International Friendly: England 0-0 Brazil (Highlights)
England’s young side were put to the test but earned a credible 0-0 draw with Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday night.
Southgate made five changes to the team that started the 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday, giving Liverpool defender Joe Gomez a full debut and introducing Dominic Solanke as a substitute for his first cap.
“It gives me plenty to think about,” Southgate told BBC Radio 5 live. “We are in the early stages of piecing this team together and it gives me huge heart.
“We took some brave decisions and, goodness me, the young players have rewarded me with some top performances.”
Following a dull goalless first half game, Philippe Coutinho’s forced a good save from Joe Hart, before Fernandinho hit the outside of the post with a long-range strike.
England now wait until March for their next games, with friendlies against Netherlands and Italy in March, but both Gareth Southgate’s side and Brazil will have more than a keen eye on the World Cup draw on December 1 in Moscow.
Southgate’s side can take heart from emerging undefeated from two goalless draws with World Cup holders Germany and Brazil in this international break.
“In terms of heart, resilience and spirit it was up there with anything I’ve been involved in,” he added to ITV Sport.
“We couldn’t get hold of the ball and keep it. Tonight we just showed resilience, guts and some outstanding defending and I’m incredibly proud.”
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