England ready to face Brazil

Gareth Southgate’s inexperienced England squad continue their World Cup preparations as they welcome to Wembley the five-time world champions Brazil.

The Three Lions’ boss will most likely rotate his team following the 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday, during which Joe Gomez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jack Cork and Tammy Abraham made their debuts. Joe Hart and Gary Cahill are amongst four players that did not play and could be expected start the game.

As for Brazil, they beat Japan 3-1 on Friday afternoon in a friendly played in Lille, France. Goals from Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus helped the South Americans to a second successive win. Selecao are currently ranked second in the world and will be seeded for next month’s World Cup draw.

England, who are ranked 12th, have struggled against their opponents in recent years, winning just once in their last 10 meetings, that 2-1 victory caming in the sides’ last Wembley meeting back in 2013.

Both nations are currently enjoying a decent run of form ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia. Neither have lost since June, when England lost away to France and Brazil were beaten by arch-rivals Argentina.

Regardless, as the game is a friendly and Southgate’s squad has been ruptured by several key players dropping out, the result will not be the be all and end all for the former Middlesbrough manager. Instead, he will look more for positive performances from those players pushing for a seat on the plane to Russia in June.


Goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford (Everton), Joe Hart (West Ham United)

Defenders – John Stones (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Michael Keane (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders – Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Jack Cork (Burnley), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace), Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Forwards – Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Tammy Abraham (Swansea City)


Goalkeepers – Ederson (Manchester City), Alisson (Roma), Cassio (Corinthians)

Defenders – Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Jemerson (Monaco), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Danilo (Manchester City), Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain)

Midfielders – Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Giuliano (Fenerbahce), Diego Souza (Sport), Diego (Flamengo)

Forwards – Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Willian (Chelsea), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)

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