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Southgate speaks about Neymar's worth — England vs Brazil

Southgate speaks about Neymar's worth — England vs Brazil”

At PSG, he is the benchmark.

Gareth Southgate believes England now have a "base to work from" after recording back-to-back clean sheets against Germany and Brazil at Wembley Stadium.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was making his first start and particularly impressed.

England could even have grabbed victory in the closing stages but substitute Dominic Solanke failed to mark his international bow with a late winner, prodding his close-range attempt at advancing goalkeeper Alisson.

Not that the forward, who cost Paris Saint-Germain 222 million euros ($260 million in August), was too dispirited.

Marcus Rashford has made 14 appearances for England.

"It's something that we are considering, how we prepare best for penalty shootouts", Southgate said.

More will be learned in games like this where Tite has got to find a better balance. "It was a match of overlapping, quick passes, moving around".

"Angus Gunn has worked with the under-21s with us, he's playing in the league".

"It's special for me - it's a great honour to play for England at this level. We did not give them any chances", Neymar said.

85' - SAVE! Flowing Brazil move and it's a terrific touch from Paulinho to carry it into the area, but Hart stands tall and sees the Barcelona midfielder's effort cannon off his chest and out for a corner.

"The team has been reorganised since the debacle against Germany and we also have a new coach in Tite, hence I am confident the situation has vastly improved", he told a news conference in Serbia's capital. And we've come away with a really creditable result.

In a friendly of few chances in front of 84,595 fans, the closest England and Brazil came to breaking the deadlock came in the final 15 minutes.

Joe Gomez produced a man-of-the-match display on his full debut as Brazil struggled to break down a home side that once again lined up in a 3-5-2 system.

"As much as they had, I thought the back-line were absolutely phenomenal". It was a really good trip for people like Jordan, Joe, Tammy [Abraham], Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] and even Dom [Solanke] coming on at the end.

It is believed that Neymar could cost the Spaniards about €400 million (R6.6 billion), but president Florentino Perez apparently feels letting these two players go the other way could minimise costs. "This will help in preparations".

Ronaldinho broke English hearts in Shizuoka as David Seaman's error sent Sven Goran Eriksson's team crashing out of the tournament.

But at least both sides have qualified for Russia next year, unlike four-time champion Italy. They're a settled team and an outstanding team and it will take some team to stop them next summer.



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