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Gareth Southgate single-minded about England's World Cup future

England could stage mock penalty shootout before packed Wembley Gareth Southgate single-minded about England's World Cup future
Alejandro Castrejon | Noviembre 15, 2017, 04:05

An uninspiring affair against Brazil on Tuesday evening will have made for pleasant viewing for England head coach Gareth Southgate, who watched his side quell the visiting trio of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho.

With this in mind, Southgate said ahead of the friendly with Brazil that he was considering giving his players the opportunity to practise spot-kicks in a pressurised environment, in a bid to mimic the conditions they might face next summer.

Neymar made a world record breaking £200m transfer from Barcelona to Ligue 1 giants, PSG in August and Southgate believes he is the one player who can demand that price tag.

England earned a 0-0 draw in Friday's game against Germany.

"These young players have also had experience of winning youth tournaments, playing high level matches and challenges to get to where they are in their path".

Due to Nathaniel Clyne's injury Gomez has found himself with several opportunities for Liverpool this season.

Graeme Le Saux's brilliant volley from distance gave the hosts the lead but precocious teenager Ronaldo scored his first international goal to inspire Brazil to victory.

England's solidity in defence - When you see Neymar, Jesus and Coutinho in the opposition's line-up, you do not expect a quiet night.

"I thought the defensive backline were phenomenal", Hart told ITV.

Having beaten Argentina in the group stages to secure qualification at their old foes' expense, England breezed past Denmark in the first knockout round to book a quarter-final against Brazil. It wasn't pretty viewing, but you would take a 0-0 if it were the World Cup finals, even if that does mean penalties...

England has lost six of seven penalty shootouts since 1990 at either a World Cup or a European Championship.

The best chances for Brazil came from a long-range strike from Fernandinho shaved the post, while keeper Joe Hart saved from Paulinho.

Brazil cruised through South American qualifying to reach next year's World Cup, and had won 13 of their 16 matches since Tite took over, but rarely tested Joe Hart, who became the first England goalie to keep a clean sheet against them since 1990.