"There were a few shaky moments early on and their system caused us some problems but actually ours caused them some problems too".
"It was a bit end-to-end, but I thought we showed real composure with the ball throughout the team".
Abraham and Loftus-Cheek are both on a season-long loan deals at Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively from Chelsea, and Higginbotham believes they have a "great opportunity" to impress Southgate. I don't take risks with players.
The big midfielder took the calm, nearly casual approach that Chelsea did not consider good enough to give him more than occasional opportunities, on to the global stage.More news: Hasbro Makes Bid For Rival Toymaker Mattel
But Southgate has always had faith in the youngsters after working so closely with them when he was manager of the Under-21s and he made a big call by naming three debutants.
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That proved to be the end for Jones as further injury misfortune for Southgate required the introduction of another newcomer in Joe Gomez, who then lost the lively Werner and watched on with some relief as Pickford saved superbly.
Gareth Southgate has admitted England's set-up is not at the same stage as Germany's, and said it will take time for players from the youth teams to break into the senior side.
"There weren't many chances, but we need to switch between attack and defence better and quicker ahead of the World Cup".