England (7/1 World Cup 2022 outright) manager Gareth Southgate is adamant he will “back our best players” after his side played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Germany on Monday night.
Finding themselves two goals down in the Nations League encounter after a penalty from Ilkay Gundogan and a fine strike from Kai Havertz, England then responded to the delight of the Wembley crowd.
Luke Shaw pulled one back for the Three Lions, before Mason Mount levelled the scores in the 75th minute.
Eight minutes later, England took the lead thanks to Harry Kane’s (15/2 World Cup 2022 top goalscorer) penalty, before a Nick Pope error in goal allowed Havertz to bag his second of the game in the 87th minute.
After a breathless second-half, the dust had hardly settled before some of Southgate’s selections were called into question.
The spotlight has been on defender Harry Maguire for some time and the centre-back was under scrutiny once again after giving away the opening penalty of the game.
With the World Cup in Qatar edging ever closer, Southgate is remaining loyal with players who served him well in the past.
The England boss gave special mention to Maguire and felt Shaw was also worthy of credit for his performance against Germany (10/1 World Cup 2022 outright).
“I know everybody will focus on Harry but there were some very important moments that Harry delivered during the two matches,” said Southgate.
“Luke was another example of somebody that is an outstanding footballer, so what do we do? Not pick Luke Shaw because he’s not playing enough football, or do we pick a player that can do what you saw tonight?
“That’s always going to raise debate but I think in these moments we’ve got to back our best and most experienced players, unless we’re in a situation where it’s almost untenable and impossible to pick them.”