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Jordan Pickford played the full 90 minutes but Jarrad Branthwaite had to wait for his first  England cap as Gareth Southgate's side were beaten 1-0 by Brazil at Wembley tonight.

Branthwaite was named on the bench but Lewis Dunk and Joe Gomez were preferred as substitutes to the young Everton star while former Blue, Anthony Gordon, made his England debut. 

England were without a host of regulars, including Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson, Carl Palmer, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Jack Grealish, Luke Shaw and Kalvin Phillips, while Ben White did not want to be considered for selection.

On the other side, previous Goodison favourite Richarlison was not picked to lead the line for the Verde-Amarela and watched on from the bench.  

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England had only won four of their previous 26 games against Brazil, most recently a 2013 friendly and their last meeting was a goalless draw in November 2017.

This evening's edition of this fixture was heading the same way when the visitors narrowly beat the offside trap and Vinicius Junior was played in with just Pickford to beat but while the keeper came off his line and deflected the initial shot, the ball fell into the path of Endrick who knocked it in.

The 17-year-old had only been on the pitch for nine minutes but ended up claiming the winner.

Elsewhere, Seamus Coleman made his return to the Republic of Ireland team after a year out and played the whole game in a goalless draw with Belgium. Amadou Onana came on in the 64th minute for the Red Devils.

Earlier in the week, Vitalii Mykolenko and Ukraine took a step closer to Euro2024 qualification by beating Bosnia 2-1 in play-off group B and, in Under-21s action, Youssef Chermiti scored on his debut for Portugal at that level in a 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands. 


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 23/03/2024 at 18:39:08
Not bothered about the result. Just hope Jordan and Jarrad don't pick up any injuries.
Andrew Merrick
2 Posted 23/03/2024 at 19:01:03
Get Maguire off, haha!

I'd love to see Jarrad and Stones as a pair...

Paul Hewitt
3 Posted 23/03/2024 at 19:09:39
We don't want Jarrad coming on.
Paul Ferry
4 Posted 23/03/2024 at 19:20:39
It's also on CBS over here. I would have liked to see Richy starting, that will hurt, though he has been out for a little while. Shocking dive by Junior there and. he gets away with it. Midfield looks rattled. Foden lost that really easily. Stones complaining to the midfielders. And there's already activity on the bench.

If Jarrard wants to come on, then I hope he comes on. Perhaps for the second half.

Charles Brewer
5 Posted 23/03/2024 at 19:44:36
Depressing to see what we lost in Gordon.
Edward Rogers
6 Posted 23/03/2024 at 19:46:54
Gordon playing well, but it's all Newcastle this, Newcastle that, it's like he never ever played for anyone else.
Charles Brewer
7 Posted 23/03/2024 at 19:48:24
Chilwell shoots like Gana
Jeff Armstrong
9 Posted 23/03/2024 at 19:59:31
Chilwell and Maguire both been crap, Bellingham is class, Branthwaite for Maguire second half alongside Stones, virtually an Everton side v Brazil with Pickford, Stones, Branthwaite and Gordon on the pitch, oh and let’s have our favourite Brazilian on for them,

… go ‘ed, Richie lad.

Brian Williams
10 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:05:14
Nice to see Richarlison and Gordon embrace there. 💙
Paul Ferry
11 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:07:11
It was, Brian, but then he goes and spoils it all again by clapping the Brazillian lads onto the pitch.

Germany score after seven seconds.

Jeff Armstrong
12 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:17:17
Connor Gallagher is a decent club player for a mid table premier league team, but he isn't international class, not by a long way.

Must be really windy at Wembley tonight, those paper planes making the half way line!

Wind at Bramley Moore last night was ridiculous, I know its March but the wind could be a big factor down there at the new ground.

Paul Ferry
13 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:18:54
Nor is Watkins, Jeff.
Jeff Armstrong
14 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:24:26
I do rate Watkins, PF, but you're correct, not a top international player.

Beyond Kane, were not well off up front, last one tried before Watkins was Calvert-Lewin, and he now seems miles away from England.

Brian Williams
15 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:26:10
Wind last night throughout Merseyside was ridiculous.

Don't be a fanny Jeff it's wind ffs. 🤣

You'll be telling us next BMD was an old Apache burial ground and we're all dooooomed!

Jeff Armstrong
16 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:26:37
Dunk before Jarrad, Southgate you knob, hope you get the Liverpool job.
Paul Ferry
17 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:27:46
Southgate should probably bring on Toney for Watkins, there's 25 minutes to go.

Agree Jeff, Watkins has been in my FPL team all season long.

Jeff Armstrong
18 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:28:20
Yes, Brian, wind — some people are full of it. 😂😂
Brian Williams
19 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:29:00
Jeff #16.

Agree with you there mind, 100%.

Brian Williams
20 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:30:08
But if he doesn't play, he can't get injured. 😉
Paul Ferry
21 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:30:18
Blows the ball about though, Brian. Actually, perched on the edge and enclosed stadium it might not be too bad.

Can't believe that Watkins was left on.

Brian Williams
22 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:31:42
Paul #21.

Exactly mate. Can't see it being much of a factor within the stadium tbh.

Paul Ferry
23 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:32:00
Here's the 17-year-old wonderkid.
Edward Rogers
24 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:33:04
Jarrad v Romelu on Tuesday?
Paul Ferry
25 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:33:37
We've got a decent 17-year-old who scores goals for fun, Mr Dyche.
Jeff Armstrong
26 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:37:07
4 sided stadiums not always wind resistant, remember Tim Howard v Bolton I think it was, that was 3 miles north of the sea front.
Paul Ferry
27 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:37:12
I hope for the gaffer's sake that Watkins scores in this last 15, or the journos might have a go at his subs.
Jeff Armstrong
28 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:39:30
Dyche wouldn't play a 17-year-old Rooney, Owen or Pele when he's got Beto, Calvert-Lewin, Chermiti and Dobbin in his squad ahead of them!
Paul Ferry
29 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:39:35
The Old Lady has two big gaps though, Jeff, might have helped Tim, it was Bolton mate.


