England's game v Germany last night may have not been the most exciting of friendlies, but it was still very encouraging for England fans.
With a catalogue of injuries plaguing his side, Gareth Southgate decided to call up a young squad for England's two games at Wembley this month.
Tammy Abraham, Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were all rewarded with starting berths, and Joe Gomez and Jack Cork both made appearances off the bench, meaning five players were handed debuts for their country.
Despite being outplayed in the first half, England's youthful side arguably had the better of their opponents in the second 45 minutes, and could have even snatched victory had Jesse Lingard converted a glorious chance with the last kick of the game.
Nevertheless, England's youthful side proved they could mix it with the best the world has to offer, with Loftus-Cheek and Pickford in particular impressing.
SOUTHGATE WAS IMPRESSED WITH ENGLAND'S PERFORMANCE
And Southgate was extremely pleased with his side, saying: "I'm really not surprised by what [the young players] have done because they've shown that previously in other ages and this week in training. There has been an energy about the group.
"It seemed as if there has been loads of pull-outs but actually, it's been really tight and without getting too carried away, I thought the performance was a really encouraging one.
"It was a brilliant experience for our players and we've now got to see if we can try and replicate that against a side who rested a lot of their players today on Tuesday. For me, it was a real positive tonight."
SOUTHGATE IS SET TO REWARD THREE MORE YOUNGSTERS WITH CALL-UP'S
Having been impressed with his youthful side, the Telegraph claim that the England boss is set to reward three more youngsters with a call up for their game v Brazil on Tuesday.
According to the Telegraph, Southgate is keen to reward those that played a key role in England's youth sides this summer, and intends to hand further debuts to Liverpool's Dominic Solanke, Bournemouth's Lewis Cook, and Manchester City's Angus Gunn.
Both Solanke and Cook played key roles in England Under 20's World Cup winning side, whereas Gunn is England's established goalkeeper at Under 21 level, and will act as cover for Jordan Pickford.