This Tuesday, England take on Brazil in their second friendly ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
The Three Lions will be looking to build on an impressive 0-0 draw against Germany against the team ranked number two in the world. The result and performance showed encouraging signs from England, for one of the first times under Gareth Southgate. The weakened England side could have easily nicked the win with chances from Abraham and Lingard almost going in. With that being said, Germany also had great chances of their own. Sane hit the bar early on before Pickford was forced into three great saves after that. Still, if the likes of Alli and Kane started, England could have been much more clinical and perhaps got the win.
Brazil meanwhile comfortable beat Japan 3-1 away from home. Brazil led 3-0 at halftime with goals from Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus. Japan pulled one back in the second half but couldn’t mount a comeback. Neymar’s goal came from the penalty spot but Neymar also missed a penalty. Part of the reason Brazil may have lost the second half is that they made a host of changes at half-time with one eye on the England game…
England are of course without Kane, Alli, Winks, Sterling, Delph and Henderson after they pulled out of the squad before the Germany match. Butland also pulled out just before with a broken finger and now Jones has pulled out after suffering an injury during the Germany match. Solanke, Gunn and Cook have joined the squad, all for the first time. It will most likely be a similar lineup to the one that drew with Germany due to such a lack of good squad depth now. Rashford may get a start up front, being the only striker who didn’t start against Germany. Young may be tried out at left wing-back but Southgate will want to avoid playing players who won’t play in the World Cup.
Brazil will most likely go with their strongest lineup as they’d want time for the players to gel as a team. This means the likes of Jesus and Neymar will most likely be starting. They do not have the same injury concerns as England. Paulinho, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Willian and Casmeiro may all also start too. Fernandinho and Danilo my also play and face up against Manchester City team mates Stones and Walker. David Luiz is out however with an injury.
England fans may feel a bit more excited about their chances at the World Cup if they were to get another result here. However, it’s hard to see the Three Lions scoring without Kane or Alli. Vardy and Rashford can both score but against such good opposition, you feel it’s unlikely. If Pickford is in the same form as he was against Germany then Brazil won’t find it easy, especially against the five at the back formation. However, with such a deadly attack, Neymar and Jesus, I can’t see England keeping another clean sheet.
Prediction: England 0-1 Brazil
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