KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- Always an occasion when Brazil come to town and the latest visit to Wembley did not disappoint. Above all, The brilliantly precocious 17-year-old Endrick wrote another page in his remarkable story by appearing as a substitute and striking the lone 80th-minute winning goal.

Brazil were thrilled They had arrived in straightened circumstances with a new coach in Dorival Junior, various injuries and a dismal start to World Cup qualifying behind them. Suddenly the post-Neymar era looks anything but bleak.

England had their injury issues, notably in the absence of captain Harry Kane who would have enjoyed nothing better than to add to his record tally against the record five-times world champions. The three lions missed his leadership in a fragmented display in which few of the regulars or reserves did anything to enhance their international reputations.

England now have only Tuesday’s friendly at home to Belgium before manager Gareth Southgate names his 23-man squad for Germany.

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England controlled the early play in the 27th meeting of the nations but had only lone fleeting chance for Ollie Watkins, Kane’s deputy, to show for it. The Aston Villa striker, under pressure, shot over the bar.

Brazil, with less possession but more deftness on the ball, opened up England more effectively and ominously. Vinicius Junior was badly wasteful early on after being sent clear through the middle. The Real Madrid man’s shot was only half-hearted and Kyle Walker scuttled back to clear off the line.

This was the last contribution from England’s captain who strained a muscle in the defensive dash and was substituted by Esri Konsa. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola may have cause to worry, with the upcoming Arsenal clash in mind.

England continued to enjoy more possession but Brazil’s nimble skills posed a greater danger on the break. Lucas Paqueta shot against a post in the 34th minute then Raphinha missed carelessly after stealing the ball off Harry Maguire. Raphinha held his head in his hands in disappointment.

A more aggressive approach marked England’s opening to the second half but Bento was not troubled by a Maguire header and then saved comfortably from Antony Gordon.

England manager Gareth Southgate made a triple save in the 66th minute with Jude Bellingham, Ben Chilwell and Maguire all replaced. Bellingham might usefully have used his time back on the bench to think seriously about how to cope with the persistent, niggling fouling inflicted by Brazil and which will surely be repeated in the Euro finals.

Substitutes came and went on both sides with a result which was disastrous for England and delightful for Brazil. In the 80th minute a miscued header from newly-arrived Lewis Dunk allowed Vinicius to arrow in on goal. His shot was parried by Jordan Pickford but the ball merely popped up for Endrick to volley home.

The Palmeiras forward, shortly bound for Real Madrid for £60m, thus became the youngest player to score at Wembley for club or country.

Endrick missed the opportunity for a second goal with virtually the last kick of the game. In mattered not. Brazil had delivered England’s first defeat in 20 matches at Wembley and their first since the World Cup quarter-final failure against France in Qatar in December 2022. They could have had no complaints.

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