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Southgate pleased with England's performance

England manager Gareth Southgate Credit: PA

Gareth Southgate says he was pleased with how his players performed following England's 1-0 defeat to Germany last night.

It was Southgate's first match as permanent boss of the Three Lions and his side showed pride, promise and potential.

"I am not somebody that is over-positive if you have been defeated, but I have to be really pleased with the way the players have played individually and in terms of the tactical system and the way that worked," Southgate said.

"Their ability to adapt quickly to that I thought was excellent.

"Up until the goal I thought we were really the better side. Germany then had a little spell when they controlled it and obviously we put some of our younger players on.

"That was a good learning experience for them, but I am very pleased with what we learned, the manner of the performance.

"And the one bit we missed was the finish. We should have had the game won, really, but I am very pleased with what we did."

Cahill: I'm confident in my England team mates

Gary Cahill enjoying his England training Credit: PA

Gary Cahill says he has confidence in his England team mates ahead of their clash with Germany tonight.

The Chelsea defender, who has made 38 appearances in all competitions this season, will wear the captain's armband in Dortmund tonight.

When asked by the media if he was intimidated by rivals Germany, he said: "Me, personally no.

"Certainly respectful of the history of what they've done but man for man I'm confident in the squad we've got and players we have when I'm going out, like against Spain.

"I'm respectful of what they've done and achieved as players.

"I'm respectful that they're top Champions League players and win trophies but I'm confident in my own team mates. So no. not really."

Ozil ruled out of Germany squad for England clash

Mesut Ozil Credit: PA

Mesut Ozil has pulled out of Germany's friendly against England with a hamstring problem.

The playmaker has not started Arsenal's last five games with a combination of illness and the hamstring injury, leading to speculation over his future at the Emirates Stadium.

Julian Draxler and Mario Gomez have also been added to the list of those unavailable for Germany, joining keeper Manuel Neuer on the sidelines.

"Neuer has reported injured, it's the same with Ozil and Draxler.

They have minor hamstring injuries but it is too much of a risk to play them.

Gomez has a groin injury."

– Joachim Low press conference


No Neuer for Germany in midweek England friendly

Manuel Neuer was beaten three times by England in the 2016 friendly in Berlin. Credit: PA

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been ruled out of Wednesday's friendly with England in Dortmund with a calf injury.

Germany boss Joachim Low has called up uncapped Paris St Germain keeper Kevin Trapp as his replacement.

Trapp will compete with Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno and Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the starting spot against the Three Lions.

The fixture comes almost a year to the day Eric Dier's injury-time header sealed a 3-2 England victory in the teams' last friendly in Berlin.

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