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George Graham: 'Spurs are a bit further ahead of Arsenal now' 

It might be 22 years since George Graham left Arsenal but anyone doubting his enduring influence on each and every player he managed need only have been at the Odeon Cinema in Holloway last week. “George? Terrifying. Scared stiff of him,” says Lee Dixon. “Every so often you would think he was your mate but then you’d give the ball away and he would want to tear your head off. There’s still an aura. Put it this way. If he tells me to get him an ice-cream tonight, I’ll go and get him an ice-cream.” Paul Merson then recalls how his old manager once dealt with him giggling during training. “He didn’t say a word but then the team went up and I never played for two months.” It was of course a very different era at Arsenal – captured beautifully in the new 89 film that chronicles how they dramatically clinched the 1988-89 league title in the final seconds of the season – and one that was indelibly shaped by Graham. The stark contrast in managerial style to Arsene Wenger has only deepened a slightly rose-tinted nostalgia for the time but anyone questioning whether the modern Arsenal could benefit from a dollop of Graham-style resilience and discipline must have had their eyes shut for the past decade. Dixon tells me that you would have the “perfect” team if you could somehow combine his former managers, although he does pinpoint a pathological hatred of losing and utter certainty in their respective philosophy as shared traits. Graham arrives at the premiere of 89 Credit: Dave Benett/WireImage Graham agrees. “I don’t want to knock Arsene,” he says. “I think Arsene has been not only great for Arsenal but English football. He believes in attacking, possession football. That’s his strength. His philosophy has never changed, and that is why there are a lot of fans very supportive of him and a few saying, the way the club is structured, they could and should be doing better. A lot of people are too critical in one department [but] in the other, you can say, ‘they have got a case’. It’s a matter of finding some balance. If you said to Tottenham and a lot of clubs, ‘You are going to finish in the top four and win the FA Cup’, I think they would say, ‘Thank-you very much’. When Arsenal are playing the way they can, they are still one of the best and most attractive teams. I just have a little bit of doubt when they haven’t got the ball and the opposition have.” Graham then lets out a chuckle. “I’m trying to be nice,” he says, before explaining how, in practice, he used to organise his teams defensively. “Divide the width of the pitch with four players. Then, if we won possession, release one of the full-backs and divide the pitch by three rather than four.” Graham grimaces at the now common sight of two attacking full-backs simultaneously bombing forward. “I think, boy, they better have two good centre-halves to cover the width of the pitch. There are very few clubs in the Premier League who’ve got the balance right.” Arsenal famously conceded only 18 goals in Graham’s other championship-winning season in 1990-91 (they have already let in 16 this season) but he says that there was one superior defensive team. “AC Milan. They were the only team who played offside better than us - sprinting up as a group. Fantastic!” Now 72, and certainly mellowed in the 16 years since his career ended at Tottenham Hotspur, Graham will be back at The Emirates this lunchtime for one of the most eagerly awaited North London derbies of recent times. Never in Wenger’s tenure have Tottenham seemed so formidable and Arsenal so simultaneously vulnerable. Graham can see a power-shift, albeit with caveats. “It all depends what day you see Arsenal,” he says. “I do think Tottenham are the best defensive team in the league. [Mauricio] Pochettino believes in the pressing game but you need players to buy into that. Most want to be on the ball, not trying to win it back. That’s the hardest thing to sell but you can see the players buy into how he wants to coach. Once you have that, you can get success. I think they have a few little problems. I think you need a stronger squad. Arsenal have been much the stronger over the last few decades but I see Tottenham level now and maybe a little bit further forward. It’s a young side so you think they can only get better.” By contrast, Arsenal have the feel of a team nearing the end of a cycle and Graham believes that it would have been better simply to sell Alexis Sanchez if he wanted to join Manchester City. “If players don’t want to buy into what you are doing and want to move on - and you can tell day-to-day – then fair enough. It’s a win, win. You get a fabulous fee and you invest it in another player.” Graham hard at work at Shenley in 1992 Credit: haun Botterill/Allsport UK/Getty Images Graham actually made that very call in selling Michael Thomas to Liverpool two years after scoring the goal that has now been immortalised on screen. It must have been strange to see your younger self starring in a film? “I look back now and I say, ‘Oh my god, was I so confident? I don’t believe this’,” says Graham. “It surprised me a little bit how positive I was.” Remarkably, Graham had told his players before kick-off that night at Anfield how the match would unfold. “Don’t concede, be cautious, 0-0 at half-time is perfect. Then we’ll open a bit, score and they’ll be nervous. We’ll win 2-0.” The rest is of course history but last week was also a reminder of the enduring chemistry within a group that was meticulously assembled by a manager who would devour local newspapers for insight into potential signings. “If I was interested, I would see if I knew any of the coaches or players they had worked for. I wanted to find out about their ambition and attitude to training.” Graham was ahead of his time in the attention he paid to the character of new recruits and Dixon feels that, in retiring at 57 following subsequent jobs with Leeds United and Spurs, he finished “too early”. Yet having achieved the extraordinary feat of winning the league title, FA Cup, League Cup as well as a European trophy as both a player and manager, Graham appears genuinely content with the timing of his departure. He has been struggling with rheumatoid arthritis but evidently loves his garden, golf and “the big games” on TV. “I enjoy watching you lot on the Sunday Supplement as well,” he says. “I think I did it the right way. I worked my way up and learnt from some great coaches like Terry Venables, Dave Sexton and Don Howe. Three years at Millwall was like nine years’ experience. I went up the ladder the right way and I wasn’t prepared to come back down, dropping clubs, standards and losing whatever reputation I had. If I was going to finish, it would be at the top. That’s the way I felt and I have never regretted it.” 89 is in OurScreen.com cinemas and on DVD and digital download this month

George Graham: 'Spurs are a bit further ahead of Arsenal now' 

It might be 22 years since George Graham left Arsenal but anyone doubting his enduring influence on each and every player he managed need only have been at the Odeon Cinema in Holloway last week. “George? Terrifying. Scared stiff of him,” says Lee Dixon. “Every so often you would think he was your mate but then you’d give the ball away and he would want to tear your head off. There’s still an aura. Put it this way. If he tells me to get him an ice-cream tonight, I’ll go and get him an ice-cream.” Paul Merson then recalls how his old manager once dealt with him giggling during training. “He didn’t say a word but then the team went up and I never played for two months.” It was of course a very different era at Arsenal – captured beautifully in the new 89 film that chronicles how they dramatically clinched the 1988-89 league title in the final seconds of the season – and one that was indelibly shaped by Graham. The stark contrast in managerial style to Arsene Wenger has only deepened a slightly rose-tinted nostalgia for the time but anyone questioning whether the modern Arsenal could benefit from a dollop of Graham-style resilience and discipline must have had their eyes shut for the past decade. Dixon tells me that you would have the “perfect” team if you could somehow combine his former managers, although he does pinpoint a pathological hatred of losing and utter certainty in their respective philosophy as shared traits. Graham arrives at the premiere of 89 Credit: Dave Benett/WireImage Graham agrees. “I don’t want to knock Arsene,” he says. “I think Arsene has been not only great for Arsenal but English football. He believes in attacking, possession football. That’s his strength. His philosophy has never changed, and that is why there are a lot of fans very supportive of him and a few saying, the way the club is structured, they could and should be doing better. A lot of people are too critical in one department [but] in the other, you can say, ‘they have got a case’. It’s a matter of finding some balance. If you said to Tottenham and a lot of clubs, ‘You are going to finish in the top four and win the FA Cup’, I think they would say, ‘Thank-you very much’. When Arsenal are playing the way they can, they are still one of the best and most attractive teams. I just have a little bit of doubt when they haven’t got the ball and the opposition have.” Graham then lets out a chuckle. “I’m trying to be nice,” he says, before explaining how, in practice, he used to organise his teams defensively. “Divide the width of the pitch with four players. Then, if we won possession, release one of the full-backs and divide the pitch by three rather than four.” Graham grimaces at the now common sight of two attacking full-backs simultaneously bombing forward. “I think, boy, they better have two good centre-halves to cover the width of the pitch. There are very few clubs in the Premier League who’ve got the balance right.” Arsenal famously conceded only 18 goals in Graham’s other championship-winning season in 1990-91 (they have already let in 16 this season) but he says that there was one superior defensive team. “AC Milan. They were the only team who played offside better than us - sprinting up as a group. Fantastic!” Now 72, and certainly mellowed in the 16 years since his career ended at Tottenham Hotspur, Graham will be back at The Emirates this lunchtime for one of the most eagerly awaited North London derbies of recent times. Never in Wenger’s tenure have Tottenham seemed so formidable and Arsenal so simultaneously vulnerable. Graham can see a power-shift, albeit with caveats. “It all depends what day you see Arsenal,” he says. “I do think Tottenham are the best defensive team in the league. [Mauricio] Pochettino believes in the pressing game but you need players to buy into that. Most want to be on the ball, not trying to win it back. That’s the hardest thing to sell but you can see the players buy into how he wants to coach. Once you have that, you can get success. I think they have a few little problems. I think you need a stronger squad. Arsenal have been much the stronger over the last few decades but I see Tottenham level now and maybe a little bit further forward. It’s a young side so you think they can only get better.” By contrast, Arsenal have the feel of a team nearing the end of a cycle and Graham believes that it would have been better simply to sell Alexis Sanchez if he wanted to join Manchester City. “If players don’t want to buy into what you are doing and want to move on - and you can tell day-to-day – then fair enough. It’s a win, win. You get a fabulous fee and you invest it in another player.” Graham hard at work at Shenley in 1992 Credit: haun Botterill/Allsport UK/Getty Images Graham actually made that very call in selling Michael Thomas to Liverpool two years after scoring the goal that has now been immortalised on screen. It must have been strange to see your younger self starring in a film? “I look back now and I say, ‘Oh my god, was I so confident? I don’t believe this’,” says Graham. “It surprised me a little bit how positive I was.” Remarkably, Graham had told his players before kick-off that night at Anfield how the match would unfold. “Don’t concede, be cautious, 0-0 at half-time is perfect. Then we’ll open a bit, score and they’ll be nervous. We’ll win 2-0.” The rest is of course history but last week was also a reminder of the enduring chemistry within a group that was meticulously assembled by a manager who would devour local newspapers for insight into potential signings. “If I was interested, I would see if I knew any of the coaches or players they had worked for. I wanted to find out about their ambition and attitude to training.” Graham was ahead of his time in the attention he paid to the character of new recruits and Dixon feels that, in retiring at 57 following subsequent jobs with Leeds United and Spurs, he finished “too early”. Yet having achieved the extraordinary feat of winning the league title, FA Cup, League Cup as well as a European trophy as both a player and manager, Graham appears genuinely content with the timing of his departure. He has been struggling with rheumatoid arthritis but evidently loves his garden, golf and “the big games” on TV. “I enjoy watching you lot on the Sunday Supplement as well,” he says. “I think I did it the right way. I worked my way up and learnt from some great coaches like Terry Venables, Dave Sexton and Don Howe. Three years at Millwall was like nine years’ experience. I went up the ladder the right way and I wasn’t prepared to come back down, dropping clubs, standards and losing whatever reputation I had. If I was going to finish, it would be at the top. That’s the way I felt and I have never regretted it.” 89 is in OurScreen.com cinemas and on DVD and digital download this month

George Graham: 'Spurs are a bit further ahead of Arsenal now' 

