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England’s best and worst players in 1-0 Brazil defeat

Jude Bellingham

England headed into Saturday’s international friendly with Brazil as favourites against a Selecao side in relative disarray.

The South Americans have flitted between coaches since their 2022 World Cup exit, having been somewhat publicly embarrassed by Carlo Ancelotti’s rejection, but the Three Lions couldn’t assert themselves at Wembley and eventually fell to defeat when teenage prodigy Endrick poked home the winner late in the second half.

Many England players saw opportunities to impress go begging ahead of Euro 2024. But who actually made the most of it and who now need good performances against Belgium, the last international game before Gareth Southgate names his tournament squad, to boost their summer chances?

Here are England’s best and worst performers from the defeat to Brazil.

Jude Bellingham: 7/10

Jude Bellingham

Bellingham caught the eye / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

This guy really can do it all.

While Jude Bellingham has earned more of a reputation for goalscoring since joining Real Madrid, the 20-year-old is more than capable in all facets of midfield play.

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder wowed with some smart flicks and perfectly-weighted passes to set his attackers and full-backs free. It was just a shame most of his teammates failed to make good on a number of half-chances he created.

Bellingham likely would have got one of Brazil’s midfielders sent off in a competitive game, having been fouled five times, and will have some bruises to take care of before the next outing against Belgium in the coming days.

Anthony Gordon: 6/10

Anthony Gordon

Gordon provided flashes of his talent / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

In possibly the most high-profile setting possible to make his England debut, Newcastle winger Anthony Gordon did his chances of making the Euro 2024 squad no harm with a positive outing.

The former Everton youngster buzzed with confidence and never looked shy of taking on his opposition full-back, cutting inside and getting a few decent sights of goal without managing a firm contribution.

His direct and exciting approach will undoubtedly earn Gordon more chances at senior level, though he needed a few of his teammates like Ollie Watkins and Phil Foden to show more quality if England were to make the breakthrough against Brazil.

Ben Chilwell: 4/10

Ben Chilwell

Chilwell kept fluffing his lines / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

England’s wealth of talent at right-back is not mirrored on the opposite flank. With Luke Shaw out injured, Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell…

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