England V Brazil Preview : Another Tough Game for the Kids
Event Venue: Wembley Stadium, Tuesday 14 November 7.45pm. Live on ITV1.See Stats
England did well to get a goalless draw against Germany on Friday but the games don't get any easier for the youngsters. Our preview looks ahead to their home friendly against Brazil.
Youth Bid to Shine Again
England's inexperienced side defied the critics to earn a goalless draw against Germany. You did get the feeling that if that had been a competitive game the Germans would have moved up another gear and got the win. Then again, if it had been a competitive fixture, there might not have been so many players pulling out injured.
More of the under-21 squad have been called up for this game which is ok on one hand but England are supposed to be preparing for the World Cup not the next European championships. Heaven knows what Chelsea fans were thinking as they saw two of their own making impressive debuts and then later this week return to their loan clubs.
Hopefully Southgate will give Marcus Rashford a start in this game against Brazil, it seemed illogical that he was on the subs bench at the start of the German game. England will be without Phil Jones for this game but Gary Cahill is likely to be in the starting line-up which isn't such good news if Chelsea fans are to be believed. Another promising display will put smiles on the faces of some England fans but it won't really help Southgate too much as he plans for next year and if England have a disaster in Russia next year, he might not even be around to see the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham become England regulars.
Brazil in Top Form
Brazil head to Wembley on a run of just one defeat in their last 17 internationals. They walked the South American qualifying group winning it by ten points and that's a group England would do well to qualify from. After the problems they had in the 2014 World Cup culminating in that diasastrous 7-1 defeat by Germany the Brazilians have recovered well and will be in their usual position as one of the leading favourites to win the tournament in Russia next year.
Last week they beat Japan 3-1 and that match saw them field stars such as Neymar, Fernandinho, Willian and Gabriel Jesus. Brazil illustrated the terrifying strength in depth their squad has. Fans of Liverpool would be distraught if in their next game in the top league in England, they put Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the subs bench, but that's just what Brazii did against Japan. Other stars on that subs bench included Manchester City goalie Ederson, Douglas Costa, Paulinho and Dani Alves but at least England will have some uncapped under-21s ready to go on the pitch. With such strength in depth, this could be a long night for England.
England did well to get a draw with Germany on Friday but the injury list grows and the opposition doesn't get any easier. Brazil had a good win over Japan last week and this preview believes they can get a victory in this game.
- England have won nine of their last ten home games.
- England have kept five clean sheets in their last seven home matches.
- At home England have only lost one of their last 21 home games.
- Brazil are unbeaten in their last six games.
- England have only lost one of their last four games against Brazil.
- Both teams have scored in five of the last six games between these two sides.
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