Dier skippers England to a draw with World Champions Germany


Gareth Southgate is set to hand England worldwide debuts to Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jordan Pickford against Germany, according to Sky sources.

Liverpool striker Solanke opened the scoring in Kiev, continuing the fine global form that saw him win the Golden Ball as England lifted the Under-20 World Cup in the summer. Mentally it takes the pressure off.

Loftus-Cheek looked like a seasoned worldwide on the Wembley turf, pulling off a nutmeg and a Cruyff turn in the first half before being clattered as he played with a real swagger against Joachim Low's silverware-heavy team.

The stats make for good reading as Loftus-Cheek had a 96 percent pass completion rate, completing 50 successful passes out of 52.

"Chelsea are a massive club and I understand that opportunities don't come to everyone - and don't come often".

"He's an exciting player - we've got a few exciting players". I don't think the wider public will be as aware of him, you would have to have followed him very closely, but we believe in him and the others we played. So for me to get to that next level I needed to play regular football.

Asked if he has been in contact with Antonio Conte since the summer, Loftus-Cheek replied: "No".

"So being at Palace gives me the platform to learn and develop".

Dier had been handed the captaincy following the withdrawal from the squad of Spurs teammate, Harry Kane, following a kick on the knee during the North Londoners 1-0 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace last time out.

"There are no guarantees but I feel I have a better chance of playing".

The Chelsea player, now on loan at fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace continued: "It could have been better, if we had won it would have been better".

The Three Lions' starting lineup was made up of just one player aged 30 or over - Jamie Vardy - while five stars were handed their senior bows by Southgate on the Wembley turf. He's got so many good attributes, top attributes, and that's why we put him into the team.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.