It might be 22 years since George Graham left Arsenal but anyone doubting his enduring influence on each and every player he managed need only have been at the Odeon Cinema in Holloway last week. “George? Terrifying. Scared stiff of him,” says Lee Dixon. “Every so often you would think he was your mate but then you’d give the ball away and he would want to tear your head off. There’s still an aura. Put it this way. If he tells me to get him an ice-cream tonight, I’ll go and get him an ice-cream.” Paul Merson then recalls how his old manager once dealt with him giggling during training. “He didn’t say a word but then the team went up and I never played for two months.” It was of course a very different era at Arsenal – captured beautifully in the new 89 film that chronicles how they dramatically clinched the 1988-89 league title in the final seconds of the season – and one that was indelibly shaped by Graham. The stark contrast in managerial style to Arsene Wenger has only deepened a slightly rose-tinted nostalgia for the time but anyone questioning whether the modern Arsenal could benefit from a dollop of Graham-style resilience and discipline must have had their eyes shut for the past decade. Dixon tells me that you would have the “perfect” team if you could somehow combine his former managers, although he does pinpoint a pathological hatred of losing and utter certainty in their respective philosophy as shared traits. Graham arrives at the premiere of 89 Credit: Dave Benett/WireImage Graham agrees. “I don’t want to knock Arsene,” he says. “I think Arsene has been not only great for Arsenal but English football. He believes in attacking, possession football. That’s his strength. His philosophy has never changed, and that is why there are a lot of fans very supportive of him and a few saying, the way the club is structured, they could and should be doing better. A lot of people are too critical in one department [but] in the other, you can say, ‘they have got a case’. It’s a matter of finding some balance. If you said to Tottenham and a lot of clubs, ‘You are going to finish in the top four and win the FA Cup’, I think they would say, ‘Thank-you very much’. When Arsenal are playing the way they can, they are still one of the best and most attractive teams. I just have a little bit of doubt when they haven’t got the ball and the opposition have.” Graham then lets out a chuckle. “I’m trying to be nice,” he says, before explaining how, in practice, he used to organise his teams defensively. “Divide the width of the pitch with four players. Then, if we won possession, release one of the full-backs and divide the pitch by three rather than four.” Graham grimaces at the now common sight of two attacking full-backs simultaneously bombing forward. “I think, boy, they better have two good centre-halves to cover the width of the pitch. There are very few clubs in the Premier League who’ve got the balance right.” Arsenal famously conceded only 18 goals in Graham’s other championship-winning season in 1990-91 (they have already let in 16 this season) but he says that there was one superior defensive team. “AC Milan. They were the only team who played offside better than us - sprinting up as a group. Fantastic!” Now 72, and certainly mellowed in the 16 years since his career ended at Tottenham Hotspur, Graham will be back at The Emirates this lunchtime for one of the most eagerly awaited North London derbies of recent times. Never in Wenger’s tenure have Tottenham seemed so formidable and Arsenal so simultaneously vulnerable. Graham can see a power-shift, albeit with caveats. “It all depends what day you see Arsenal,” he says. “I do think Tottenham are the best defensive team in the league. [Mauricio] Pochettino believes in the pressing game but you need players to buy into that. Most want to be on the ball, not trying to win it back. That’s the hardest thing to sell but you can see the players buy into how he wants to coach. Once you have that, you can get success. I think they have a few little problems. I think you need a stronger squad. Arsenal have been much the stronger over the last few decades but I see Tottenham level now and maybe a little bit further forward. It’s a young side so you think they can only get better.” By contrast, Arsenal have the feel of a team nearing the end of a cycle and Graham believes that it would have been better simply to sell Alexis Sanchez if he wanted to join Manchester City. “If players don’t want to buy into what you are doing and want to move on - and you can tell day-to-day – then fair enough. It’s a win, win. You get a fabulous fee and you invest it in another player.” Graham hard at work at Shenley in 1992 Credit: haun Botterill/Allsport UK/Getty Images Graham actually made that very call in selling Michael Thomas to Liverpool two years after scoring the goal that has now been immortalised on screen. It must have been strange to see your younger self starring in a film? “I look back now and I say, ‘Oh my god, was I so confident? I don’t believe this’,” says Graham. “It surprised me a little bit how positive I was.” Remarkably, Graham had told his players before kick-off that night at Anfield how the match would unfold. “Don’t concede, be cautious, 0-0 at half-time is perfect. Then we’ll open a bit, score and they’ll be nervous. We’ll win 2-0.” The rest is of course history but last week was also a reminder of the enduring chemistry within a group that was meticulously assembled by a manager who would devour local newspapers for insight into potential signings. “If I was interested, I would see if I knew any of the coaches or players they had worked for. I wanted to find out about their ambition and attitude to training.” Graham was ahead of his time in the attention he paid to the character of new recruits and Dixon feels that, in retiring at 57 following subsequent jobs with Leeds United and Spurs, he finished “too early”. Yet having achieved the extraordinary feat of winning the league title, FA Cup, League Cup as well as a European trophy as both a player and manager, Graham appears genuinely content with the timing of his departure. He has been struggling with rheumatoid arthritis but evidently loves his garden, golf and “the big games” on TV. “I enjoy watching you lot on the Sunday Supplement as well,” he says. “I think I did it the right way. I worked my way up and learnt from some great coaches like Terry Venables, Dave Sexton and Don Howe. Three years at Millwall was like nine years’ experience. I went up the ladder the right way and I wasn’t prepared to come back down, dropping clubs, standards and losing whatever reputation I had. If I was going to finish, it would be at the top. That’s the way I felt and I have never regretted it.” 89 is in OurScreen.com cinemas and on DVD and digital download this month

Millwall Fans Make Classy Bradley Lowery Gesture Ahead of Weekend's Sunderland Clash

​A selection of Millwall fans have made a classy gesture ahead of their Championship trip to Sunderland this weekend by raising over over £2,000 in the name of Black Cats fan Bradley Lowery.  The youngster, who touched the nation's hearts during his battle with neuroblastoma, passed away in July this year, with now-Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe just one high-profile name to have been inspired by the six-year-old through his short life.  Sleep tight little one... ...

Millwall Fans Make Classy Bradley Lowery Gesture Ahead of Weekend's Sunderland Clash

​A selection of Millwall fans have made a classy gesture ahead of their Championship trip to Sunderland this weekend by raising over over £2,000 in the name of Black Cats fan Bradley Lowery.  The youngster, who touched the nation's hearts during his battle with neuroblastoma, passed away in July this year, with now-Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe just one high-profile name to have been inspired by the six-year-old through his short life.  Sleep tight little one... ...

Millwall Fans Make Classy Bradley Lowery Gesture Ahead of Weekend's Sunderland Clash

​A selection of Millwall fans have made a classy gesture ahead of their Championship trip to Sunderland this weekend by raising over over £2,000 in the name of Black Cats fan Bradley Lowery.  The youngster, who touched the nation's hearts during his battle with neuroblastoma, passed away in July this year, with now-Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe just one high-profile name to have been inspired by the six-year-old through his short life.  Sleep tight little one... ...

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England 0 Brazil 0: Gareth Southgate's new-look side dig in to draw against 'world's best'

If they were in any doubt beforehand then Gareth Southgate’s young team can now say with certainty that the Brazil team of Neymar, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho play football to a level to which most are unaccustomed and, in those circumstances, at times it is enough just to survive. Survive England did and in the dying moments a chance fell to the feet of Dominic Solanke, the sixth debutant of the last two games, who needed only to compose himself in order to deliver an improbable and remarkable win. The 20-year-old did not take his chance but that can happen with  young players and there have been many of them under Southgate, with Joe Gomez given his first start and second caps for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham. Through two goalless draws now against the two top-ranked nations in Fifa, there have been some fascinating questions posed: that being whether come next May, Southgate will be prepared to include any or all of these six rookies he has dropped in over two marquee friendlies. Against Germany, there was relief at a performance of promise, against Brazil his side were clinging on at times, and you might say on both occasions England have done as well as could be hoped. It is one thing to pick such a young team for Wembley friendlies against two of the big guns of the international game, it is quite another to select them ahead of more experienced, older players in what might be a manager’s one shot at a World Cup. Southgate has demonstrated a strong belief in these young players and with Brazil’s possession count standing at around 70 per cent for long periods of the game this was no simple introduction to the international game. Loftus-Cheek departed early with a recurring back problem although not before he had treated us to a drag-back that deceived Gabriel Jesus, another trick from what looks like a wide repertoire. Gomez was voted man of the match by the sponsors, generous given what Neymar was capable of when he had the ball at his feet. Marcus Rashford was England’s best attacking threat. It was an invaluable test, albeit with the World Cup just seven months away. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 John Stones was England’s best player, followed closely by Joe Hart who was equal to every one of Brazil’s relatively few attempts on target. Stones was the hard centre of what was a five-man defence, including two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, who barely crossed the halfway line in the first half. The Brazilian coach Tite complained later about England’s lack of adventure but there were precious few options left open to them for long periods. What any team playing Brazil has to get used to, and this presumably is why they were selected as friendly opposition, is that they will take the quality of a game right up to the limits of what their opponents are comfortable with, and often far beyond that. In a midfield missing so many of what Southgate would consider regulars, England just about lived with that standard. Southgate later identified in his players an “anxiety” at what might happen if they lost the ball, and yet he pointed out that the team held on against some of the world’s best attacking players. After 28 minutes Harry Maguire passed the ball straight into touch, seemingly just so unaccustomed to having it that he was not sure what to do and yet he, like Gomez and Stones, ended up looking back on a good performance. Dominic Solanke made his debut from the bench and had an instant impact Credit: REUTERS Southgate made the decision not to press Brazil and that meant that for much of the first half they had a free pass right over the halfway line. It was not until Jesse Lingard came on for Loftus-Cheek on 35 minutes that England seemed to get after Brazil. The 21-year-old midfielder was barely moving by the time he came off and his last few touches were not as sharp as he had once been. It needed to be against Renato Augusto, of Bejing Guoan, and Paulinho, newly of Barcelona, matched with Casemiro of Real Madrid who together are a formidable force. They form a defensive block which presses high and they are all comfortable on the ball starting attacks. England were not given time to breathe in the first half, and every turnover of possession was pursued relentlessly by that Brazil midfield. Jake Livermore was the victim of a brutal Neymar nutmeg and yet the West Bromwich Albion man, clearly not destined to be a permanent fixture in this England squad, never gave up. England found themselves committing more fouls than they usually do in midfield but no-one ever put himself in danger of a red card. Marcus Rashford showed flashes of skill on the few instances he managed to get on the ball Credit: REUTERS The only pity was that just as Brazil looked like they might be tiring with around 70 minutes left, and having brought on Willian and Fernandinho of Manchester City, so it seemed that England might be struggling too with their monumental task. There were moments when they might have broken on Brazil but here was just not the power to do so and it was then that Southgate looked at his options. Rashford and Jamie Vardy were replaced with Solanke and Abraham before the end. Solanke has been given his international debut, Southgate was at pains to point out later, before he has made a first start in the Premier League. He won a free-kick that Eric Dier could not keep on target. Fernandinho hit the post and Hart made a good save from Paulinho before Solanke’s late chance. Afterwards, Southgate pointed out that given the international break started with seven withdrawals from the squad, including the training injury to Jack Butland, this was had been a positive end to the week. Certainly a manager will never draw much public dissent for picking young players but the question that now begs is how many of them Southgate is prepared to take to take to Russia at the expense of others who have played in qualification. It would, on the face of it be a bold decision, but would it be the right one? 10:12PM Gareth Southgate seems quite proud of his youngsters "In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it's as good as anything I've been involved in. Young players digging in... we just couldn't get hold of the ball. We showed resilience and some outstanding defending. "We had the best defensive record in qualifying, we know we need to be better with the ball, we were a bit anxious. I think Joe's performance tonight against top players... all of the defending was outstanding but to come into a game like that was outstanding." 10:05PM Ben Rumsby's player ratings Here's what our man thought of England's players: ENGLAND (3-4-1-2): Joe Hart 7, Joe Gomez 7, John Stones 8, Harry Maguire 7, Kyle Walker 7, Ryan Bertrand 7 Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 Jamie Vardy 6, Marcus Rashford 6 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 34 minutes): 6. Dominic Solanke (for Vardy, 75 mins): 5. Tammy Abraham (for Rashford, 75 mins): 5. Ashley Young (for Bertrand, 81 mins): 5. 10:00PM Joe Gomez and Joe Hart says JH: "100 per cent we were playing the best team in the world, they were brilliant. We had to adapt on the pitch, and as much as they had, the defensive back-line did really well. Joe, I can't tell you how well he did." JG: "For me it's a great experience to play against someone like Brazil and we're happy with the cleansheet. Defensively we put in a good shift and I'm happy with that.  It's special for me, a great honour to play for England at this level. I've just got to try and improve and hope more opportunities come." Gomez has clearly been media-trained to the high hills. His answers are stock responses.  9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England vs Brazil: live score updates

