Shy Ruben Loftus-Cheek proves fascinating presence against Germany | Barney Ronay

Gareth Southgate’s young England side gave the world champions plenty to think about and with more experience the boys have potential to go on to better things

The kids are – sort of – all right. At times, perhaps even a little better than all right. Gareth Southgate has often been portrayed as a strikingly beige figure in his short England reign, an FA insider bringing with him all the chin-stroking touchline charisma of a friendly, doomed supply teacher who really hopes everyone will stop talking and listen to him discuss sedimentary rock patterns if he just stands here and frowns for a bit longer.This, though, was a good moment for Southgate, and...