ENGLAND V BRAZIL

England vs Brazil - International Friendly

England goalkeeper Joe Hart stops Brazil's Gabriel Jesus

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ENGLAND V BRAZIL

World Cup: England v Brazil

Gareth Southgate's side were solid in the opening 45 minutes as England faced their second big test on the Road to Russia hosting mighty Brazil in a World Cup warm-up at Wembley with their fans strongly supporting their team. South American's dangerous triple-pronged attack trio of Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, PSG's Neymar and Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus were held from scoring goals. England captain Dani Alves warned in the build-up to the game that Man City's twenty-year-old Jesus was the 'new Ronaldo'. Although Jesus has been outstanding in the England Premier League, he was kept quiet in the opening period against England.England vs Brazil - International Friendly

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was forced off with an injury early on. Eric Dier had a calming influence on Jake Livermore and Joe Gomez was steady as well. After a hard-fought battle, England was able to keep Brazil from scoring in the first half. The score at half-time was England 0-0 Brazil.

In the second half, the Three Lions defended well against the dynamic skills of Brazil and kept another clean sheet with Joe Hart getting the credit after England held Germany 0-0 last Friday. Southgate was pleased with how his team fared, considering that Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Raheem Sterling were out in the match that resulted in a 0-0 goalless draw.

England Training and Press Conference

Three Lions Eric Dier with England manager, Gareth Southgate

England manager, Gareth Southgate was interviewed before the start of his side's friendly match against Brazil and asked to comment on the fitness of Brazil. 

“They’re the best team in the World Cup,” replied Southgate. “They annihilated everyone in South America. But it’s always our intention to test ourselves against the very best and let’s see what’s possible. We’ve got to dream of what’s possible, not be a team that worries about what they’ve got to lose. To have success next summer, we’ve got to beat these probably. It’s a good opportunity to test ourselves and see where we are.”

England vs Brazil - International Friendly

Squads

England stayed with the same three at the back, but they make five changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Germany. Joe Hart, Joe Gomez, Kyle Walker, Ryan Bertrand and Marcus Rashford started, Jordan Pickford, Phil Jones, Kieran Trippier, Ryan Bertrand and Tammy Abraham are out. Dominic Solanke and Lewis Cook are on the bench, but may make their debuts.

England 

Hart; Gomez, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Dier, Livermore, Bertrand; Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford.

Brazil

Allison; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto; Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

Russia vs Argentina - International Friendly

Argentina and Manchester City superstar striker Sergio “Kun” Aguero

Nigeria 4-2 Argentina

Argentina and Manchester City superstar striker Sergio “Kun” Aguero was taken to a hospital after he fainted during half-time of Argentina’s 4-2 friendly defeat to Nigeria. The Argentine FA said reported that the Man City forward “had a blackout and was taken to hospital for routine examinations were made only as a precaution”. The incident occurred after Agüero had scored in the first half. In the match, Argentina without Lionel Messi wasted a two-goal lead and slipped to a shocking 4-2 defeat. Ever Banega and Agüero gave Argentina the lead, with Agüero’s Manc City team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho scoring for Nigeria just before half-time with a free-kick. Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scored twice and Brian Idowu also found the net for Nigeria in the second half.

Argentina defender Javier Mascherano said, “Playing against a team of such physical strength you pay the price. They walked all over us and when we tried to get back on the match we couldn’t.”

Argentina secured its spot at the World Cup in the last round of South American qualifiers but has not fared as well as expected without superstar Lionel Messi.

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International Friendlies Results

South Korea 1-1 Serbia

China 0-4 Columbia

Argentina 2-4 Nigeria

Qatar 1-1 Iceland

Slovakia 1-0 Norway

Russia 3-3 Spain

Romania 0-0 Holland

Hungary 1-0 Costa Rica

Austria 2-1 Uruguay

Belgium 1-0 Japan

Germany 1-2 France

Wales 1-0 Panama

England 0-0 Brazil

Portugal 1-1 USA

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England vs Brazil - International Friendly

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