England 0 - 0 Brazil Betting offers: 25/1 with Coral for a goal to be scored 9:54PM FULL TIME A deserved draw and England will have learned a lot from this tonight. Brazil struggled to create but you sense that were this the real thing, nerves in England defenders could well have yielded better chances.  9:53PM 90 mins +3 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA A chance for England in the dying seconds! Walker has the ball wide right, looks up to see Abraham making his run into the box and plays the ball low but aims towards the back post when Abraham is attacking the middle. Walker has his head in his hands - he knows that should have gone central. 9:52PM 90 mins +2 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard loses possession by taking way too long on it. Neymar steals, gets to the box and shoots low and wide. That could have been the game undone. 9:50PM 90 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! That is brilliant from Solanke! He has two defenders tight to his back and nicks the pass between both to start a counter-attack in Brazil's half then sprints forward to join in. Lingard finds Young on the left, Young puts it on his right foot and curls towards the back post towards Solanke. It's close to the goalkeeper and he can't stab it behind him before he's tackled.  9:48PM 88 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Stones keeps the ball while he looks for a pass and his teammates stay still staring at him. That is how accidents happen. Gomez is the only one in defence who appears to realise but he can't go anywhere as he needs to cover the space he's in. Southgate has work to do yet.  Dier gives the ball away sloppily in the centre-circle, again. He's not had his best game this evening. After this performance, Gomez might well have played himself into the England first team. Glenn Hoddle has actually just given him MOTM, which is a nice validating coincidence. 9:45PM 86 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Marcelo has just hit the best pass of the night, on his right foot, from near the centre-circle. It rips the England defence apart and Willian sprints onto it with only the goalkeeper to beat... but is offside. Not for me, Clive. The game is opening up a bit now, Brazil are finding space in England's half and they're doing it by keeping the wide forwards wide. Coutinho and Jesus were central. Neymar darts forward, plays in Paulinho who shoots with power inside the box and Hart saves. With his chest... Paulinho heads over from the corner.  9:42PM 83 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England play from the back and are pressed by four Brazilians. Stones has to turn back with two chasing, plays it to Maguire, who finds Hart, who keeps it low for Gomez, who wins a throw in from Neymar.  Brazil come forward and England look slightly rattled all of a sudden. Young is on for Bertrand and his first involvement is to track Willian's run into the box and block superbly at the near post. That could well have been Brazil's big chance. Abraham links well with Solanke, with both naturally moving into space but Brazil clear. Great play by the youngsters and then Gomez is composed at the back to pick his pass, turn back and keep it safe with Hart at the back. 9:39PM 80 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier and Bertrand stand over the set piece. Dier can shoot, Bertrand can cross... Alisson comes all the way to the left of his goal. I'm not sure how I'd hit this one. Bertrand steps over it... and Dier takes his time to place the shot in the bottom left but puts it wide. Needed more curve or a better angle. 9:38PM 78 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford and Vardy off, debut for Solanke and a second cap for Abraham. What a game to make your international debut! Brazil take Jesus off for Firmino. That Brazil squad is ridiculous.  Dier's lost it! Fernandinho breaks! From 25 yards he strikes it low to the bottom corner, Hart is beaten... but it hits the outside of the post and goes wide. Dier has picked up a knock from that passage of play where he gave up the ball. Solanke gets his first touch, holds off two players, turns, wins it back and runs away, goes through Fernandinho's legs with the nutmeg - wowowow - and wins a free-kick. What a start to his international career! 9:34PM 75 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Hart hasn't bought into the 'build from the back' thing yet and hoofs the ball forward without challenge. Brazil, of course, win possession and look to get the passes going. England need to keep patient and hold their shape here - it's been 75 minutes of hard work but they need to keep it tight to secure a metaphorical point.  But here come Brazil! Forwards dash into the area... and go down! Do they want a penalty? The referee doesn't care and the ball is pinged up to Vardy! But Vardy takes forever to make a decision and is caught on the ball. Brazil win it back. 9:31PM 72 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford turns his man on the left, keeps possession with the defender sticking tight. Livermore receives, plays the pass and gets it back... then runs out of ideas. Maguire steps up and switches play with a chipped pass to the right wing, Walker controls, moves inside... and passes straight to the defence. Brazil counter quickly but England cope and absorb the attack. 9:29PM 69 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS That's Rashford turning Miranda inside out. Fernandinho and Willian on, Coutinho and Augusto off. As far as I can tell, England don't have anyone ready to come on either. Is Southgate taking this friendly seriously? It's all about creating a change in mentality for him, so ensuring this game isn't just a way to award free caps is probably a smart move. It's Brazil, after all. 9:26PM 67 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Dier's pass back to the centre-backs is awful and Stones is under real pressure here! Will he boot it out... or this one of 'those' moments?! He hits it hard out to the left... and Bertrand takes it down on his chest. Absolutely fantastic defending from Stones. But Bertrand's given it away! Brazil have three forwards... but end up conceding a free-kick on the edge of England's box. Chance gone.  9:23PM 64 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA And Jesus is back. Weird. A long ball over the top to Vardy forces Alisson off his line... but Vardy is offside anyway. Walker wins a free-kick in the centre-circle, Rashford tries some more trickery on the wing and keeps the ball superbly.  Lingard shows great close control to take the ball down, flick it over a challenge and win a free-kick. England are growing in confidence. Gomez shows a turn of pace with a smart move around Neymar and then Vardy turns his man! Ole! But Brazil win it back.  9:20PM 61 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus takes a knock while trying to do a sombrero over Gomez's head. I'm not entirely sure where the pain has come from there because Gomez barely even touches him. Maybe cramp? In... the ankle? I'm no doctor but that doesn't sound right to me. He started off by rubbing his shin. Now the physios are looking at his knee.... and he's alive. But hobbles off the pitch.  9:17PM 58 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England's defenders and midfielders want to keep the ball and pass it short, Vardy and Rashford want to go direct and over the top. It's making it a little difficult thtne for England to keep the ball in the final third. Rashford dribbles past one player, nutmegs Marcelo OH MY WORD HE'S BEATEN ANOTHER but now he's been tackled. That was exciting though! Rashford showing some samba football flair. 9:16PM 56 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: AFP Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it's 4-1 to Denmark. Not good for the boys in green. Over in England, there's not an awful lot happening. Alves is booked for a foul on Bertrand. England are managing this one well and haven't really been troubled. That said, they haven't done an awful lot at the other end of the pitch.   9:14PM 54 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England win a free-kick wide on the left wing. Rashford hooks it in, Maguire attacks at the back post and is perplexed to have given away another free-kick. He was climbing on the last man Livermore is completely binned by Neymar's stepovers and knocks him to the floor. Yellow card. 9:11PM 51 mins  - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are pressing at the halfway line, sat deep in their own half and Augusto is surrounded, hitting a weak pass into Rashford's path. He plays it to Livermore and sprints forward looking for the ball over the top... but it doesn't come and the chance goes.  Jesus plays a no-look pass to Coutinho inside the box, the ball bounces off Coutinho's ankle in the six yard box while he lines up the pass... and goes behind for a goal kick. 9:08PM 48 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford might be in here! No. No he's been blocked out of it. Brazil survive and work the ball up the other end. Neymar carries it through the middle, Augusto is sprinting into heaps of space on the left! He must be in! Neymar doesn't pass, turns inside and threads a ball through the middle instead. Absolutely brilliant from Neymar. Jesus and Coutinho get in each others' way and Hart saves.  Alves howls in pain after a challenge from Livermore and lashes out with a kick then stands up to confront him. Livermore pulls him in for a cuddle to prevent an actual fight. 9:05PM KICK-OFF 2 We're back! Jesus starts the second half. 8:59PM Analysis "We're not holding the ball enough" is the general consensus among the ITV pundit crew. Ryan Giggs says England just aren't passing it well enough, Ian Wright thinks someone needs to take charge of possession. I'm not an ex-pro, but I'd suggest the difference in technical ability between the two is entirely noticeable. Every Brazilian looks to be able to control a ball dead as though it were second nature. In the first half, Bertrand had about two seconds to measure a long pass and his first touch made it bounce a few yards away. England can't ping quick passes around if players aren't moving into space constantly, and can't risk making those moves if they aren't able to control the ball under pressure at high speed. A conundrum! 8:49PM HALF TIME England look absolutely fine here. I wonder how they'd fare were this a knock-out competition game though when the nerves make legs do strange things. The biggest thing to note in that half was poor Loftus-Cheek who has been substituted with what seems like a muscle injury. 8:46PM 45 mins +1 - ENG 0 - 0 BRA England are trying to play the short passes through midfield that Man City are very good at, firing it first time at the next man in space. The problem is that they manage a sequence of two passes and then nobody is available to take the ball for the third... and they stay still or have to go backwards.  Brazil work the ball around England's half but can't get inside the final third thanks to a solid, organised shape from England. 8:43PM 43 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Since the change of shape England have been able to get onto the ball and keep it for a bit. Brazil are having to actually defend for the first period in the game. 8:41PM 41 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Lingard has been England's best player since coming on. He's looking to keep the ball in midfield, is dropping into space and linking play, while also making forward runs at pace.  Dier, who is meant to be the holding central midfielder, turns up on the right wing to cross into the box. Brazil win possession and attack but Neymar - who doesn't seem to be enjoying himself - is on a different page to the player making the last pass. 8:39PM 39 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS Augustin clips Lingard while chasing him at pace and isn't happy about it. This will give Rashford a chance to shoot from about 30 yards, with that knuckle-ball style he's rather good at.  It's actually a cross into the middle and both Stones and Maguire attack the back post. Stones has to be strong to keep his feet as he puts the header back across goal but he's ruled to have fouled while doing so. 8:36PM 36 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesse Lingard comes on for Loftus-Cheek, which will probably mean a change of shape. He heads over to Rashford to - I think - explain the tactical switch. That'll probably be a 3-4-3? At the moment it looks like Lingard is the right-sided forward. 8:35PM 33 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Jesus is played clean through with a smart bit of play but is offisde. Loftus-Cheek is clearly struggling here and will have to come off. That's such a shame - right after the highlight of his career, he's set for a spell on the sidelines. Potentially, of course.  England attack down the left, the ball is swung in, headed back to Rashford... he needs to shoot but has his back to goal! Can he turn? No... pass... no... shoot... no. He passes backwards and Brazil win the ball, getting it forward rapidly and stepping up to control the pitch again. England can't keep the ball. 8:30PM 30 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Maguire intercepts but rushes his pass and puts it out for a throw - that's usually a sign of panic. England could well be starting to feel the stretch - how much longer can they keep Brazil shooting from long range? And right on cue, Neymar puts another long range shot into orbit. Dreadful effort. 8:27PM 27 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: REUTERS  That's Gareth Southgate pictured trying to control his England players with the power of his mind alone. John Stones has landed awkwardly, jolting his knee on landing. Then he kicks his foot above his head to clear away from Neymar inside the box and is down again... he won't want to go off. And Loftus-Cheek is having treatment from the physio as well.  8:25PM 24 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil have had 71 per cent of possession so far tonight apparently. And they're using it well! Neymar beats the entire defence with an unbelievable pass off the outside of his left foot. It chips over Dier's head and puts Jesus through on goal. Hart comes off his line, Jesus goes around him... but is offside.  8:22PM 22 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho, who Glenn Hoddle says is one of the worst players he's ever seen at Spurs, shoots from 20 yards on the outside of his foot but puts it high and wide. Mistake by Marcelo! England nick it back, Vardy feeds Loftus-Cheek on the right, who keeps the ball from three defenders and dribbles/passes to keep it moving. I think he gets lucky there but it's a lovely bit of dribbling. Brazil win it back.  England have adjusted their defensive line a bit, starting a little higher forward to try and stop the constant waves of Brazil attack. 8:19PM 19 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA RASHFORD! Great effort! It's really good buildup play from England who work the ball from Hart all the way to Rashford. He cuts inside and leaves his man, using the little space he gets to fire a dipping knuckle-ball shot at goal. It bounces right in front of the goalkeeper at Formula One speed but is too close to him to cause real panic. Alisson holds. Forward thinking and a flash of skill by the Man Utd player there! 8:16PM 16 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Credit: GETTY IMAGES Great defending by Gomez, who keeps possession while being closed down and heads back to Hart.  Brazil are pressing high up the pitch and winning the ball back extremely quickly, forcing a hurried long pass which hands the ball back to the defenders. Livermore reads a pass, chases the deflection down and then pushes Alves, who waits to see if he should go down... and then does. 8:14PM 14 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Brazil look faster, more creative... and just better. There is a gap in talent here. England keep giving the ball away by trying to make forwards chase it high up the pitch - and then they can't control the ball. Walker manages to concede possession from a throw-in deep in Brazil's half.  8:12PM 11 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA The England crowd sounds very young this evening. The roars are pretty high pitched and they peak as Rashford waits for a ball to bounce for him as he heads towards goal. Alisson comes off his line to claim under pressure. Marcelo has just scooped the ball behind himself down the left wing with a brilliant bit of trickery but Neymar ruins the chance by punting the ball wildly out of play. It flies out of camera shot and Clive says "it's still rising". 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

England vs Brazil: live score updates

England 0 - 0 Brazil Betting offers: 25/1 with Coral for a goal to be scored 8:09PM 8 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA This game has started at a really high tempo. Brazil look a little bit more comfortable on the ball, England sitting back looking to hit balls over the top of the defence. Neymar tricks his way into the centre of the pitch but does a little too much.  It's all Brazil right at the moment, with England defending in a five.  8:05PM 5 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Paulinho ghosts past a tackle and plays Jesus in, who crosses over to Neymar, who shields the ball well. Or he does until England win the ball back and send Vardy away on the counter! He races down the right wing and has Rashford inside but his cross is too early and a little too far ahead of his partner.  Alves gets forward and tries a shot from 25 yards but he mis-hits and puts it way wide. 8:03PM 3 mins - ENG 0 - 0 BRA Rashford attacks and is tackled near the Brazil box, Hart takes his time with a kick near his own goal and gets the crowd worked up as that time is extended right up til the point Neymar closes him down. Dani Alves has gone down after a 50/50 with Vardy, who goes in aggressively and catches him accidentally. He looks to be in a bit of pain on his right knee. 8:01PM KICK-OFF And here we go! Eric Dier gets the game started. Brazil's strip is just so lovely. 7:55PM National anthems Which means it's time to listen to the greatest football song of all time:   7:54PM Pre-match long read This by Rob Bagchi is an excellent read. Tite - revivalist, revolutionary or reactionary? How Brazil recovered from national humiliation Credit: REUTERS Brazil in 1970, wrote the great Uruguayan essayist and epigrammist Eduardo Galeano, “played a soccer worthy of her people’s yearning for celebration and craving for beauty”. It has become commonplace to argue ever since their grisly campaign to defend the World Cup in 1974 that the subsequent five decades have been spent in a kind of aesthetic wilderness, betraying the credo and paradigm of ‘the beautiful game’ in grim pursuit of defensive robustness to counterbalance the seemingly ad-lib attacking ingenuity. A fear of being overrun by unyielding, ruthless opponents should Brazil return to first principles as they did under Tele Santana in 1982, the hypothesis goes, has reduced them to sacrificing the poetic for the prosaic.   Click here to read more. 7:52PM Southgate says "At the moment they're the best team in the world. It's brilliant to test ourselves against the best. "Before some of the pullouts we might not have played (Loftus-Cheek) in the first game. "We've now got to dream of what's possible, not think about what might happen if we lose. Collectively that might take them above the level they're at now.  "To have success next summer we've got to beat these probably." 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

