LIVE: England vs Brazil

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5′ Brazil patiently pass the ball around deep inside the England half of the pitch before Neymar picks up possession just outside of the box. He twists and turns as he tries to get a shot away, but he’s closed down well by Eric Dier and isn’t able to do so.

3′ The game gets underway once again with a Brazil attack over on the left wing. The visitors lose out to Kyle Walker and allow Vardy to counter-attack quickly, but the striker can’t pick out Marcus Rashford inside the penalty area with his curling cross.

2′ There’s an early worry for Brazil, as Dani Alves has gone down holding his knee after being caught by Jamie Vardy as they battled for a bouncing ball. The captain looks to be in serious discomfort, but he should be able to continue after a few moments.

1′ We’re off! England get us underway, attacking from right to left.

The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.

Meanwhile, Brazil boss Tite has made six alterations to the team that featured in their last outing, with Danilo, Thiago Silva, Jemerson, Giuliano, Fernandinho and Willian making way for Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Joao Miranda, Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Philippe Coutinho.

Gareth Southgate has decided to make five changes to the England side that started against Germany, with Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Joe Gomez, Ryan Bertrand and Marcus Rashford coming into the starting line-up to replace Jordan Pickford, Kieran Trippier, Phil Jones, Danny Rose and Tammy Abraham, respectively.

Brazil substitutes: Cassio, Ederson, Jemerson, Sandro, Silva, Danilo, Costa, Fernandinho, Giuliano, Willian, Diego, Taison, Souza, Firmino.

Brazil XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Augusto; Neymar, Jesus, Coutinho.

England substitutes: Pickford, Gunn, Trippier, Rose, Cahill, Keane, Cork, Young, Cook, Lingard, Abraham, Solanke.

England XI (3-5-2): Hart; Walker, Gomez, Stones, Maguire, Bertrand; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Vardy, Rashford.

There’s just under 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…

It’s now almost four and a half years since these two sides last met one another, with that friendly at the Maracana ending in a draw thanks to a late Paulinho equaliser. England were last victorious against Brazil on this very ground back in February 2013, and the win that night brought an end to an eight-game winless run in which their opponents tonight picked up four victories.

After the unpopular and unsuccessful Dunga made way last June, Brazil ran riot in their World Cup qualifying group and became the first side – bar hosts Russia – to book their place in the tournament. They’re once again playing with flair and fluidity, but Tite has brought in much-needed defensive solidity. Japan were the latest side to fall to the Selecao, who will be looking to continue their winning run here tonight.

Brazil looked to be in something of a crisis when they were knocked out in the group stages of the Copa America not long after the 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany in their home World Cup, but they’re now back at their best thanks to Tite. The Selecao manager has got his side firing on all cylinders, and they head into tonight’s clash having lost just one of their last 16 games.

England qualified for next summer’s tournament comfortably enough and avoided losing any of their 10 games, but they also failed to dazzle during that period. That has continued to be the case under Gareth Southgate, but the Three Lions boss will no doubt have been pleased with what he saw on Friday evening. Another positive display tonight would ensure England are able to end 2017 on a high.

England head into tonight’s game feeling uncharacteristically confident. A young and relatively untested side impressed in a goalless draw against reigning world champions Germany four days ago, giving fans reasons to be hopeful heading into next year’s World Cup in Russia. However, it remains to be seen whether they can pull off a similar performance against a revitalised and hungry Brazil team.

Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s international friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley.

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