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England 0-0 Brazil: Hosts earn credible goalless draw at Wembley again

Brazil fielded a strong XI and dominated possession in the first half, but failed to get past England's stubborn back line as Southgate tested out a back three.

England 0-0 Brazil: Hosts earn credible goalless draw at Wembley again

Brazil fielded a strong XI and dominated possession in the first half, but failed to get past England's stubborn back line as Southgate tested out a back three.

15 November 2017 Wednesday 07:42
England 0-0 Brazil: Hosts earn credible goalless draw at Wembley again

England's young side were put to the test but earned a credible 0-0 draw with Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday night.

Following a goalless first half lacking in chances, Philippe Coutinho's poked effort forced a good save from Joe Hart, before Fernandinho hit the outside of the post with a long-range effort.

England now wait until March for their next games, with friendlies against Netherlands and Italy in March, but both Gareth Southgate's side and Brazil will have more than a keen eye on the World Cup draw on December 1 in Moscow.

Brazil fielded a strong XI and dominated possession in the first half, but failed to get past England's stubborn back line as Southgate tested out a back three again.

Dominic Solanke

Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was man of the match on his debut against Germany, went off injured after just 35 minutes, but Liverpool defender Joe Gomez fared better on his full debut, earning the man-of-the-match award at centre-half.

Chances finally came in the second half as Hart closed down the gap well to block Coutinho's shot following lovely skill on the edge of the box by Neymar, before Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho nearly found the bottom corner with a shot from 25 yards.

Hart, looking to stake a claim for the No 1 jersey ahead of next summer's World Cup, then did well to beat away Paulinho's effort from an angle, and England fans had to wait until the final minute to see their side's first real chance.

After Tammy Abraham flicked on Ashley Young's dangerous left-wing cross, Dominic Solanke got the ball stuck under his feet unmarked at the far post on his England debut, and was then closed down by Brazil goalkeeper Alisson.

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball

Brazil, ranked No 2 in the world, had 66 per cent possession at Wembley, but Southgate will be pleased with his side's defensive showing again after their goalless draw with world champions Germany on Friday.

The 20-year-old, up against Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and team-mate Philippe Coutinho, was England's best player at Wembley, and contributed all over the defensive third as the hosts reduced the trio to a whimper of long-range efforts in the first half.

Gomez made eight interceptions and registered a 87 per cent pass completion rate on a night England struggled to keep the ball in large parts. We'll no doubt see him again in the lead up to Russia.

Sky sports

Updated: 16.11.2017 10:22
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