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KO 8pm: England 0 - 0 Brazil Betting offers: 25/1 with Coral for a goal to be scored 7:50PM Southgate's new assistant manager Credit: REUTERS  Have you ever seen Millwall look as glamorous as this? Credit: REUTERS   7:48PM Do you remember Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? A great England international of a forgotten time:   7:44PM Jason Burt: We should applaud Southgate for courage of his convictions I loved this piece from last night by Jason Burt on Southgate's strong-minded opinions reflecting a real attitude for change. Here's the first bit: If he is fit then Nathaniel Chalobah will be in the England squad for the World Cup. The 22-year-old is recovering from fracturing a kneecap and the hope is that he will be back playing for Watford by the end of March, if not before. If that happens then Gareth Southgate can be expected to take Chalobah as part of his 23-man squad, even though the midfielder will have played only a handful of Premier League matches and is yet to be capped by the senior England team. Why? Because he fits the vision. He fits the plan. He fits the way England will play. Because, in Southgate, England have, in fact, the boldest manager in recent times, the boldest, since Terry Venables back in the mid-90s. Venables was such a strong influence on Southgate, who played under him at Euro 96, and the way he wants his England to operate. 7:42PM Neymar just hanging out Credit: GETTY IMAGES   7:33PM Lee Dixon is scared of Brazil... from the warm-up "If that warm-up is anything to go by... we're in trouble. It was awesome watching them."   7:31PM All the goalkeepers Credit: REUTERS That young chap on the right is Angus Gunn, who is currently playing very well for Norwich in the Championship. He hasn't played a single Premier League game for Man City, who own him, but that hasn't put Gareth Southgate off bringing him into the squad. I think it's great that Southgate actually treats the Under-21s as a stepping stone and doesn't just pick whoever happens to be famous at the time. 7:20PM Brazil starting lineup I can't find a teamsheet anywhere for some reason but this is what I believe to be the starting XI from various bits of online research. Harry Maguire is going to be defending against Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar this evening. It'll be fun to watch. Brazil Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto, Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar 7:06PM Hello! Greetings everyone and welcome to our liveblog for tonight's international exhibition, as it would be referred to in ISS 98. That's a 90s video game reference for you there. In more relevant news, here is the England team. England Here's the #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight's game against Brazil! �� pic.twitter.com/cFFlAp7GIB— England (@England) November 14, 2017 Joe Hart keeps his place in goal, while Joe Gomez - who was excellent against Germany - starts this time in place of the injured Phil Jones. Loftus-Cheek gets another chance to make that number 10 shirt adjust to his frame and does so in behind a front two of Vardy and Rashford, which suggests this is a team built for the counter-attack. That is fast. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Hart; Gomez, Maguire, Stones; Bertrand, Livermore, Dier, Walker, Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford. Credit: PA Gareth Southgate was bold and loud with his thoughts on how highly England players should regard national (football) duty, taking aim at those who pull out of friendlies like this one at short notice: “Coutinho hasn’t played for a few weeks for Liverpool, but he is there for Brazil. I imagine part of that is because he is thinking ‘if I’m not there and I’m not playing and someone else goes in, do I get the shirt back?’ “Maybe we haven’t had that, but I think moving forward we will have and I think that will affect people’s approach, definitely.”

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0; agg 1-0: Swiss through to World Cup thanks to dodgy first-leg penalty

