As Gareth Southgate continues to run the rule over prospective candidates for England’s World Cup squad, he welcomes Brazil to Wembley for a friendly.

 

Team News

The ex England U21 boss has called up three youngsters in the form of; Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook and Angus Gunn. 

They could all get their senior debuts here because Southgate is keen to give youngsters chances. 

Tottenham’s Eric Dier will remain as captain, having impressed against Germany on Friday. 

Joe Hart will feature in goal, replacing Everton’s Jordan Pickford who wowed against the Germans. 

 

Tight record

In nine friendly meetings, England have won, drawn and lost three so we can expect a tough duel in store. 

In their last five meetings on English soil, the Three Lions have netted six times to the Brazilians’ four goals. 

 

Youth to the future

In my squad analysis ahead of this friendly window, I criticised Southgate for failing to use these games to experiment with plenty of uncapped youngsters. 

Now, I take that back because he has actually given youngsters a chance. 

The three called up over this weekend are all great players for the future so if they start here, it will send a strong message to current members who probably expect to be going to Russia next summer.

In his pre match press talk, the ex Middlesbrough boss commented on the quality of Gunn, Cook and Solanke, saying; “Angus has worked with the under-21s with us (Southgate’s coaching team) and he is playing in the league,”

 

Cook and Solanke

Dominic Solanke and Lewis Cook

 

“The other two are captain of the Under-20 World Cup winners (Cook) and the Golden Boot winner in the Under-20s World Cup (Solanke). 

 

Prediction

Brazil will be a much tougher test  than the Germans, with likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Ederson all likely to start. 

Realistically, if England play like they did on Friday but with different players then they could get a draw. 

Failure to do so and I can only see defeat but there is one good light from this game. 

The main positive will be much needed experience for those, who graduated into the senior fold since the last meeting in June 2013. 

Prediction: England 0-2 Brazil

Result: England 0-0 Brazil

 

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