The squad is England’s adversary on Tuesday, November 14, in the second match of the friendly doubles match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The match will be held at the traditional Wembley stadium in London, from 6 pm (Brasília time).
England’s recent performance
The scenario was the same as the friendly between English and German held on Friday, November 10. The game ended without moving the scoreboard and once again generated criticism of the somewhat brash style adopted by coach Gary Southgate.
With possession of the ball 45% of the time and tried to finish in nine chances, the English managed to send just one ball in the right direction. Although it was the clearest goal opportunity of the match, the offensive production was considered very low.
The same problem happened throughout the qualifying competition. Although the English reached the first place of their key without major problems, the 18 goals scored in ten matches made their attack the second worst in comparison with the nine selections that guaranteed a direct place for the Russian World Cup.
To make matters worse, England’s highest hopes of goal, Tottenham’s scorer Harry Kane, injured, did not play the friendly against the Germans and will not be able to face Brazil.
For the start, Southgate has the following athletes available:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham United), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton);
Defender: Ryan Bertrand of Southampton, Gary Cahill of Chelsea, Phil Jones of Manchester United, Harry Maguire of Leicester City, John Stones of Manchester City, Kyle Walker of Manchester City, Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur, Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
Socks: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace);
Attackers: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Tammy Abraham (Swansea), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
The current form of Brazil
The first friendly of the selection in this double journey also was not of the most exciting. In the French city of Lille, the team defeated without any difficulties the selection of Japan. It scored 3 to 1. In practice, played only part time.
With a team closer to home base, Brazil dominated the opening 45 minutes, when they scored three goals and had a penalty shoot-out for Neymar. In the second half, Tite made many changes in the team, which produced much less and was still leaked by the fragile Japanese attack.
In front of England, it is very likely that the trainer leaves the experiences aside or, even if they resort to the tests, do it in smaller numbers. After all, it defends an invincibility of six matches. It was four wins and two draws after the 1-0 friendly defeat to Argentina in June in Australia.
Who should return to the team is the half Philipe Coutinho. In the process of recovering from injury, the Liverpool midfielder did not face the Japanese. Holder in the vast majority of games since Tite took command, the player must resume his position on Tuesday. Giuliano and William are the biggest candidates to lose the spot. Maybe even both since Douglas Costa is another who can win opportunity among the starters.
Another who has not participated in the duel against the Japanese by injury and will most likely be released for the match against England is Flamengo’s half Diego. In this case, however, the player should not be listed among the holders. For the confrontation Tite has the following athletes available:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City) and Cassio (Corinthians);
Defenders: Alex Sandro (Juventus), Daniel Alves (PSG), Danilo (City), Jemerson (Monaco), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan) and Thiago Silva (PSG);
Socks: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Diego (Flamengo), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Fenerbahce), Paulinho (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) and Willian (Chelsea);
Attackers: Diego Souza (Sport), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG) and Taison (Shakhtar).
History of the matches England vs Brazil
Brazil has 11 victories in 25 matches against England throughout history. The draws were ten and the English successes only four. The most recent clash happened in 2013. The friendly came in a 2-2 draw.
The two teams had an exchange of coaches throughout the qualifiers. In Brazil, the change produced better results with the team, significantly improving its performance and results with Tite. That’s why the Brazilian team is the best guessing option for the friendly even in London. It has a price of 1.72 in Bet365. Draw returns 3.75 and English success yields 4.50 for 1.