4 England Players Who Could Be in Line for Russia 2018 Starts Following Germany Draw

England's young-ish Lions shocked many on Friday evening after being able to not only hold current world champions Germany to a goalless draw at Wembley Stadium, but also create the chances to overcome the fierce test. 


On the night it was not to be, with Die Mannschaft's defence finding the answer to everything the Three Lions threw at them, however there were still many signs of positivity at both ends of the pitch. 


So, let's take a look at four players who, following their showings in the draw against Germany, who could well be in line for a starting spot in Gareth Southgate's side's tournament opener next summer...

1. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Despite names such as Dele Alli, Adam Lallana, Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson all usually occupying the midfield during an England international break week, the addition of Ruben Loftus-Cheek was certainly a well received one. 


The 21-year-old's sheer strength as well as his creative stroke puts him in a slightly more similar bracket to that of Alli in comparison to Lallana, however the Londoner was certainly a cut above the rest in the centre of the park for the Three Lions on Friday. 


Coming up against the best team in the world on your debut is no easy thing, especially considering the sheer quality of squad depth the Germans possess. 


Admittedly, even the visitors did not field their full strength squad all the way through, however Loftus-Cheek's outstanding performance will certainly be causing Southgate some selection headaches. 

2. Jordan Pickford

The England goalkeeping saga is one that is seemingly never ending, as since the days of David Seaman, apart from a few years of Joe Hart's tenure, the number one spot has been heavily disputed. 


Southgate, after securing qualification to next summer's finals, finally seems to be putting his own stamp on proceedings, with the 47-year-old instilling his trust in an abundance of youth for the duo of November friendlies. 


One of which being Everton's Jordan Pickford, who, similarly to Loftus-Cheek, had an international debut to savour. 


It was the on-loan Chelsea man who picked up the Man of the Match accolade following the 90 minutes, however Pickford's contribution was just as, even if not more, meaningful to the stalemate. 


Twice the former Sunderland shot stopper denied RB Leipzig's Timo Werner from close range by producing similar cat-like reactions to hero Jimmy Montgomery, who will always be remembered in that very stadium. 


Alongside this, the Washington-born custodian's kicking ability is unmatched by any other Three Lions goalkeeper, and offers his side the ability to utilise Jamie Vardy's pace or Harry Kane's hold up play on the counter attack. 


So, with a number of England supporters calling for Hart's head, could Pickford be the man to bolster the defensive efforts in Russia? 

3. Harry Maguire

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire was able to record his second international cap on Friday following his debut in England's 1-0 win over Lithuania in October. 


The 24-year-old is yet another key factor in Southgate's wave of the next generation within his squad, and once again he proved to be the correct call. 


For the most part, aside from a couple of first-half errors, the Three Lions looked very comfortable at the back against Germany, who possessed some of the most creative, attacking talent in Europe at this given moment. 


Maguire, as in Lithuania, seemed to be a cornerstone in that defensive success, and if he was not almost assured of a place in the opening XI next June, he surely is now. 

4. John Stones

Manchester City's John Stones is no England newbie, with this week marking his 21st appearance for his country. 


However, something that is a recent development is the consistency and importance of the 23-year-old within the Three Lions defence. 


As has been the case with Pep Guardiola's Citizen's so far this term, the Barnsley-born centre back seemed to be the key to the undefeated back three on Friday, playing a mature anchor role whilst still implementing his on-the-ball skill. 


Stones has received a mass of criticism in the past, however showings so far this campaign have gone some way in muting doubters and the player is edging ever closer to the level tipped when he was a youngster. 


Without doubt the former Everton, now City star will be within Southgate's travelling contingent, and if his form remains, he could well prove to be an instrumental factor in any summer success.