Gareth Southgate hails Adam Lallana and Dele Alli
Lukas Podolski's stunning strike handed Germany a 1-0 win last night, but the world champions will feel fortunate to have beaten England.
Lallana hit the post and Alli saw a shot saved at point-blank range by Germany keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the first half as England dominated, creating the better chances.
Adam Lallana hit the post in the first-half
And manager Southgate has hailed the midfield pair's pressing and movement at the Westfalenstadion.
"I think Dele and Adam – and Jesse (Lingard) as well – are fantastic at finding space between that line, between the midfield and defence of the opposition," Southgate said.
"But they are also brilliant at sensing the right moments to press and win the ball.
Dele Alli hit his shit straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen
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"I think in the past maybe creative players haven't always had the work ethic those two have.
"You know, they cover a phenomenal amount of distance and that allows you to get pressure on the opposition.
"It is not as if we are carrying those creative players. They put in as much as work as everybody else. I think it is very exciting for what we can do moving forwards."