It will be a while before Northern Ireland’s players, management and supporters get the image of Ricardo Rodriguez dramatically clearing Jonny Evans’ header off the goalline in stoppage time out of their minds. Evans, like the magnificent 1,900 Northern Irish fans camped inside one corner of St Jakob-Park, must have thought he had dragged this spell-binding match into extra-time and kept alive his country’s World Cup hopes but it was not to be. A frenetic goalless draw was enough to book Switzerland’s place in Russia next summer, after Thursday’s controversial 1-0 first-leg victory in Belfast, and a crestfallen Michael O’Neill and his valiant players were left to reflect with a sense of desolation and anger on a very costly error by referee Ovidiu Hategan. And that is the shame of it. That a fiercely fought play-off should ultimately have been decided by the award of a penalty for handball by Corry Evans that wasn’t, and while Switzerland will argue that they blew enough chances to have won with greater ease over 180 minutes, the point is they did not and were indebted to Hategan as much as Rodriguez. “Shafted is the only word for it,” said midfielder Oliver Norwood. “I will think about the penalty decision for years to come. It’s cost us a place in the World Cup.” Shooter: Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas has an effort Credit: PA Wire It was the AC Milan left-back who emerged as Switzerland’s saviour in both games, converting that decisive penalty at Windsor Park and then making the heroic, last-gasp intervention at the death to deny Evans and Northern Irish dreams of a first World Cup appearance for 32 years. O’Neill’s players were dead on their feet. Some were in tears, others could barely stand, overcome with tiredness and emotion. They gave it everything, a performance of character, resilience and boundless energy and enthusiasm, but it was not quite enough. The immediate aftermath of such an emotional occasion is no time or place to make rational decisions but it remains to be seen if O’Neill can pick himself up and go again or whether he feels he has taken this side as far as he can. No one looked more crushed than him by the end. “The first emotion is almost devastation,” he said. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP Clubs are sure to be circling for the man who has transformed Northern Ireland’s fortunes over the past 5½ years and he is one name under consideration by the Scottish FA to replace Gordon Strachan, although Norwood willed the manager to stay on. “The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay,” he said. O’Neill is not the only one with a decision to make over his future, though. Aaron Hughes is 38, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt will be 38 and 33 respectively next month. Jamie Ward is 31 and captain Steven Davis turns 33 on New Year’s Day. Is this a natural moment to call time on their international careers? If it is, it will probably mark the end of an era for this side, although a new hero in the making emerged in the form of George Saville, the Millwall midfielder, and the likes of Stuart Dallas and Jonny Evans, both outstanding here, will continue to lead the fight. The stakes were huge, and the challenging conditions only heightened the drama. It had barely stopped raining for 24 hours in Basel and the pitch cut up terribly. Saville described it as “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” although it was to the credit of both teams that it did not distract from an absorbing game. Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal Northern Ireland were indebted to Michael McGovern for making two excellent saves to deny Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber in the space of three first-half minutes and Haris Seferovic glanced a header from an inviting possession wide, but O’Neill’s side were well on top after the restart. O’Neill had made four changes from the first leg and they had a transformative effect. Saville, in for the suspended Corry Evans, was making only his fourth international appearance but you wouldn’t have known. Up against Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria, of Borussia Monchengladbach, he was the best midfielder on show, upstaging even Davis with his calmness and precision on the ball. Not to be: Northern Ireland fans were left wondering what might have been Credit: PA Ward and Conor Washington brought far more pace and mobility to the attack and Dallas, who had been on crutches after an awful challenge from Fabian Schar in the first leg that should have resulted in the Switzerland defender’s dismissal, was outstanding down the left. In defence, Jonny Evans and McAuley were colossal. Brunt had brought a couple of good saves from Yann Sommer early on but Northern Ireland’s best spell came midway through the second period. In the 55th minute, Saville sprayed a raking pass out to Ward, who whipped over a lovely cross that Washington met with a good header that sailed agonisingly wide of the far post. Soon after, opportunity knocked for Saville. Washington pulled the ball back but the midfielder got the ball caught under his feet and his resulting shot lacked power as Sommer smothered. Wayward: the Swiss missed lots of chances, with Haris Seferovic a particular culprit Credit: PA Seferovic missed a glorious chance late on to put the game beyond Northern Ireland and then came the dramatic finale. After Brunt’s corner was partially cleared, McAuley played the ball back to his West Bromwich Albion team-mate. Sommer came for the cross but missed the ball and Jonny Evans ignored the flying boots to power a header towards goal. It was a brave header that typified his performance but to his anguish there was Rodriguez to clear on the line, and extinguish Northern Ireland’s World Cup dream. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 6:52PM Full time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (1-0 on agg) That's it. Switzerland are going to the World Cup. Northern Ireland are not. Hard lines for Northern Ireland, who will still be smarting about the penalty decision in the first dig. On this evidence, Switzerland will be merely making up the numbers in Russia: they were a drab and sloppy lot who, surely, can play much better. They had half a dozen decent chances to bury Northern Ireland here, but O'Neill's men do not lack for fight and they made this an uncomfortable evening for the hosts. Thanks for following this with us, report and reaction follows shortly. O'Neill: "Devastated players. Out to a shocking decision in the first leg. Raw courage in this leg. Some regrets. But if it was not for that penalty, we would be playing extra time. Very poor ref in first leg, got pen wrong got red card wrong. We have to try and move on. "To take a team like Switzerland to the last minute over two legs is a fantastic achievement. We don't always have top level players but we do have top level characters. No rush into making decisions [about players' futures]." Asked if he might stay/go? "I am not going to give any thought [to my future] and I don't think that is a reasonable question at this time to be honest." 6:50PM 90+ mins Brunt has the ball, "tries to be clever" as Armstrong says, loses the ball. Embolo breaks, Evans (I think it was) bundles him over. That gives the Swiss a free and this will probably give them a chance to kill this game. That's the lot. 6:48PM 90+ mins Corner for NIR. Half cleared. Deep ball in. Keeper comes out flapping... J Evans header at the back post! Hacked off the line by Rodriguez. Oh, was that the moment? Cleared acrobatically off the line by the man who scored the goal in the first leg. Heartbreaker. 6:47PM 90 mins It's all about this Embolo now, he's carving NI open time and again. But the shooting/final ball remain weak. 6:44PM 87 mins Embolo gets down the left, excellent from the sub, he crosses and it's the unmarked Mehedi... ooh, it just evades him. Close. Just needed any touch. 6:42PM 85 mins Seferovic comes off, he's been straight-up useless, and Embolo comes on in his stead. 6:42PM 84 mins Swiss gaffer turns to the fans and gestures "come on! get behind the team!" rather than making them even more nervy. 6:41PM 83 mins NIR, not unreasonably, committing plenty forward. They're over-run now on the break, it's Zakaria who breaks and he slips it to Seferovic, who has time and space to wrap this up. He's shot ten feet over from about 15 feet. Oh boy. This Swiss lot are a shower! 6:39PM 82 mins Come on NIR. They have a throw in Delap Territory. Cleared, just about. Getting to the "do or die" stages of the match, here come the Swiss. 6:36PM 79 mins Shaqiri, disappointing, comes off. Freuler is the man to come on. 6:35PM 77 mins Bit of a crowd scene 35 yards from the NIR goal. Deliberate handball from Evans, on the floor. Clear yellow card. Rodriguez will play it in. No threat. 6:34PM 75 mins Zuber with an effort, wins a corner. Low ball to the near post from Shakira, and Seferovic can do little more than improvise a dink at the near post. About 15 minutes left for NI to force extra time. 6:32PM 74 mins Here is the change, then. And it is a doubler. Ward comes off for Jones.  Magennis is on for Norwood 6:31PM 72 mins Swiss not helping themselves, inviting pressure on with individual errors, such as Zakaria lofting the ball out. The hapless Zuber crosses to nobody. 6:30PM 70 mins Dilemma for MO'N: do they make the change and go for broke, or do they trust to the fact that they are on top? Legs must be getting tired, the going is heavy. 6:25PM 68 mins Dallas down the left, just about cleared by the Swiss. It's all NIR at the moment. Swiss under the cosh. "Northern Ireland certainly the better side now," says Gerry. 6:24PM 67 mins Decent little spell for the boys in white and green, some pressure 6:23PM 65 mins There's the man Dallas down the left, fine spin onto a flick on from McAuley, and a hard low cross. He wins a corner off Schar. And soon another corner. 6:18PM 60 mins Washington great spin down the flank, crosses and finds Saville. But his shot is weak, the ball getting stuck under his feet. Admir Mehmedi replaces Blerim Dzemaili 6:15PM 59 mins If I was the Swiss boss I'd get Zuber off stat. The guy is a liability. Another good opportunity goes begging when the ball just pings off him. Zakaria rakes his studs down Washington's legs. From the resultant freekick, the Swiss keeper comes out waving at his mother and misses the ball. McAuley not a million miles from nodding in. 6:15PM 58 mins Gerry Armstrong throwing shade at "their" players for wearing gloves. The expression "don't fancy it" is used. 6:13PM 56 mins Zuber down the left, there's the low cross... it just needs a touch, but it rattles through the NI six-yard box in splendid isolation. 6:11PM 53 mins BRILLIANT counter from Northern Ireland. Raking ball out to the right from Saville, a galloping run and cross from Ward. Washington meets it with the head, and it fades just past the far post.  Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Conor Washington, 54 min) 6:07PM 49 mins It's that Schar again! Two-footed tackle. Dallas the victim. Again no card. The NI lads on the touchline are asking the Fourth Official what game/what tie these officials are watching! Certainly Schar seems to be leading a charmed life. 6:04PM 47 mins But it's the Swiss who are the first to show. Lichtsteiner with a good run down the right, he picks out Zuber, who has time and space, but dithers. Wet. Not sure if it is nerves, but this Swiss lot are very timid and unsure when shooting. They scored 23 in qualifying, not sure how. Rodríguez shoots wide. 6:02PM 46 mins Northern Ireland kick off. 6:00PM So Northern Ireland have 45 minutes to get something out of this. 5:59PM This suggests that Brunt (number 11 - at LB) is fairly well pushed up Average touch positions (half time) and that he is not getting a lot of support from  Saville (20), who is billed as the left midfielder of a three but is tucked in very narrow. 5:57PM Left-back area the big concern for M'ON. Swiss really having a lot of joy in behind there Switzerland vs Northern Ireland 5:47PM Half time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 Encouraging from Northern Ireland in many senses, they have had their moments and had a couple of shots on target. On the other hand, the Swiss should have wrapped this up on perhaps three occasions, so... Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal 5:46PM 43 mins Ward with a good run, and Schär sticks a leg out with no intention/hope of getting the ball. Foul. That Schär is a bit of a one, eh? Freekick in a handy place. But Brunt has curled it 20 feet over. Oh dear. 5:44PM 42 mins Another offside flag, this time it's Xhaka who is the culprit. 5:44PM It's all relative Anyone who thinks the pitch in Basle is bad doesn't remember the Baseball Ground, or this match: Man C v West Ham at Maine Rd in 1970 https://t.co/ddM414q7si— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) November 12, 2017 5:41PM 39 mins And here come the Swiss! NI are getting done here, it's a dangerous break and Shaqiri is going to be clean through down the right... Phew! Off-side flag saves the day.  5:40PM 38 mins Rodriguez gives Dallas a lovely man hug, and NI have a free. Cleared easily enough. 5:35PM 34 mins NI having a bit of ball here, playing it around. That's good. Settle. 5:34PM 33 mins I appreciate that Northern Ireland probably feel that their best chance is a puncher's chance, but they simply HAVE to tighten up here. The Swiss could have had three or four, if they could hit the target. "We are riding our luck," says Keith Gillespie on the BBC. 5:31PM 30 mins Northern Ireland on the ropes now, here's Zuber again, he's galloping through and he's time to pick his spot...  miles wide. 5:29PM 28 mins Zuber is through! Cracks a shot at goal, and that's another very fine stop from McGovern in nets. This is a night for heroes, and the NI keeper is on his way. 5:28PM 27 mins Shaqiri again with a run, ended in uncompromising fashion by J Evans. Shaq gestures that there was some elbow in there. I've got a short, two-word,  seven-letter suggestion for Shaqiri. 5:26PM 26 mins And yet again! This is crazy. Sort it out, MO'N. Shaqiri crosses, there's the lad Seferovic with a free header again. And he's missed, and headed thin air. Wow, what a let-off. 5:25PM 25 mins And there's that Shaqiri again! Again far too much space, again allowed to cut in side. REALLY good save from the keeper. 5:25PM 24 mins Ooh, the Swiss could have scored there. It's Seferovic again, and again he might have done better. Effort wide at the near post. 5:24PM 21 mins This diagram shows how the Swiss have been able to overload Ireland in the right-wing  vs left-back area. They've doubling up down that flank. Average touch positions (22 min) 5:21PM 20 mins But they have given it away... nope, the Swiss cannot capitalise. Quieter in the last 5 mins. 5:20PM 19 mins Pitch is beginning to look like a cabbage patch. Northern Ireland playing it around. 5:15PM 15 mins Brunt, for the second time in the match, cracks a drive at the keeper. This is an excellent game, very enjoyable. So open. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP 5:13PM 14 mins NI leave the dangerous Shaqiri alone on that right again, he cuts in and lashes the ball at goal with his left. Blocked. Now there's acres down the left... Northern Ireland are inviting disaster here, but it's exciting stuff. 5:13PM 11 mins NI are under constant pressure at the moment. Another corner. But now they clear and there's a race between Ward and Lichtsteiner. The Swiss skipper slides in and nicks the ball away. Ward was through there otherwise.  5:10PM 9 mins McAuley has saved NI twice in a couple of minutes. First, he heads one off the line, and now he has positioned himself brilliantly to deny Dzemaili, who skipped through and played it across goal. 5:07PM 7 mins More danger down that right. Lichtsteiner on the overlap, chopped down by Brunt for a clear booking. 5:06PM 6 mins Danger here though. Fantastic ball from the right by Shaqiri... WHAT a cross that is, Beckham-esque. Vicious whip and pace. Free header Seferovic! Should have scored. Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Haris Seferovic, 5 min) 5:04PM 4 mins Super start from the Northern Irish then, getting forward, getting the ball in, and putting the hosts on notice that any complacency is going to be hammered. 5:03PM 3 mins Hughes now with another decent ball in. It's half cleared to Brunt. Cracking effort! Tipped over. And now pressure again at the corner. 5:03PM 2 mins Excellent chance for NI. Davis with a deep cross, and it's two on one for the NI lads at the backs stick. 5:02PM 1 mins Right then. The Swiss have started like a train, Northern Ireland try to pass it around on the edge of their box and they are under pressure right away. Two poor passes. Don't fiddle about on a pitch like this. Lump it. Gerry Armstrong is on to his fourth "we" and the match is 80 seconds old. 4:57PM Plenty of Northern Ireland in the stadium. It's red cross on a white background versus white cross on a red. The Swiss have already printed the celebratory t-shirts, one hears. I mean: literally, not metaphorically. Apparently the Swiss FA have had a job lot of shirts done that they will dish out at the end. That will be DEE-LISH-OUS if they get turned over here. 4:54PM Right then We're about ready. What a story this would be. The Northern Ireland side are bidding to make their first appearance at the big show since Mexico 1986. 4:43PM And here's the Northern Irish Northern Ireland v Swiss 4:42PM Here's how the Swiss might line up Credit: Sky Sports Football 4:38PM Gerry Armstrong is in Basel And it is absolutely hosing it down there! Grass is long, the telly coverage just showed a ball plopping and plugging into the sodden turf. soaking evening in Switzerland Credit: Sky Sports Football That has to be in Northern Ireland's favour, right? 4:35PM Let's go Swiss have lost just one in 18, and scored fully 27 points in qualifying, as did Portugal in their group. Ronaldo's lot won what was a de facto play-off in the last match of the group when they won 2-0 (the same scoreline by which the Swiss beat Portugal earlier in the process). Only Germany, with 30 points, and Belgium and Spain with 28 managed more points in qualifying, and I think it is fair to say that the Swiss would be worthy representatives. BUT who cares about that? Come on Northern Ireland! Graham Little on Sky reports that no team has made it through the play-offs after losing the first leg. Davros Dowie: "Still find it very difficult, in this modern day, that games of this magnitude are decided on a guess." Steven Davis (R) fends off Granit Xhaka in the first leg on Thursday night Credit:  Getty Images 4:33PM The big question is whether Northern Ireland can harness their righteous fury, or whether it will hamper them. 4:29PM There were some good quotes out of the Northern Ireland camp after that penalty. "It was actually a worse decision (than Thierry Henry's handball) because the ref has made a call that was not there," Jonny Evans, Corry's brother, said. Asked if he had seen a poorer decision from a referee, O’Neill said: “Well certainly not in any of the games that I have been involved in, particularly at this level, no. I am not in a position to say the referee is incompetent but it’s just staggering in this day and age when the stakes are so high that something like that is a game changer. “The ball clearly strikes Corry on the back and the referee has a clear view of the incident. I thought he had given an offside or something. I spent three hours in a video conference with Fifa the other week on video assistant referees (VAR) and certainly when you see what happened tonight you would be an advocate of it.” 4:27PM Here's the pen decision from the first leg Ridiculous handball Credit: Getty 4:25PM Switzerland are a better team, and they have an away goal in their choccy pocket. They were the better team in the first leg as well. BUT, they were well jammy to get that penalty, and indeed could very well have been down to ten anyway after just a few minutes when Fabian Schar kicked the living daylights out of Stuart Dallas. 4:13PM Teams Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez,  Shaqiri, Zakaria, Xhaka, Zuber, Dzemaili, Seferovic. Subs: Hitz,  Lacroix, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Behrami,  Gelson Fernandes, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Edimilson Fernandes,  Burki. Northern Ireland: McGovern, Hughes, Jonny Evans, McAuley,  Brunt, Ward, Davis, Norwood, Saville, Dallas, Washington. Subs:  Mannus, McLaughlin, Ferguson, Hodson, Jones, Kyle Lafferty,  Paton, Lund, McNair, Magennis, McArdle, Carroll. Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)  4:12PM Good afternoon Tyers here, team news incoming, and may I just state clearly and for the record before we get going: COME ON NORTHERN IRELAND! 4:10PM Our preview What is it? The World Cup play-off second leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland. The Swiss have a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  When is it? It's today, so Sunday November 12.  What time is kick-off? 5pm.  What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Football, the home of football.  Watch Switzerland vs Northern Ireland on Sunday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Corry Evans is controversially suspended for Northern Ireland after his harsh yellow card in the first leg, while Stuart Dallas is unlikely to be fit after suffering an ankle injury at Hampden Park. UPDATE: They've gambled on Dallas Switzerland are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that defeated Northern Ireland on Thursday night so we're anticipating the line-ups to be as follows: Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Pick your Switzerland team to face Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (4-3-3): McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, J Evans, Brunt; Norwood, Saville, Davis; Magennis, Lafferty, Ward. Pick your Northern Ireland team to face Switzerland What are they saying? Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was furious with the decisions which went against his team in the first leg.  "It's staggering really that the referee can give that penalty decision in that situation," O'Neill said on Sky Sports. "He was six yards from the incident, he has no one in his line of sight. "Corry has just gone to block it, his body is turned and the ball actually hits him more on the shoulder than the arm so it is incredible. "I thought he had blown for a foul or for offside, so to give a penalty for that, when nobody appealed, it is bewildering really. "In such a defining moment in the match we feel very hard done by. "The tackle by Schar was a borderline red card, the referee certainly didn't do us any favours tonight." Michael O'Neill was furious with some of the refereeing decisions that went against his team Credit:  Action Images Switzerland winger Xerdan Shaqiri took the Arsene Wenger approach.  "I didn't see the penalty and I don't know if it was one or not," he said. "I tried to have a shot on goal and I don't know if he touched with his hand or not. "In the end the referee gave the penalty and that is football. I will have to look again at the situation. "I think we controlled the game for 90 minutes and we had a lot of ball possession and created a lot of chances too, it was only a matter of time until we scored. I think we deserved the win. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Switzerland - 1/2 Northern Ireland - 13/2 Draw - 13/5  What's our prediction? Switzerland to win on the night 2-1 and advance to the World Cup 3-1 on aggregate. 

