What Ian Wright did in England's dressing room before Germany draw

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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England begin their build-up to the 2018 World Cup tonight when they lock horns with old rivals Germany in an worldwide friendly, live on ITV 1 at 8pm. "I've settled in really well and they gave me a platform to go out and play".

"But I still think I am not in the best condition right now because I have had injuries at the start of the season which hindered my development and fitness".

Loftus-Cheek is preparing to make his full England debut on Friday night as the Three Lions take on world champions Germany at Wembley, although many are questioning his call-up to the senior team.

Every England fan knows from watching Wright as a pundit; there are not many more men passionate about England's national team than him.

According to Henry Winter of The Times, Arsenal legend and former England worldwide Ian Wright came into the dressing room before the game and handed the debutants their shirts, at Southgate's request. As inexperienced as they are at that level, there is a pathway through. "He can be really pleased with his performance".

Then he woke up and made a decision to give Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn a call to replace Jack Butland.

Aidy Boothroyd's side continued their excellent unbeaten start to their European Championship qualifying with a 2-0 win in Ukraine earlier on Friday.

The three were being checked by the Football Association's medics on Saturday night with Southgate, having originally envisaged elevating Solanke - a scorer at Kiev's Obolon Arena - Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray, opting instead for players in positions where the seniors require greater cover. Ruben [Loftus-Cheek], [Joe] Gomez, when he came on, and Jordan Pickford have shown some really good qualities.

"We'll see whether Phil [Jones] stays with us, definitely Angus [Gunn] following the injury to Jack [Butland]", Southgate confirmed when asked which players could be promoted for Tuesday's clash with Brazil.

"I was a little bit disappointed with Rose. We'll liaise with Aidy on that and go from there".

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