Phil Jones Out Of England's Friendly With Brazil

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Alisson thrust himself at the striker's feet to ensure he could not recover the situation but that would have been a reward too far for a team who have at least proved their mettle in the run-up to next year's big test.

"The defensive performance tonight and the spirit collectively and some individual defensive performances were outstanding", he said.

'But I'm satisfied with our game. He looked really mature, he controlled the line, he's taken pride in his defending as well as being good in possession.

March friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy will allow Southgate to address those issues, but for now it's time to celebrate the mundanity that is holding Brazil to a 0-0 draw.

On Friday night Dier lined up in midfield alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who produced an eye-catching display on his debut.

His experience was a microcosm of the whole. There have been too many England teams in the past that have evaded tormentors by simply blatting the ball upfield to temporary safety.

Solanke made his introduction in the 73rd minute and had the chance to mark the occasion with a dramatic winner from Young's cross in the closing stages.

The magic does not always come off. But such is the confidence and belief that attaches to the yellow shirt, mistakes do not evince anguish or embarrassment, simply a shrug of the shoulders and off they go again.

The issues would appear to stem from the midfield sector where a capable - but all too workmanlike - trio of Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Casemiro operate.

His hospital visit proved to be a short one, as he was soon reunited with the Argentina squad. Today we played against a very strong squad, tactically, technically and physically.

And boy did they fizz the ball about, aided to a degree by callow, accommodating hosts.

Fellow centre-backs Harry Maguire and John Stones, 24 and 23 respectively, also impressed at the back - and Cundy believes it leaves Gareth Southgate with little choice but to ditch the old guard from his 2018 World Cup plans. Twenty-one touches in 74 minutes is not what a pest like Vardy sees as a good night's work, and he averaged less than one completed pass every ten minutes. "We took some brave decisions and, goodness me, the young players have rewarded me with some top performances".