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England vs Brazil. International Match.

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England 0

    Brazil 1

    • E Moreira de Sousa (80th minute)

    England 0-1 Brazil: Seventeen-year-old sensation Endrick steps off bench to sink Three Lions at Wembley

    Match report as Brazil end a three-game losing run with friendly win over England thanks to tap-in from Real Madrid-bound teen star Endrick; Lucas Paqueta also hit a post for visitors while Ollie Watkins missed hosts' big chance; England face Belgium in another friendly on Tuesday

    Endrick celebrates after netting winner for Brazil at Wembley
    Image: Endrick celebrates after netting winner for Brazil at Wembley

    Wonderkid Endrick scored his first goal for Brazil as the five-time world champions hit England's Euro 2024 preparations with a 1-0 victory at Wembley.

    The 17-year-old sensation will join Real Madrid from Palmeiras this summer for £62m, but showed Europe a glimpse of his potential with a poacher's finish with nine minutes remaining, tapping in after Jordan Pickford saved Vinicius Jnr's one-on-one chance.

    Endrick had only just come on as a substitute and his celebrations were wild. Pickford then denied him a second with the last kick of the game - it was some cameo.

    Who is Endrick?

    • Date of birth: July 21, 2006
    • Club: Palmeiras (he will join Real Madrid in July 2024)
    • PL interest? Chelsea were beaten to his signature
    • Key stat: In November 2023, he became the youngest player to be called up for Brazil since Ronaldo in 1994

    Brazil should have been ahead long before that breakthrough, with Kyle Walker injuring himself in the process of stopping a goal-bound Vinicius shot in a first half which also saw Rodrygo fire wide after Harry Maguire's error and Lucas Paqueta hit a post. England's defending was ragged.

    The home side felt West Ham's Paqueta should have been shown a second yellow card for a foul on the targeted Jude Bellingham before the break, but they should have hit the net themselves when Ollie Watkins - given his chance in the absence of injured captain Harry Kane - blazed over inside the box.

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    Sky Sports' Rob Dorsett and Peter Smith look at why England seemed flat in their performance against Brazil and what needs to change before their next friendly against Belgium.

    The second half drifted for long periods as England - missing 12 squad regulars - laboured but ultimately it was an injury-hit Brazil, packed with debutants, a new manager in charge, and on their worst run of results in 22 years who came out on top.

    Gareth Southgate and England will need to find more of a spark and more defensive cohesion when they face Belgium at the national stadium on Tuesday if they are to showcase why they are being fancied among the favourites to become European champions in Germany this summer.

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    Sam Blitz's player ratings

    England: Pickford (7); Walker (6), Stones (7), Maguire (6), Chilwell (5); Rice (7), Gallagher (6), Bellingham (8); Foden (7), Watkins (5), Gordon (7)

    Subs:Konsa (7), Dunk (5), Gomez (6), Mainoo (6), Rashford (5)

    Brazil:Bento (7); Danilo (7), Bruno (7), Beraldo (8), Wendell (7); Guimaraes (8), Gomes (7), Paqueta (6); Raphinha (6), Rodrygo (6), Vinicius (7)

    Subs:Pereira (7), Endrick (8), Savio (6), Luiz (6), Bremer (n/a), Maia (n/a)

    Player of the match:Endrick

    How Brazil beat England

    With new boss Dorival Junior fielding five debutants in his Brazil line-up, England looked to capitalise on any uncertainty in their backline and threatened through a couple of early set-pieces. That would be a feature of the first half, with Brazil racking up 12 fouls and Paqueta fortunate not to pick up a second yellow - but England's deliveries lacked precision.

    Team news

    • England boss Gareth Southgate handed Anthony Gordon his debut and Ollie Watkins the chance to impress from the start. Conor Gallagher also got the nod in midfield.
    • Injury-hit Brazil named five debutants in their starting team: goalkeeper Bento, Fabricio Bruno, Beraldo, Wendell and Wolves’ Joao Gomes. Vinicius Jr started in attack.

    It didn't take the visitors long to click into gear with the ball, though. The lively Rodrygo tested Pickford before Walker had to hit the turbo to get back and stop Vinicius' goal-bound shot after a wonderful pass through from Paqueta.

    Kyle Walker picked up an injury in England's friendly against Brazil
    Image: Kyle Walker picked up an injury in England's friendly against Brazil

    Walker injured himself in the process though, and was replaced by Ezri Konsa soon after, with a potential hamstring issue a worry for Premier League-chasing Man City who play title rivals Arsenal next Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

    Rodrygo shot wide when well placed just before that substitution but England found momentum of their own, with Watkins firing over a golden opportunity to score a statement strike after Conor Gallagher's lifted pass and Ben Chilwell twice blasting off target from the edge of the box.

    Brazil remained a threat, though, and should have gone ahead when the ball was cut back for Paqueta to shoot against the upright just after the half-hour. England's defence was pulled all over the place, with Chilwell out of position. There was another let-off when a bad Maguire error shortly before the break went unpunished by Raphinha who had latched onto the miscued backpass.

    Brazils' Vincius Junior makes an attempt to score
    Image: Brazils' Vincius Junior makes an attempt to score

    England debutant Anthony Gordon hit the target with a tentative half-volley when a free-kick found him unmarked at the back post at the start of the second half, and that lack of conviction was a sign of what was to come from the home side.

    It was another 10 minutes before John Stones unleashed their next shot. With the game drifting in Brazil's favour the visitors almost took the lead in style, with Paqueta curling a fine effort just wide.

    Both sides introduced their stars of the future in the latter stages, with Endrick sent on and Manchester United's 18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo unleashed by Southgate for his international debut - but it was the boy from Brazil who decided it.

    He dropped to his knees at full-time, overcome with the emotion of it all. An unforgettable night for him - but one England will have to learn lessons from if they are to play better against top-level opposition this summer.

    Southgate pleased with England performance

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    England boss Gareth Southgate was pleased with the performances of those players who made their debuts, insisting he remains positive despite the defeat.

    England boss Gareth Southgate: "I was pleased. Clearly we don't like losing football matches but I thought there were a lot of very good individual performances from players who have hardly played for England. More regular players were very good. We had as many attempts on goal as they have and the difference was one moment.

    "There were a couple of great quality passes [from Brazil]. You're talking about players at the very highest level of the game. You're going to have moments where your keeper has to make a save or defender block. We had those moments at the other end. If it finished a draw it would have been fair.

    "We're playing a top team. Chances are going to be limited. Perhaps we had the chances from set-pieces to capitalise on one of them. I was pleased with the players that went in. We need to find out about them. I thought Ollie did a good job. Didn't get that clear chance on goal you might want. A lot of his work was very good."

    On Walker's injury: "He's not sure if it's just tightness. We'll know more in the next 36 hours."

    On Kane's injury: "Kane will go back [to Bayern Munich]. He won't be fit for Tuesday."

    What's next for England?

    England are back in action again on Tuesday when they take on Belgium at Wembley in an international friendly; kick-off 7.45pm.

    Gareth Southgate's side then play two more international friendlies against Bosnia and Herzegovina at St James' Park on June 3 and Iceland at Wembley on June 7 before beginning their Euro 2024 campaign against Serbia on June 16.

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