No.1 spot is up for grabs: Southgate

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"But it shows the England manager has got faith in young players and if you're doing well when you come and perform here and at your clubs then everyone's got a chance".

However, despite the spirit of two of England's greats being celebrated, John Stones' opening moments seemed anything but, with the Manchester City center back hesitating on two occasions and affording Italy's Ciro Immobile a chance to continue his high scoring campaign.

England were on course to back up their 1-0 win over the Netherlands on Friday and draws against World Cup favourites Germany and Brazil back in November thanks to Jamie Vardy's 26th-minute opener. "I don't think it's clear and obvious. We will still be monitoring everyone until the end of the season", Southgate told reporters at England's north London training base yesterday. I said we'd get pressed more, with more intensity and better angles, so we had to work that out in the early part of the game.

"I wanted to give him and Jordan a game each for the experience", Southgate said.

The young prodigy's career has been on the up this season, both on the domestic and the global stage, with Claude Puel and England U-21s' manager Aidy Boothroyd now starting to show more faith in him. We've got to try to be more effective in the final third of the field.


England begin their World Cup campaign on June 18 against Tunisia, before taking on Panama on June 24 and Belgium four days later.

Expectations are low among England fans after years of underachievement in major tournaments, but Southgate is adamant his team are heading in the right direction. "Our young players don't have that experience... we all need to understand Italy starts, not from zero, but not very far from zero".

"What is more pleasing is the way the players are starting to adapt to the system".

"We need his enthusiasm, we need players like that but at the same time we're undergoing a big change and we need to see things for what they are".

"They have to grow together, they dont have 50 or 100 caps".


Harry Maguire may not be risked after suffering tightness in a hamstring late on against the Netherlands, and there remains scope for the likes of Alfie Mawson, Lewis Cook or James Tarkowski to make their debut.

The Germans were hoping to match their record of 23 games without defeat but they lacked their usual spark, with several key players injured or rested, including Manuel Neuer, Mesut Oezil and Thomas Mueller.

"With the City aspect, and (City boss) Pep (Guardiola), he's been fantastic with me".

"So for me personally I want to be up there and keep working hard and knuckling down".


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