England 0, Brazil 0: Joe Gomez, John Stones and Eric Dier shine as Three Lions shut out Neymar and Gabriel Jesus

 
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Joe Gomez helped keep Brazil out on only his second appearance (Source: Getty)

How Gareth Southgate’s men performed in Tuesday night’s 0-0 friendly draw against Brazil.

Joe Hart 7

A confidence boosting outing for a goalkeeper who finds his place under threat, with good second-half saves from Jesus and Paulinho. Still looks nervy with ball at his feet.

Kyle Walker 6

Made just one dangerous cross - and in the 93rd minute - having been restricted to only rare raids down the right by Brazil’s high press. Defended diligently.

Joe Gomez 8

Ice-cool display from the Catford-born Liverpool youngster. Tasked with keeping the world’s most expensive player quiet on his first start for England and didn’t put a foot wrong.

John Stones 8

Made one vital intervention to prevent Neymar sprinting through on goal and, like Dier, seemed to thrive on greater responsibility of a more central role. Positioning and discipline were first class.

Harry Maguire 6

Looked uncertain in the early stages, especially in possession, and England’s least convincing defender on the night but the Leicester man grew into the game. Had a header saved from a free-kick.

Ryan Bertrand 7

A mixed display from the Southampton left-back. Mad an important first-half clearance and put in one superb cross for Vardy but stifled as an attacking force and sloppy on the ball at times.

Eric Dier 8

Captain led by example. Rock solid defensively and made one vital tracking run and tackle to thwart Neymar in the second half. Bulldozed through midfield at times and played good diagonal balls.

Jake Livermore 6

Frustrated Brazil and broke up play with a combination of doggedness and fouling. Limitations on the ball all too apparent; too often gave the ball away or chose a backward pass.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5

Unable to get into the game and build on his promising debut against Germany last week before picking up a knock on 34 minutes. Control let him down at times but shackled Neymar well.

Jamie Vardy 5

Forced to feed on scraps as England retreated deeper and deeper but wasted a great early opening, albeit created by his own turn of pace, with a poor cross when Rashford was well placed.

Marcus Rashford 7

Always looked for the ball and tried to conjure opportunities himself. One dazzling run included a 180 degree turn, a nutmeg and a Cruyff turn and wouldn’t have looked out of place from the opposition.

Substitutes

Jesse Lingard (Loftus-Cheek, 34): willingness to run at Brazil got England off the back foot and was positive throughout 7; Dominic Solanke (Vardy, 75): showed skill and build on a promising debut 7; Tammy Abraham (Rashford, 75): showed flashes of old Chelsea youth-team understanding with Solanke 6; Ashley Young (Bertrand, 80): game-saving block on Willian and a dangerous cross in lively cameo 7; Danny Rose (Livermore, 90): no impact n/a.

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