Gareth Southgate has praised his England team for "putting their bodies on the line" in a 1-1 draw with Germany in the Nations League on Tuesday evening.
Harry Kane’s late penalty secured Southgate’s side a hard-fought Nations League draw in Munich, after Jonas Hofmann struck earlier in the second half for Germany.
The home side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and looked to be on course for a memorable victory, only for England to dig deep to salvage a point.
And England’s resilience impressed Southgate, ahead of Saturday’s match against Italy plus you can check out more about premier league action as well.
"In the second half we started a little bit slowly out of possession, we weren’t aggressive enough with our pressure and then we conceded," Southgate said. "So to respond in the way they did was fantastic.
"It’s an important sign for them as much as anything. Of course for everybody else watching, too. But in this team we still have seven or eight players who got us to a World Cup semi-final, that’s why those players are so important,
"That core of the team, they put their bodies on the line for each other, and on nights like that you have to do that to get a result."
Captain Kane also sought to praise England’s character after the match.
"It was really important to show the mentality and even going 1-0 behind, it showed good character from us, away from home, to come back into the game and get a result," Kane told Channel 4.
"We were playing against a very good Germany side and it shows where we are. We still have to make improvements but we are working hard and the World Cup will be here before we know it so we have to keep doing well."
England, still bottom of Group A3, play Italy at Molineux on June 11 and Hungary at the same ground on June 14, before resuming their Nations League campaign in September.