England's Southgate has big calls to make

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek will make his worldwide debut in midfield, while Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is also in line to win his first cap for England against the world champions.

At 21, he is the same age as Alli but has barely made 40 caps in his professional career, while the Spurs midfielder has played close to 200 games in all competitions and is an England regular.

England begin their build-up to the 2018 World Cup tonight when they lock horns with old rivals Germany in an global friendly, live on ITV 1 at 8pm.

"I don't think the wider public maybe would be as aware of him, you'd have to follow him very closely, but we believe in him and we believe in the others that we played".

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is just in-front of the duo, while Tammy Abraham and Jamie Vardy lead the line.

Many in the English game have been tipping the 20-year-old to shine on the global stage since he was in his early teens, but a combination of nagging injuries and just 32 appearances for Chelsea over three seasons has seen him overtaken by the likes of Dele Alli and, more recently, Harry Winks. "It's a great opportunity for some of these players".

It has to be said that a stalemate is a good result for Three Lions, especially given the fact that they had three debutants in the starting XI and two more would feature off the bench.

Higginbotham told Premier League Daily: "I know there have been a lot of players that have dropped out for injury and whatever reason".

There will be able a temptation to play Loftus-Cheek again after a man-of-the-match debut that followed Harry Winks' impressive bow in Lithuania last month.

Despite the new faces in contention for England starting spots, the average age for the expected starting side is 25-years-old, but Higginbotham believes that will only get lower as younger players - including those from the U21s - are handed more regular senior global game time.

"He's an exciting player - we've got a few exciting players". Gareth said to do my best like I normally do.

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