Southgate sees reasons for optimism

15 November 2017 03:24:56 EST

Gareth Southgate was pleased with his England side's gutsy display as they held Brazil to a goalless draw at Wembley.

A young England team frustrated a full-strength Brazilian line-up just four days after holding world champions Germany to a stalemate in another international friendly.

Joe Gomez was outstanding for England but Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who had played so well against the Germans, had to be substituted in the first half after sustaining what appeared to be a back injury.

After Dominic Solanke had almost grabbed a last-gasp winner for England, Southgate said: "We had the best defensive record in Europe in qualifying, now we've played the best two teams in the world and kept two clean sheets. That gives us something to build on.

"We know we need to be better with the ball - I thought we were a bit anxious with it - but even then when you dig in, you get half chances at the end that could win you the game. It's a base to work from.

"We showed resilience, guts and some really outstanding defending against a top, top team. I'm incredibly proud of what the team has done."

England are 16/1 to win the 2018 World Cup outright, while Brazil can be backed at 5/1, Germany at 9/2 and France at 11/2.

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