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Published 23 March 2024 2 min read
England Men's Senior Team

Gareth Southgate picks out the positives from Brazil defeat

Written by:

Charlie Bennett

Three Lions boss says he was was pleased with performance, despite his side's defeat against Brazil


England manager Gareth Southgate saw plenty of positives from his team in their game with Brazil, despite suffering a narrow defeat at Wembley.

It took a late goal from second-half substitute Endrick to settle the result, but the Three Lions boss was more interested in focusing on elements of his side’s display.

And with a number of debuts and opportunities for players in his squad with less caps, Southgate believes he learned more as this summer’s European Championship draws another game closer.

“There were lots of very good performances,” he said.

“It was a top-level game, we controlled long parts of it and had as many attempts on goal as them.

“It’s a classic game against a South American team. In a [competitive game] there might have been more cards given.

Southgate was impressed by the performance of Anthony Gordon on his senior England debut
Southgate was impressed by the performance of Anthony Gordon on his senior England debut

“We knew to expect that and we played from the back really well. I’m not unhappy with a lot about the performance.
“In the end it’s that ruthless moment that decides the game, but there were some important individual performances for us. 

“Anthony [Gordon] was excellent, in both sides of his game. Ben Chilwell was very good, he was aggressive in his defending and he gave us width. We have to manage him carefully because he’s been out for a while.”

Southgate also revealed after the game that captain Harry Kane will return to Bayern Munich for further assessment on an injury which he reported to camp with, after being ruled out of both this game and next Tuesday’s match with Belgium.

And after stand-in skipper Kyle Walker came off in the first half, Southgate says the Manchester City defender will be assessed too.

“Kyle felt something, but we don’t know yet how serious it is. 

“He’s a player who hasn’t been injured very often so he’s not quite sure what it is. We’ll assess it over the next few days.”

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