Soccer NewsTuesday 14th November 2017

England 0-0 Brazil: Player ratings see Joe Gomez outshine LFC teammate as Man Utd trio get 6s and 7s but Gabriel Jesus is poor

England 0-0 Brazil: Player ratings see Joe Gomez outshine LFC teammate as Man Utd trio get 6s and 7s but Gabriel Jesus is poor

Wembley witnessed its second 0-0 draw in five days as England held Brazil.

England set up deep in a 3-4-3 formation, although they spent much of the night in a back five as wing-backs Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand were drawn into defensive positions.

Much of the talk prematch was about Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but the Chelsea loanee was unable to back up his fine display against Germany as he limped off injured on 35 minutes.

Eric Dier captained England again and was a commanding presence in the centre of the park, breaking up the play and recycling possession in a tidy manner.

England only had a third of possession, which made for a busy night for their central defenders.

All three shone, but none brighter than Joe Gomez, who was the standout candidate for man of the match.

Gomez made an incredible eight interceptions, which is more than the rest of the England team combined.

He kept Neymar at bay, as well as Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho, who was withdrawn on 67 minutes.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was named man of the match after England and Brazil drew 0-0 at Wembley
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was named man of the match after England and Brazil drew at Wembley

Three Manchester United players were involved for England. Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard played 74 and 56 minutes respectively, but it was the 11-minute cameo of Ashley Young which was the most impressive.

Young contributed at both ends, making a fabulous tackle to prevent a goal for Brazil before sending in a superb cross which gave fellow sub Dominic Solanke a great chance to win the match late on.

Ashley Young (left) impressed as he made his first England appearance in four years
Ashley Young (left) impressed as he made his first England appearance in four years

Meanwhile, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus endured a frustrating 75-minute stint as he was was repeatedly caught offside with poorly-timed runs.

Casemiro was Brazil’s best player, producing a performance that balanced strength and skill.

England player ratings

Joe Hart 7.5, John Stones 7, Harry Maguire 7, Joe Gomez 8, Ryan Bertrand 6 (Ashley Young 7), Kyle Walker 6, Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 (Jesse Lingard 6), Marcus Rashford 6 (Tammy Abraham), Jamie Vardy 5 (Dominic Solanke 5)

Brazil player ratings

Alisson 6, Miranda 7, Marquinhos 7, Marcelo 7, Dani Alves 6, Casemiro 8, Renato Augusto 6 (Willian 6), Paulinho 7, Gabriel Jesus 5 (Roberto Firmino 5), Philippe Coutinho 6 (Fernandinho 6), Neymar 7

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