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

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England played out a 0-0 draw with world champions Germany on Friday night.

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.

Gareth Southgate's England squad had been crippled with injuries in the run-up to the friendly and it gave the former England Under-21 boss the opportunity to hand some of his former starlets a chance.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the man who excelled above everyone else and the Chelsea man on-loan at Crystal Palace walked away with the Man of the Match award.

Tammy Abraham, Jordan Pickford, Joe Gomez and Jack Cork also made their first appearances for England and they came away with a credible result.

Winning your first cap for your country is a special moment in any player's career, but Southgate went out of his way to make it all the more special for his young troops.

According to Henry Winter of The Times, Arsenal legend and former England international Ian Wright came into the dressing room before the game and handed the debutants their shirts, at Southgate's request.

Wright was described as being nervous, but then emotional as he made a lasting impression on the young internationals.

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

Southgate wants more former players to get involved with the national set-up and it has to be said, it seems like a good idea.

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Speaking of ideas, Wright believes that the Chelsea youngsters that make it into the England squad will have to leave Stamford Bridge permanently to further their careers.

“Tammy [Abraham] and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as much as they are Chelsea players, they’re on-loan somewhere else, they’ve gone somewhere else,” Wright said.

“What we’ve seen is Gareth will pick those players. As inexperienced as they are at that level, there is a pathway through.

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“It seems like if these guys keep progressing and playing as well as they are, then it seems to me they’re going to have to leave those clubs.

“Get into other clubs, play in their first-team, and you’ve got a much better opportunity of playing at the highest level.

“International football, whatever you say, is the highest level.”

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