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0; agg 1-0: Swiss through to World Cup thanks to dodgy first-leg penalty

It will be a while before Northern Ireland’s players, management and supporters get the image of Ricardo Rodriguez dramatically clearing Jonny Evans’ header off the goalline in stoppage time out of their minds. Evans, like the magnificent 1,900 Northern Irish fans camped inside one corner of St Jakob-Park, must have thought he had dragged this spell-binding match into extra-time and kept alive his country’s World Cup hopes but it was not to be. A frenetic goalless draw was enough to book Switzerland’s place in Russia next summer, after Thursday’s controversial 1-0 first-leg victory in Belfast, and a crestfallen Michael O’Neill and his valiant players were left to reflect with a sense of desolation and anger on a very costly error by referee Ovidiu Hategan. And that is the shame of it. That a fiercely fought play-off should ultimately have been decided by the award of a penalty for handball by Corry Evans that wasn’t, and while Switzerland will argue that they blew enough chances to have won with greater ease over 180 minutes, the point is they did not and were indebted to Hategan as much as Rodriguez. “Shafted is the only word for it,” said midfielder Oliver Norwood. “I will think about the penalty decision for years to come. It’s cost us a place in the World Cup.” Shooter: Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas has an effort Credit: PA Wire It was the AC Milan left-back who emerged as Switzerland’s saviour in both games, converting that decisive penalty at Windsor Park and then making the heroic, last-gasp intervention at the death to deny Evans and Northern Irish dreams of a first World Cup appearance for 32 years. O’Neill’s players were dead on their feet. Some were in tears, others could barely stand, overcome with tiredness and emotion. They gave it everything, a performance of character, resilience and boundless energy and enthusiasm, but it was not quite enough. The immediate aftermath of such an emotional occasion is no time or place to make rational decisions but it remains to be seen if O’Neill can pick himself up and go again or whether he feels he has taken this side as far as he can. No one looked more crushed than him by the end. “The first emotion is almost devastation,” he said. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP Clubs are sure to be circling for the man who has transformed Northern Ireland’s fortunes over the past 5½ years and he is one name under consideration by the Scottish FA to replace Gordon Strachan, although Norwood willed the manager to stay on. “The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay,” he said. O’Neill is not the only one with a decision to make over his future, though. Aaron Hughes is 38, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt will be 38 and 33 respectively next month. Jamie Ward is 31 and captain Steven Davis turns 33 on New Year’s Day. Is this a natural moment to call time on their international careers? If it is, it will probably mark the end of an era for this side, although a new hero in the making emerged in the form of George Saville, the Millwall midfielder, and the likes of Stuart Dallas and Jonny Evans, both outstanding here, will continue to lead the fight. The stakes were huge, and the challenging conditions only heightened the drama. It had barely stopped raining for 24 hours in Basel and the pitch cut up terribly. Saville described it as “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” although it was to the credit of both teams that it did not distract from an absorbing game. Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal Northern Ireland were indebted to Michael McGovern for making two excellent saves to deny Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber in the space of three first-half minutes and Haris Seferovic glanced a header from an inviting possession wide, but O’Neill’s side were well on top after the restart. O’Neill had made four changes from the first leg and they had a transformative effect. Saville, in for the suspended Corry Evans, was making only his fourth international appearance but you wouldn’t have known. Up against Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria, of Borussia Monchengladbach, he was the best midfielder on show, upstaging even Davis with his calmness and precision on the ball. Not to be: Northern Ireland fans were left wondering what might have been Credit: PA Ward and Conor Washington brought far more pace and mobility to the attack and Dallas, who had been on crutches after an awful challenge from Fabian Schar in the first leg that should have resulted in the Switzerland defender’s dismissal, was outstanding down the left. In defence, Jonny Evans and McAuley were colossal. Brunt had brought a couple of good saves from Yann Sommer early on but Northern Ireland’s best spell came midway through the second period. In the 55th minute, Saville sprayed a raking pass out to Ward, who whipped over a lovely cross that Washington met with a good header that sailed agonisingly wide of the far post. Soon after, opportunity knocked for Saville. Washington pulled the ball back but the midfielder got the ball caught under his feet and his resulting shot lacked power as Sommer smothered. Wayward: the Swiss missed lots of chances, with Haris Seferovic a particular culprit Credit: PA Seferovic missed a glorious chance late on to put the game beyond Northern Ireland and then came the dramatic finale. After Brunt’s corner was partially cleared, McAuley played the ball back to his West Bromwich Albion team-mate. Sommer came for the cross but missed the ball and Jonny Evans ignored the flying boots to power a header towards goal. It was a brave header that typified his performance but to his anguish there was Rodriguez to clear on the line, and extinguish Northern Ireland’s World Cup dream. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 6:52PM Full time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (1-0 on agg) That's it. Switzerland are going to the World Cup. Northern Ireland are not. Hard lines for Northern Ireland, who will still be smarting about the penalty decision in the first dig. On this evidence, Switzerland will be merely making up the numbers in Russia: they were a drab and sloppy lot who, surely, can play much better. They had half a dozen decent chances to bury Northern Ireland here, but O'Neill's men do not lack for fight and they made this an uncomfortable evening for the hosts. Thanks for following this with us, report and reaction follows shortly. O'Neill: "Devastated players. Out to a shocking decision in the first leg. Raw courage in this leg. Some regrets. But if it was not for that penalty, we would be playing extra time. Very poor ref in first leg, got pen wrong got red card wrong. We have to try and move on. "To take a team like Switzerland to the last minute over two legs is a fantastic achievement. We don't always have top level players but we do have top level characters. No rush into making decisions [about players' futures]." Asked if he might stay/go? "I am not going to give any thought [to my future] and I don't think that is a reasonable question at this time to be honest." 6:50PM 90+ mins Brunt has the ball, "tries to be clever" as Armstrong says, loses the ball. Embolo breaks, Evans (I think it was) bundles him over. That gives the Swiss a free and this will probably give them a chance to kill this game. That's the lot. 6:48PM 90+ mins Corner for NIR. Half cleared. Deep ball in. Keeper comes out flapping... J Evans header at the back post! Hacked off the line by Rodriguez. Oh, was that the moment? Cleared acrobatically off the line by the man who scored the goal in the first leg. Heartbreaker. 6:47PM 90 mins It's all about this Embolo now, he's carving NI open time and again. But the shooting/final ball remain weak. 6:44PM 87 mins Embolo gets down the left, excellent from the sub, he crosses and it's the unmarked Mehedi... ooh, it just evades him. Close. Just needed any touch. 6:42PM 85 mins Seferovic comes off, he's been straight-up useless, and Embolo comes on in his stead. 6:42PM 84 mins Swiss gaffer turns to the fans and gestures "come on! get behind the team!" rather than making them even more nervy. 6:41PM 83 mins NIR, not unreasonably, committing plenty forward. They're over-run now on the break, it's Zakaria who breaks and he slips it to Seferovic, who has time and space to wrap this up. He's shot ten feet over from about 15 feet. Oh boy. This Swiss lot are a shower! 6:39PM 82 mins Come on NIR. They have a throw in Delap Territory. Cleared, just about. Getting to the "do or die" stages of the match, here come the Swiss. 6:36PM 79 mins Shaqiri, disappointing, comes off. Freuler is the man to come on. 6:35PM 77 mins Bit of a crowd scene 35 yards from the NIR goal. Deliberate handball from Evans, on the floor. Clear yellow card. Rodriguez will play it in. No threat. 6:34PM 75 mins Zuber with an effort, wins a corner. Low ball to the near post from Shakira, and Seferovic can do little more than improvise a dink at the near post. About 15 minutes left for NI to force extra time. 6:32PM 74 mins Here is the change, then. And it is a doubler. Ward comes off for Jones.  Magennis is on for Norwood 6:31PM 72 mins Swiss not helping themselves, inviting pressure on with individual errors, such as Zakaria lofting the ball out. The hapless Zuber crosses to nobody. 6:30PM 70 mins Dilemma for MO'N: do they make the change and go for broke, or do they trust to the fact that they are on top? Legs must be getting tired, the going is heavy. 6:25PM 68 mins Dallas down the left, just about cleared by the Swiss. It's all NIR at the moment. Swiss under the cosh. "Northern Ireland certainly the better side now," says Gerry. 6:24PM 67 mins Decent little spell for the boys in white and green, some pressure 6:23PM 65 mins There's the man Dallas down the left, fine spin onto a flick on from McAuley, and a hard low cross. He wins a corner off Schar. And soon another corner. 6:18PM 60 mins Washington great spin down the flank, crosses and finds Saville. But his shot is weak, the ball getting stuck under his feet. Admir Mehmedi replaces Blerim Dzemaili 6:15PM 59 mins If I was the Swiss boss I'd get Zuber off stat. The guy is a liability. Another good opportunity goes begging when the ball just pings off him. Zakaria rakes his studs down Washington's legs. From the resultant freekick, the Swiss keeper comes out waving at his mother and misses the ball. McAuley not a million miles from nodding in. 6:15PM 58 mins Gerry Armstrong throwing shade at "their" players for wearing gloves. The expression "don't fancy it" is used. 6:13PM 56 mins Zuber down the left, there's the low cross... it just needs a touch, but it rattles through the NI six-yard box in splendid isolation. 6:11PM 53 mins BRILLIANT counter from Northern Ireland. Raking ball out to the right from Saville, a galloping run and cross from Ward. Washington meets it with the head, and it fades just past the far post.  Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Conor Washington, 54 min) 6:07PM 49 mins It's that Schar again! Two-footed tackle. Dallas the victim. Again no card. The NI lads on the touchline are asking the Fourth Official what game/what tie these officials are watching! Certainly Schar seems to be leading a charmed life. 6:04PM 47 mins But it's the Swiss who are the first to show. Lichtsteiner with a good run down the right, he picks out Zuber, who has time and space, but dithers. Wet. Not sure if it is nerves, but this Swiss lot are very timid and unsure when shooting. They scored 23 in qualifying, not sure how. Rodríguez shoots wide. 6:02PM 46 mins Northern Ireland kick off. 6:00PM So Northern Ireland have 45 minutes to get something out of this. 5:59PM This suggests that Brunt (number 11 - at LB) is fairly well pushed up Average touch positions (half time) and that he is not getting a lot of support from  Saville (20), who is billed as the left midfielder of a three but is tucked in very narrow. 5:57PM Left-back area the big concern for M'ON. Swiss really having a lot of joy in behind there Switzerland vs Northern Ireland 5:47PM Half time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 Encouraging from Northern Ireland in many senses, they have had their moments and had a couple of shots on target. On the other hand, the Swiss should have wrapped this up on perhaps three occasions, so... Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal 5:46PM 43 mins Ward with a good run, and Schär sticks a leg out with no intention/hope of getting the ball. Foul. That Schär is a bit of a one, eh? Freekick in a handy place. But Brunt has curled it 20 feet over. Oh dear. 5:44PM 42 mins Another offside flag, this time it's Xhaka who is the culprit. 5:44PM It's all relative Anyone who thinks the pitch in Basle is bad doesn't remember the Baseball Ground, or this match: Man C v West Ham at Maine Rd in 1970 https://t.co/ddM414q7si— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) November 12, 2017 5:41PM 39 mins And here come the Swiss! NI are getting done here, it's a dangerous break and Shaqiri is going to be clean through down the right... Phew! Off-side flag saves the day.  5:40PM 38 mins Rodriguez gives Dallas a lovely man hug, and NI have a free. Cleared easily enough. 5:35PM 34 mins NI having a bit of ball here, playing it around. That's good. Settle. 5:34PM 33 mins I appreciate that Northern Ireland probably feel that their best chance is a puncher's chance, but they simply HAVE to tighten up here. The Swiss could have had three or four, if they could hit the target. "We are riding our luck," says Keith Gillespie on the BBC. 5:31PM 30 mins Northern Ireland on the ropes now, here's Zuber again, he's galloping through and he's time to pick his spot...  miles wide. 5:29PM 28 mins Zuber is through! Cracks a shot at goal, and that's another very fine stop from McGovern in nets. This is a night for heroes, and the NI keeper is on his way. 5:28PM 27 mins Shaqiri again with a run, ended in uncompromising fashion by J Evans. Shaq gestures that there was some elbow in there. I've got a short, two-word,  seven-letter suggestion for Shaqiri. 5:26PM 26 mins And yet again! This is crazy. Sort it out, MO'N. Shaqiri crosses, there's the lad Seferovic with a free header again. And he's missed, and headed thin air. Wow, what a let-off. 5:25PM 25 mins And there's that Shaqiri again! Again far too much space, again allowed to cut in side. REALLY good save from the keeper. 5:25PM 24 mins Ooh, the Swiss could have scored there. It's Seferovic again, and again he might have done better. Effort wide at the near post. 5:24PM 21 mins This diagram shows how the Swiss have been able to overload Ireland in the right-wing  vs left-back area. They've doubling up down that flank. Average touch positions (22 min) 5:21PM 20 mins But they have given it away... nope, the Swiss cannot capitalise. Quieter in the last 5 mins. 5:20PM 19 mins Pitch is beginning to look like a cabbage patch. Northern Ireland playing it around. 5:15PM 15 mins Brunt, for the second time in the match, cracks a drive at the keeper. This is an excellent game, very enjoyable. So open. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP 5:13PM 14 mins NI leave the dangerous Shaqiri alone on that right again, he cuts in and lashes the ball at goal with his left. Blocked. Now there's acres down the left... Northern Ireland are inviting disaster here, but it's exciting stuff. 5:13PM 11 mins NI are under constant pressure at the moment. Another corner. But now they clear and there's a race between Ward and Lichtsteiner. The Swiss skipper slides in and nicks the ball away. Ward was through there otherwise.  5:10PM 9 mins McAuley has saved NI twice in a couple of minutes. First, he heads one off the line, and now he has positioned himself brilliantly to deny Dzemaili, who skipped through and played it across goal. 5:07PM 7 mins More danger down that right. Lichtsteiner on the overlap, chopped down by Brunt for a clear booking. 5:06PM 6 mins Danger here though. Fantastic ball from the right by Shaqiri... WHAT a cross that is, Beckham-esque. Vicious whip and pace. Free header Seferovic! Should have scored. Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Haris Seferovic, 5 min) 5:04PM 4 mins Super start from the Northern Irish then, getting forward, getting the ball in, and putting the hosts on notice that any complacency is going to be hammered. 5:03PM 3 mins Hughes now with another decent ball in. It's half cleared to Brunt. Cracking effort! Tipped over. And now pressure again at the corner. 5:03PM 2 mins Excellent chance for NI. Davis with a deep cross, and it's two on one for the NI lads at the backs stick. 5:02PM 1 mins Right then. The Swiss have started like a train, Northern Ireland try to pass it around on the edge of their box and they are under pressure right away. Two poor passes. Don't fiddle about on a pitch like this. Lump it. Gerry Armstrong is on to his fourth "we" and the match is 80 seconds old. 4:57PM Plenty of Northern Ireland in the stadium. It's red cross on a white background versus white cross on a red. The Swiss have already printed the celebratory t-shirts, one hears. I mean: literally, not metaphorically. Apparently the Swiss FA have had a job lot of shirts done that they will dish out at the end. That will be DEE-LISH-OUS if they get turned over here. 4:54PM Right then We're about ready. What a story this would be. The Northern Ireland side are bidding to make their first appearance at the big show since Mexico 1986. 4:43PM And here's the Northern Irish Northern Ireland v Swiss 4:42PM Here's how the Swiss might line up Credit: Sky Sports Football 4:38PM Gerry Armstrong is in Basel And it is absolutely hosing it down there! Grass is long, the telly coverage just showed a ball plopping and plugging into the sodden turf. soaking evening in Switzerland Credit: Sky Sports Football That has to be in Northern Ireland's favour, right? 4:35PM Let's go Swiss have lost just one in 18, and scored fully 27 points in qualifying, as did Portugal in their group. Ronaldo's lot won what was a de facto play-off in the last match of the group when they won 2-0 (the same scoreline by which the Swiss beat Portugal earlier in the process). Only Germany, with 30 points, and Belgium and Spain with 28 managed more points in qualifying, and I think it is fair to say that the Swiss would be worthy representatives. BUT who cares about that? Come on Northern Ireland! Graham Little on Sky reports that no team has made it through the play-offs after losing the first leg. Davros Dowie: "Still find it very difficult, in this modern day, that games of this magnitude are decided on a guess." Steven Davis (R) fends off Granit Xhaka in the first leg on Thursday night Credit:  Getty Images 4:33PM The big question is whether Northern Ireland can harness their righteous fury, or whether it will hamper them. 4:29PM There were some good quotes out of the Northern Ireland camp after that penalty. "It was actually a worse decision (than Thierry Henry's handball) because the ref has made a call that was not there," Jonny Evans, Corry's brother, said. Asked if he had seen a poorer decision from a referee, O’Neill said: “Well certainly not in any of the games that I have been involved in, particularly at this level, no. I am not in a position to say the referee is incompetent but it’s just staggering in this day and age when the stakes are so high that something like that is a game changer. “The ball clearly strikes Corry on the back and the referee has a clear view of the incident. I thought he had given an offside or something. I spent three hours in a video conference with Fifa the other week on video assistant referees (VAR) and certainly when you see what happened tonight you would be an advocate of it.” 4:27PM Here's the pen decision from the first leg Ridiculous handball Credit: Getty 4:25PM Switzerland are a better team, and they have an away goal in their choccy pocket. They were the better team in the first leg as well. BUT, they were well jammy to get that penalty, and indeed could very well have been down to ten anyway after just a few minutes when Fabian Schar kicked the living daylights out of Stuart Dallas. 4:13PM Teams Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez,  Shaqiri, Zakaria, Xhaka, Zuber, Dzemaili, Seferovic. Subs: Hitz,  Lacroix, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Behrami,  Gelson Fernandes, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Edimilson Fernandes,  Burki. Northern Ireland: McGovern, Hughes, Jonny Evans, McAuley,  Brunt, Ward, Davis, Norwood, Saville, Dallas, Washington. Subs:  Mannus, McLaughlin, Ferguson, Hodson, Jones, Kyle Lafferty,  Paton, Lund, McNair, Magennis, McArdle, Carroll. Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)  4:12PM Good afternoon Tyers here, team news incoming, and may I just state clearly and for the record before we get going: COME ON NORTHERN IRELAND! 4:10PM Our preview What is it? The World Cup play-off second leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland. The Swiss have a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  When is it? It's today, so Sunday November 12.  What time is kick-off? 5pm.  What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Football, the home of football.  Watch Switzerland vs Northern Ireland on Sunday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Corry Evans is controversially suspended for Northern Ireland after his harsh yellow card in the first leg, while Stuart Dallas is unlikely to be fit after suffering an ankle injury at Hampden Park. UPDATE: They've gambled on Dallas Switzerland are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that defeated Northern Ireland on Thursday night so we're anticipating the line-ups to be as follows: Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Pick your Switzerland team to face Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (4-3-3): McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, J Evans, Brunt; Norwood, Saville, Davis; Magennis, Lafferty, Ward. Pick your Northern Ireland team to face Switzerland What are they saying? Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was furious with the decisions which went against his team in the first leg.  "It's staggering really that the referee can give that penalty decision in that situation," O'Neill said on Sky Sports. "He was six yards from the incident, he has no one in his line of sight. "Corry has just gone to block it, his body is turned and the ball actually hits him more on the shoulder than the arm so it is incredible. "I thought he had blown for a foul or for offside, so to give a penalty for that, when nobody appealed, it is bewildering really. "In such a defining moment in the match we feel very hard done by. "The tackle by Schar was a borderline red card, the referee certainly didn't do us any favours tonight." Michael O'Neill was furious with some of the refereeing decisions that went against his team Credit:  Action Images Switzerland winger Xerdan Shaqiri took the Arsene Wenger approach.  "I didn't see the penalty and I don't know if it was one or not," he said. "I tried to have a shot on goal and I don't know if he touched with his hand or not. "In the end the referee gave the penalty and that is football. I will have to look again at the situation. "I think we controlled the game for 90 minutes and we had a lot of ball possession and created a lot of chances too, it was only a matter of time until we scored. I think we deserved the win. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Switzerland - 1/2 Northern Ireland - 13/2 Draw - 13/5  What's our prediction? Switzerland to win on the night 2-1 and advance to the World Cup 3-1 on aggregate. 

