Gareth Southgate says England could face penalty shootout BEFORE next summer

Brazil manager Tite fielded all of his big guns, including the world's most expensive player Neymar, but despite the samba-rhythm that beat out from their 5,000 fans, the men in the famous yellow shirts failed to light up a cold night.

Gomez came off the bench in Friday's 0-0 draw with Germany, replacing the crocked Phil Jones after 25 minutes. "It's easy to pile the criticism on them now but I don't think that's the right course of action".

The closest they came was when Fernandinho grazed the post.

"The defensive performance tonight and the spirit collectively and some individual defensive performances were outstanding", he said.

"Against Japan we tested ourselves against a more mobile and skilled team, against England we tested ourselves against a team of strong and tall players, very solid", said Tite, who was hired in June 2016.

"But I can't control if we have moments of pressure, how other people respond".

Southgate said the faith shown in Rashford by United manager Jose Mourinho and former England boss Roy Hodgson was a sign that they considered him a big-game player.

"Tonight we looked anxious with the ball", Southgate said, "and I think that is a consequence of the threat from Brazil".

JOE GOMEZ will start for England against Brazil as he replaces injured Gary Cahill for the Wembley clash.

England keeper Hart, earning his 75th cap, enjoyed a quieter evening than he could possibly have imagined. "I thought they were brilliant", Hart said.

"Whether that's something on the training ground; whether that's in sessions we do away from the training ground, or something we do in some sort of match scenario".

Southgate believes his players face a tougher task against a side he deems to be the "best team in the world".

Neymar became tearful in a recent press conference while on international duty with Brazil, where he pleaded with the media to stop spreading fake stories about him.

Alves also became involved in a spat with England midfielder Jake Livermore after reacting angrily to an innocuous tackle. "I've just got to aim to keep playing and improve each day then hopefully opportunities will come".

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