England's Eric Dier satisfied with Germany draw

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The central midfielder, who is on loan to Crystal Palace from the Blues, was handed his first England appearance from the start against Germany - and repaid Gareth Southgate's faith in him.

"But I'm really happy, it was a tough game against a good Germany side and it was a very tactical game".

"For the France game, I have to take into consideration that they're very fast in attack and they play a lot on the counter-attack, so you've got to weigh all that up when you put your team together".

'I had Gareth for almost three years in the Under-21s so it wasn't too much of a new thing coming here.

"I'm really not surprised with what they've done".

"To go to the World Cup it's a long season and I still have to improve".

Both goalkeepers were forced into making good saves to keep the scores level as chances were made at both ends of the pitch, but senior midfield enforcer Dier was not someone who stood out to BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Mills. It took him 10 minutes to realise, "I'm OK here, I can play" - and he is capable of anything.

England's Eric Dier says that Gareth Southgate's young charges played well against world champions Germany. He has the physical attributes and he can handle the ball.

"He has great technical quality, dribbling ability, power, I think he's a really exciting player".

A largely underwhelming England display was briefly illuminated by a stunning piece of skill from debutant Ruben Loftus-Cheek on Friday evening.

"I'll find out who played well tonight (for the Under-21s), who warrants the decision, and liaise with Aidy (Boothroyd) on that and go from there".

'I watched Bakayoko the other day up front or playing further forward against Manchester United and he never done anything in that game that made me think that he's a better player than Loftus-Cheek, ' Wright told ITV Sport.

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