KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: England manager Gareth Southgate found positives all over the pitch for injury-weakened England in the 1-0 Wembley defeat by Brazil.

The friendly was decided by a moment of opportunism from 17-year-old substitute Endrick whose close-range volleyed condemned England to their first defeat since the World Cup exit against France in December 2022.

Southgate said: “I never like losing matches but their goal was one moment and we saw some excellent performances from our young players.

“At this level you will always have moments when your goalkeeper will have to make a save or you need an outstanding block but we also had those moments at the other end. If it had finished in a draw no-one could have complained. The midfield did really well; Declan Rice was outstanding with and without the ball, showed the next step he has gone to. He looked totally at home in that environment.

“For us it was a good experiment, a high level game and brilliant experience for the players building towards the summer. I’m not disappointed with the level of performance.”