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0; agg 1-0: Swiss through to World Cup thanks to dodgy first-leg penalty

It will be a while before Northern Ireland’s players, management and supporters get the image of Ricardo Rodriguez dramatically clearing Jonny Evans’ header off the goalline in stoppage time out of their minds. Evans, like the magnificent 1,900 Northern Irish fans camped inside one corner of St Jakob-Park, must have thought he had dragged this spell-binding match into extra-time and kept alive his country’s World Cup hopes but it was not to be. A frenetic goalless draw was enough to book Switzerland’s place in Russia next summer, after Thursday’s controversial 1-0 first-leg victory in Belfast, and a crestfallen Michael O’Neill and his valiant players were left to reflect with a sense of desolation and anger on a very costly error by referee Ovidiu Hategan. And that is the shame of it. That a fiercely fought play-off should ultimately have been decided by the award of a penalty for handball by Corry Evans that wasn’t, and while Switzerland will argue that they blew enough chances to have won with greater ease over 180 minutes, the point is they did not and were indebted to Hategan as much as Rodriguez. “Shafted is the only word for it,” said midfielder Oliver Norwood. “I will think about the penalty decision for years to come. It’s cost us a place in the World Cup.” Shooter: Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas has an effort Credit: PA Wire It was the AC Milan left-back who emerged as Switzerland’s saviour in both games, converting that decisive penalty at Windsor Park and then making the heroic, last-gasp intervention at the death to deny Evans and Northern Irish dreams of a first World Cup appearance for 32 years. O’Neill’s players were dead on their feet. Some were in tears, others could barely stand, overcome with tiredness and emotion. They gave it everything, a performance of character, resilience and boundless energy and enthusiasm, but it was not quite enough. The immediate aftermath of such an emotional occasion is no time or place to make rational decisions but it remains to be seen if O’Neill can pick himself up and go again or whether he feels he has taken this side as far as he can. No one looked more crushed than him by the end. “The first emotion is almost devastation,” he said. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP Clubs are sure to be circling for the man who has transformed Northern Ireland’s fortunes over the past 5½ years and he is one name under consideration by the Scottish FA to replace Gordon Strachan, although Norwood willed the manager to stay on. “The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay,” he said. O’Neill is not the only one with a decision to make over his future, though. Aaron Hughes is 38, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt will be 38 and 33 respectively next month. Jamie Ward is 31 and captain Steven Davis turns 33 on New Year’s Day. Is this a natural moment to call time on their international careers? If it is, it will probably mark the end of an era for this side, although a new hero in the making emerged in the form of George Saville, the Millwall midfielder, and the likes of Stuart Dallas and Jonny Evans, both outstanding here, will continue to lead the fight. The stakes were huge, and the challenging conditions only heightened the drama. It had barely stopped raining for 24 hours in Basel and the pitch cut up terribly. Saville described it as “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” although it was to the credit of both teams that it did not distract from an absorbing game. Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal Northern Ireland were indebted to Michael McGovern for making two excellent saves to deny Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber in the space of three first-half minutes and Haris Seferovic glanced a header from an inviting possession wide, but O’Neill’s side were well on top after the restart. O’Neill had made four changes from the first leg and they had a transformative effect. Saville, in for the suspended Corry Evans, was making only his fourth international appearance but you wouldn’t have known. Up against Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria, of Borussia Monchengladbach, he was the best midfielder on show, upstaging even Davis with his calmness and precision on the ball. Not to be: Northern Ireland fans were left wondering what might have been Credit: PA Ward and Conor Washington brought far more pace and mobility to the attack and Dallas, who had been on crutches after an awful challenge from Fabian Schar in the first leg that should have resulted in the Switzerland defender’s dismissal, was outstanding down the left. In defence, Jonny Evans and McAuley were colossal. Brunt had brought a couple of good saves from Yann Sommer early on but Northern Ireland’s best spell came midway through the second period. In the 55th minute, Saville sprayed a raking pass out to Ward, who whipped over a lovely cross that Washington met with a good header that sailed agonisingly wide of the far post. Soon after, opportunity knocked for Saville. Washington pulled the ball back but the midfielder got the ball caught under his feet and his resulting shot lacked power as Sommer smothered. Wayward: the Swiss missed lots of chances, with Haris Seferovic a particular culprit Credit: PA Seferovic missed a glorious chance late on to put the game beyond Northern Ireland and then came the dramatic finale. After Brunt’s corner was partially cleared, McAuley played the ball back to his West Bromwich Albion team-mate. Sommer came for the cross but missed the ball and Jonny Evans ignored the flying boots to power a header towards goal. It was a brave header that typified his performance but to his anguish there was Rodriguez to clear on the line, and extinguish Northern Ireland’s World Cup dream. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 6:52PM Full time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (1-0 on agg) That's it. Switzerland are going to the World Cup. Northern Ireland are not. Hard lines for Northern Ireland, who will still be smarting about the penalty decision in the first dig. On this evidence, Switzerland will be merely making up the numbers in Russia: they were a drab and sloppy lot who, surely, can play much better. They had half a dozen decent chances to bury Northern Ireland here, but O'Neill's men do not lack for fight and they made this an uncomfortable evening for the hosts. Thanks for following this with us, report and reaction follows shortly. O'Neill: "Devastated players. Out to a shocking decision in the first leg. Raw courage in this leg. Some regrets. But if it was not for that penalty, we would be playing extra time. Very poor ref in first leg, got pen wrong got red card wrong. We have to try and move on. "To take a team like Switzerland to the last minute over two legs is a fantastic achievement. We don't always have top level players but we do have top level characters. No rush into making decisions [about players' futures]." Asked if he might stay/go? "I am not going to give any thought [to my future] and I don't think that is a reasonable question at this time to be honest." 6:50PM 90+ mins Brunt has the ball, "tries to be clever" as Armstrong says, loses the ball. Embolo breaks, Evans (I think it was) bundles him over. That gives the Swiss a free and this will probably give them a chance to kill this game. That's the lot. 6:48PM 90+ mins Corner for NIR. Half cleared. Deep ball in. Keeper comes out flapping... J Evans header at the back post! Hacked off the line by Rodriguez. Oh, was that the moment? Cleared acrobatically off the line by the man who scored the goal in the first leg. Heartbreaker. 6:47PM 90 mins It's all about this Embolo now, he's carving NI open time and again. But the shooting/final ball remain weak. 6:44PM 87 mins Embolo gets down the left, excellent from the sub, he crosses and it's the unmarked Mehedi... ooh, it just evades him. Close. Just needed any touch. 6:42PM 85 mins Seferovic comes off, he's been straight-up useless, and Embolo comes on in his stead. 6:42PM 84 mins Swiss gaffer turns to the fans and gestures "come on! get behind the team!" rather than making them even more nervy. 6:41PM 83 mins NIR, not unreasonably, committing plenty forward. They're over-run now on the break, it's Zakaria who breaks and he slips it to Seferovic, who has time and space to wrap this up. He's shot ten feet over from about 15 feet. Oh boy. This Swiss lot are a shower! 6:39PM 82 mins Come on NIR. They have a throw in Delap Territory. Cleared, just about. Getting to the "do or die" stages of the match, here come the Swiss. 6:36PM 79 mins Shaqiri, disappointing, comes off. Freuler is the man to come on. 6:35PM 77 mins Bit of a crowd scene 35 yards from the NIR goal. Deliberate handball from Evans, on the floor. Clear yellow card. Rodriguez will play it in. No threat. 6:34PM 75 mins Zuber with an effort, wins a corner. Low ball to the near post from Shakira, and Seferovic can do little more than improvise a dink at the near post. About 15 minutes left for NI to force extra time. 6:32PM 74 mins Here is the change, then. And it is a doubler. Ward comes off for Jones.  Magennis is on for Norwood 6:31PM 72 mins Swiss not helping themselves, inviting pressure on with individual errors, such as Zakaria lofting the ball out. The hapless Zuber crosses to nobody. 6:30PM 70 mins Dilemma for MO'N: do they make the change and go for broke, or do they trust to the fact that they are on top? Legs must be getting tired, the going is heavy. 6:25PM 68 mins Dallas down the left, just about cleared by the Swiss. It's all NIR at the moment. Swiss under the cosh. "Northern Ireland certainly the better side now," says Gerry. 6:24PM 67 mins Decent little spell for the boys in white and green, some pressure 6:23PM 65 mins There's the man Dallas down the left, fine spin onto a flick on from McAuley, and a hard low cross. He wins a corner off Schar. And soon another corner. 6:18PM 60 mins Washington great spin down the flank, crosses and finds Saville. But his shot is weak, the ball getting stuck under his feet. Admir Mehmedi replaces Blerim Dzemaili 6:15PM 59 mins If I was the Swiss boss I'd get Zuber off stat. The guy is a liability. Another good opportunity goes begging when the ball just pings off him. Zakaria rakes his studs down Washington's legs. From the resultant freekick, the Swiss keeper comes out waving at his mother and misses the ball. McAuley not a million miles from nodding in. 6:15PM 58 mins Gerry Armstrong throwing shade at "their" players for wearing gloves. The expression "don't fancy it" is used. 6:13PM 56 mins Zuber down the left, there's the low cross... it just needs a touch, but it rattles through the NI six-yard box in splendid isolation. 6:11PM 53 mins BRILLIANT counter from Northern Ireland. Raking ball out to the right from Saville, a galloping run and cross from Ward. Washington meets it with the head, and it fades just past the far post.  Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Conor Washington, 54 min) 6:07PM 49 mins It's that Schar again! Two-footed tackle. Dallas the victim. Again no card. The NI lads on the touchline are asking the Fourth Official what game/what tie these officials are watching! Certainly Schar seems to be leading a charmed life. 6:04PM 47 mins But it's the Swiss who are the first to show. Lichtsteiner with a good run down the right, he picks out Zuber, who has time and space, but dithers. Wet. Not sure if it is nerves, but this Swiss lot are very timid and unsure when shooting. They scored 23 in qualifying, not sure how. Rodríguez shoots wide. 6:02PM 46 mins Northern Ireland kick off. 6:00PM So Northern Ireland have 45 minutes to get something out of this. 5:59PM This suggests that Brunt (number 11 - at LB) is fairly well pushed up Average touch positions (half time) and that he is not getting a lot of support from  Saville (20), who is billed as the left midfielder of a three but is tucked in very narrow. 