Southgate draws positives after gutsy display in Brazil stalemate

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The young defender made his first appearance for England as a substitute in England's last game against Germany, when he replaced Manchester United's Phil Jones in the 25th minute.

Although the England boss made clear that this was something he had yet to fully think through, interestingly, he hinted that this could be done following one of the games England play from now to the World Cup finals.

"In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, [that performance] is up there with anything I've been involved in", Southgate said.

"It is a base to work from". I am incredibly proud of what the players have done.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez is set to be handed his first ever start for England's senior side against Brazil on Tuesday night, according to a report.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart, back in the team after Jordan Pickford played against Germany, also praised the players in front of him as Brazil drew a blank.

Brazil, who cruised through their South American qualifying campaign to reach next year's World Cup, hardly threatened in the first half with their best chance coming late on when Fernandinho grazed the post.

"As much as they had, I thought the back-line were absolutely phenomenal". "Joe (Gomez) played against one of the best players in the world (Neymar) and was excellent".

Their last two major tournament appearances have seen them on the plane home before the quarter finals, but Gareth Southgate is already thinking about how his side might negotiate the knock-out stages of the World Cup, should they make it that far. "We didn't win, but we didn't lose".

"We are happy with the clean sheet, it was a team effort". The other night we showed really good qualities with the ball, and some defensive prowess.

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