England vs Brazil
Yes it may be an international friendly but are they ever really friendly. Brasil have more form for taking their foot of the gas in these types of matches and in the past they have had more than enough talent to step up the gears when needed. Yes at times they have become unstuck. The last thing we want to see England do is waste an opportunity, far to often they have underperformed and not just in friendlies. England have only beaten Brasil a total of 4 times in all competitions and friendly’s. Will they be able to do something a little different this time, perhaps show a little desire and passion to succeed at all costs would be a good place to start.
England vs Brazil
Wembley will once again play host to the match just days after Gareth Southgate’s side played out a goalless draw with Germany.
The match kicks off at 8pm tonight.
You can watch the match live on ITV 1 with coverage starting from 7:30pm.
Gareth Southgate has had to deal with a number of high-profile withdrawals including Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Jack Butland pulled out of the squad just hours before kick off at Wembley after breaking his finger in training.
England will also be without Manchester United defender Phil Jones who aggravated a thigh injury in Friday night’s draw with Germany.
“Jordan had an excellent game,” Southgate said. “Good experience for him, we can wrap him up now, he can go back [to Everton], we assess him now in the next period with his club and good that he goes away with a real positive experience.
“We’ve got a period now of six months where all our goalkeeping department can show what they can do. What he [Pickford] has shown is that he’s been able to make his debut at Wembley, play with composure, show all the things that he’s got, he’s still a young goalkeeper who is still learning, there’s things for him to improve on but it was a really positive debut.”
“Now’s an opportunity for Joe to have experience against top opposition as well and we’re all aware that there’s really good competition for places in that area of the pitch.
“We could take the short-term view regarding who might be more experienced going into a tournament and have more big-match experience, or we think outside the box and have a look at a few players we want to find out more about and see how they cope.
“There’s something bigger I’m working for than just getting results in the short-term and my own personal ambitions. If you’re a coach your mindset has to be to help people improve and maximise what’s possible. It is the right decision for England.