5:57PM Left-back area the big concern for M'ON. Swiss really having a lot of joy in behind there Switzerland vs Northern Ireland 5:47PM Half time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 Encouraging from Northern Ireland in many senses, they have had their moments and had a couple of shots on target. On the other hand, the Swiss should have wrapped this up on perhaps three occasions, so... Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal 5:46PM 43 mins Ward with a good run, and Schär sticks a leg out with no intention/hope of getting the ball. Foul. That Schär is a bit of a one, eh? Freekick in a handy place. But Brunt has curled it 20 feet over. Oh dear. 5:44PM 42 mins Another offside flag, this time it's Xhaka who is the culprit. 5:44PM It's all relative Anyone who thinks the pitch in Basle is bad doesn't remember the Baseball Ground, or this match: Man C v West Ham at Maine Rd in 1970 https://t.co/ddM414q7si— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) November 12, 2017 5:41PM 39 mins And here come the Swiss! NI are getting done here, it's a dangerous break and Shaqiri is going to be clean through down the right... Phew! Off-side flag saves the day.  5:40PM 38 mins Rodriguez gives Dallas a lovely man hug, and NI have a free. Cleared easily enough. 5:35PM 34 mins NI having a bit of ball here, playing it around. That's good. Settle. 5:34PM 33 mins I appreciate that Northern Ireland probably feel that their best chance is a puncher's chance, but they simply HAVE to tighten up here. The Swiss could have had three or four, if they could hit the target. "We are riding our luck," says Keith Gillespie on the BBC. 5:31PM 30 mins Northern Ireland on the ropes now, here's Zuber again, he's galloping through and he's time to pick his spot...  miles wide. 5:29PM 28 mins Zuber is through! Cracks a shot at goal, and that's another very fine stop from McGovern in nets. This is a night for heroes, and the NI keeper is on his way. 5:28PM 27 mins Shaqiri again with a run, ended in uncompromising fashion by J Evans. Shaq gestures that there was some elbow in there. I've got a short, two-word,  seven-letter suggestion for Shaqiri. 5:26PM 26 mins And yet again! This is crazy. Sort it out, MO'N. Shaqiri crosses, there's the lad Seferovic with a free header again. And he's missed, and headed thin air. Wow, what a let-off. 5:25PM 25 mins And there's that Shaqiri again! Again far too much space, again allowed to cut in side. REALLY good save from the keeper. 5:25PM 24 mins Ooh, the Swiss could have scored there. It's Seferovic again, and again he might have done better. Effort wide at the near post. 5:24PM 21 mins This diagram shows how the Swiss have been able to overload Ireland in the right-wing  vs left-back area. They've doubling up down that flank. Average touch positions (22 min) 5:21PM 20 mins But they have given it away... nope, the Swiss cannot capitalise. Quieter in the last 5 mins. 5:20PM 19 mins Pitch is beginning to look like a cabbage patch. Northern Ireland playing it around. 5:15PM 15 mins Brunt, for the second time in the match, cracks a drive at the keeper. This is an excellent game, very enjoyable. So open. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP 5:13PM 14 mins NI leave the dangerous Shaqiri alone on that right again, he cuts in and lashes the ball at goal with his left. Blocked. Now there's acres down the left... Northern Ireland are inviting disaster here, but it's exciting stuff. 5:13PM 11 mins NI are under constant pressure at the moment. Another corner. But now they clear and there's a race between Ward and Lichtsteiner. The Swiss skipper slides in and nicks the ball away. Ward was through there otherwise.  5:10PM 9 mins McAuley has saved NI twice in a couple of minutes. First, he heads one off the line, and now he has positioned himself brilliantly to deny Dzemaili, who skipped through and played it across goal. 5:07PM 7 mins More danger down that right. Lichtsteiner on the overlap, chopped down by Brunt for a clear booking. 5:06PM 6 mins Danger here though. Fantastic ball from the right by Shaqiri... WHAT a cross that is, Beckham-esque. Vicious whip and pace. Free header Seferovic! Should have scored. Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Haris Seferovic, 5 min) 5:04PM 4 mins Super start from the Northern Irish then, getting forward, getting the ball in, and putting the hosts on notice that any complacency is going to be hammered. 5:03PM 3 mins Hughes now with another decent ball in. It's half cleared to Brunt. Cracking effort! Tipped over. And now pressure again at the corner. 5:03PM 2 mins Excellent chance for NI. Davis with a deep cross, and it's two on one for the NI lads at the backs stick. 5:02PM 1 mins Right then. The Swiss have started like a train, Northern Ireland try to pass it around on the edge of their box and they are under pressure right away. Two poor passes. Don't fiddle about on a pitch like this. Lump it. Gerry Armstrong is on to his fourth "we" and the match is 80 seconds old. 4:57PM Plenty of Northern Ireland in the stadium. It's red cross on a white background versus white cross on a red. The Swiss have already printed the celebratory t-shirts, one hears. I mean: literally, not metaphorically. Apparently the Swiss FA have had a job lot of shirts done that they will dish out at the end. That will be DEE-LISH-OUS if they get turned over here. 4:54PM Right then We're about ready. What a story this would be. The Northern Ireland side are bidding to make their first appearance at the big show since Mexico 1986. 4:43PM And here's the Northern Irish Northern Ireland v Swiss 4:42PM Here's how the Swiss might line up Credit: Sky Sports Football 4:38PM Gerry Armstrong is in Basel And it is absolutely hosing it down there! Grass is long, the telly coverage just showed a ball plopping and plugging into the sodden turf. soaking evening in Switzerland Credit: Sky Sports Football That has to be in Northern Ireland's favour, right? 4:35PM Let's go Swiss have lost just one in 18, and scored fully 27 points in qualifying, as did Portugal in their group. Ronaldo's lot won what was a de facto play-off in the last match of the group when they won 2-0 (the same scoreline by which the Swiss beat Portugal earlier in the process). Only Germany, with 30 points, and Belgium and Spain with 28 managed more points in qualifying, and I think it is fair to say that the Swiss would be worthy representatives. BUT who cares about that? Come on Northern Ireland! Graham Little on Sky reports that no team has made it through the play-offs after losing the first leg. Davros Dowie: "Still find it very difficult, in this modern day, that games of this magnitude are decided on a guess." Steven Davis (R) fends off Granit Xhaka in the first leg on Thursday night Credit:  Getty Images 4:33PM The big question is whether Northern Ireland can harness their righteous fury, or whether it will hamper them. 4:29PM There were some good quotes out of the Northern Ireland camp after that penalty. "It was actually a worse decision (than Thierry Henry's handball) because the ref has made a call that was not there," Jonny Evans, Corry's brother, said. Asked if he had seen a poorer decision from a referee, O’Neill said: “Well certainly not in any of the games that I have been involved in, particularly at this level, no. I am not in a position to say the referee is incompetent but it’s just staggering in this day and age when the stakes are so high that something like that is a game changer. “The ball clearly strikes Corry on the back and the referee has a clear view of the incident. I thought he had given an offside or something. I spent three hours in a video conference with Fifa the other week on video assistant referees (VAR) and certainly when you see what happened tonight you would be an advocate of it.” 4:27PM Here's the pen decision from the first leg Ridiculous handball Credit: Getty 4:25PM Switzerland are a better team, and they have an away goal in their choccy pocket. They were the better team in the first leg as well. BUT, they were well jammy to get that penalty, and indeed could very well have been down to ten anyway after just a few minutes when Fabian Schar kicked the living daylights out of Stuart Dallas. 4:13PM Teams Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez,  Shaqiri, Zakaria, Xhaka, Zuber, Dzemaili, Seferovic. Subs: Hitz,  Lacroix, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Behrami,  Gelson Fernandes, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Edimilson Fernandes,  Burki. Northern Ireland: McGovern, Hughes, Jonny Evans, McAuley,  Brunt, Ward, Davis, Norwood, Saville, Dallas, Washington. Subs:  Mannus, McLaughlin, Ferguson, Hodson, Jones, Kyle Lafferty,  Paton, Lund, McNair, Magennis, McArdle, Carroll. Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)  4:12PM Good afternoon Tyers here, team news incoming, and may I just state clearly and for the record before we get going: COME ON NORTHERN IRELAND! 4:10PM Our preview What is it? The World Cup play-off second leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland. The Swiss have a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  When is it? It's today, so Sunday November 12.  What time is kick-off? 5pm.  What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Football, the home of football.  Watch Switzerland vs Northern Ireland on Sunday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Corry Evans is controversially suspended for Northern Ireland after his harsh yellow card in the first leg, while Stuart Dallas is unlikely to be fit after suffering an ankle injury at Hampden Park. UPDATE: They've gambled on Dallas Switzerland are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that defeated Northern Ireland on Thursday night so we're anticipating the line-ups to be as follows: Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Pick your Switzerland team to face Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (4-3-3): McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, J Evans, Brunt; Norwood, Saville, Davis; Magennis, Lafferty, Ward. Pick your Northern Ireland team to face Switzerland What are they saying? Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was furious with the decisions which went against his team in the first leg.  "It's staggering really that the referee can give that penalty decision in that situation," O'Neill said on Sky Sports. "He was six yards from the incident, he has no one in his line of sight. "Corry has just gone to block it, his body is turned and the ball actually hits him more on the shoulder than the arm so it is incredible. "I thought he had blown for a foul or for offside, so to give a penalty for that, when nobody appealed, it is bewildering really. "In such a defining moment in the match we feel very hard done by. "The tackle by Schar was a borderline red card, the referee certainly didn't do us any favours tonight." Michael O'Neill was furious with some of the refereeing decisions that went against his team Credit:  Action Images Switzerland winger Xerdan Shaqiri took the Arsene Wenger approach.  "I didn't see the penalty and I don't know if it was one or not," he said. "I tried to have a shot on goal and I don't know if he touched with his hand or not. "In the end the referee gave the penalty and that is football. I will have to look again at the situation. "I think we controlled the game for 90 minutes and we had a lot of ball possession and created a lot of chances too, it was only a matter of time until we scored. I think we deserved the win. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Switzerland - 1/2 Northern Ireland - 13/2 Draw - 13/5  What's our prediction? Switzerland to win on the night 2-1 and advance to the World Cup 3-1 on aggregate. 

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