Gareth Southgate’s England side will host Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday 14th November. The England team has been cursed with injuries and will be missing many key players.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won’t be featuring after he suffered a minor knock to the hamstring which ruled him out of Spurs’ win against Crystal Palace. Alli is a regular starter for England and is in great form after scoring 2 goals against Real Madrid for Tottenham last week, so this will be a big blow to the England side.
Manchester United’s Phil Jones is also looking unlikely to play after he came off early in the first half of England’s friendly against Germany. Jones started the game with heavy strapping to his left thigh and was clearly struggling from 10 minutes in, he came off after only 24 minutes.
With Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Jack Butland all ruled out, the England team is dropping like flies. Southgate will be forced to field a very inexperienced England side against Brazil.
Gareth Southgate’s line-up played well on Friday night to hold World Champions Germany to a 0-0 draw at Wembley. Two England debut players, Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both performed well in the game and will be likely to start against Brazil.
Brazil also played a friendly on Friday night. A strong Brazil side travelled to France to beat Japan 3-1, with goals from Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus.
Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is looking likely to feature for the Brazil side against England, as he recovers from injury and has re-joined training. Coutinho has missed the last three Liverpool games with an adductor injury, but his Brazilian doctor has said he could be fit to play against England.
England have never beaten Brazil in a competitive World Cup match, the last time the two sides faced competitively was in the 2002 World Cup which ended in a 2-1 win for Brazil.
England and Brazil have faced each other many times in international friendlies. Since 2000 the teams have met 5 times for friendlies, of these 5 matches 3 have ended in draws, Brazil won 1-0 in 2009 and England won 2-1 in 2013.
With an inexperienced England side coming up against a very talented Brazil team, the score may not go England’s way, but it will be a good test before the competitive games begin.
Predicted Result: England 1-3 Brazil