Brian Williams
30 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:41:36
Have to say this is the most techically proficient England squad ever.

We've always lacked technical ability IMO but with the likes of Foden, Bellingham et al, the gap has closed considerably between us and other countries.

Paul Ferry
31 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:42:02
Are you watching Mr Dyche.
Jeff Armstrong
32 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:42:51
17-year-old scores, are you watching, Mr Dyche?
Brian Williams
33 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:43:30
Jeff #28,

And yet he plays Branthwaite ahead of his so-called favourite Keane.

It seems you're on another of your negative streaks, Jeff.

Paul Ferry
34 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:47:08
Southgate's subs have had little impact. Brazil have lost 5 of their last 9 matches.
Jeff Armstrong
35 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:48:34
Brian# 33, who said Keane was a Dyche favourite?

Paul Ferry
36 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:50:14
The Keane ship has long since sailed, Brian, mate.
Mike Doyle
37 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:50:51
Good experience for Phil Foden tonight – experiencing what it's like to play in a team that's inferior to your club side.
Paul Ferry
38 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:52:38
This ain't going to help with the "Southgate is stale, dull, and predictable" brigade.
Paul Ferry
39 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:54:33
Where would this England team in added time finish in the Premier League? 4th/5th?
Paul Ferry
40 Posted 23/03/2024 at 20:56:25
Brilliant from Pickford!
Jeff Armstrong
41 Posted 23/03/2024 at 21:00:13
Why the fuck do the players cover their gobs when talking to their mates? Imagine doing that in the pub or at work, everyone would presume you've got a dental or halitosis issue!
“Pig on the shoulder mate?”
Paul Ferry
42 Posted 23/03/2024 at 21:05:15
Coz they're saying the gaffer is a dickhead, Jeff?

Do the clocks go forwards over there tonight?

Mike Doyle
43 Posted 23/03/2024 at 21:11:49
Next weekend, Paul.
Paul Ferry
44 Posted 23/03/2024 at 21:13:26
Thanks, Mike.
Ed Prytherch
45 Posted 23/03/2024 at 21:15:38
Bellingham was our best player with Foden, Gordon, Pickford and Rice also good. Chilwell was dreadful, Gallagher not much better, and Dunk is simply not a footballer.

I was hoping for Watkins but he never got into the game. Bowen is probably the best back-up for Kane.

Mark Murphy
46 Posted 23/03/2024 at 21:18:48
First time I've watched an England game in years and only then because I'm trying to placate my angry 24-year-old son.

What a load of boring old shite!

Paul Ferry
47 Posted 23/03/2024 at 21:26:19
Agree Ed, what the feck are Chilwell and Dunk doing anywhere near the squad, but Bowen is not a replacement for our 'arry, he likes to play out wide if invited.

What did you do wrong, Mark? He didn't find the wine stash again, did he?

Mark Murphy
48 Posted 23/03/2024 at 21:38:29
No, Paul – he's just naturally angry. It's his default setting.
I think it's something to do with I'm his dad therefore whatever I say or do is fucking annoying.

I hoped he'd grow out of it from 17-ish but no – he still thinks I'm a cunt!!

Paul Ferry
49 Posted 23/03/2024 at 21:44:27
That's the sort of thing you do from like 13-17 Mark.
Peter Boersema
50 Posted 24/03/2024 at 04:01:26
...Carl Palmer?
Danny O’Neill
51 Posted 24/03/2024 at 06:25:11
In the absence of Everton, I watched it.

A very dull affair.

I don't see the point in these pointless friendlies. The players just go through the motions and don't want to risk injury. Understandably.

Not that I show much interest in England, would it not be a better to reinstate the previous home championship competition? At least that was competitive.

That said, the young 17 year old goal scorer Endrick looked good. It won't be long before he is snapped up.

Harry Maguire reaffirmed my view that he his an expensive Michael Keane. I hope United stick with him and aren't looking down the East Lancs Road with an eye on Branthwaite.

On the England team, a very lethargic performance, which I can understand. I thought our Jordan done well.

Meanwhile, on more serious matters, the "March of the Day" for Stephen Darby ends at Anfield today with a stop at Goodison on the way.

Credit to the volunteers campaigning to gain research into that horrible disease.

Get down to Goodison Park, cheer them on and donate.

Don Wright
52 Posted 24/03/2024 at 08:27:01

Real Madrid have already signed him up.

Danny O’Neill
53 Posted 24/03/2024 at 08:37:55
No surprise Don.

Excuse the pun, but Don Carlo knows a player or two.

It might have escaped many, but a nice moment when Richarlison and Gordon met on the pitch.

Regardless of where they are now, Everton must mean a lot to them.

Maybe not as much as they do to me, but they've been touched.

There is no going back. It is for life, not just Christmas!!!

Don Wright
54 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:00:14

I don't watch England play any more. I am as patriotic as the next man but I would rather watch Army v Navy Rugby as you say. I loved the Six Nations – the players seem to play with more passion.

Of course, that was before the influx of foreign players to the Premier League. I think every player knew each other and it meant more to win and get one over the neighbours.

Danny O’Neill
55 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:16:51
Haha, Don.

The Army - Navy is a day out. I doubt many of those in attendance can recall the game!!! It's more of a social occasion and reunion.

Mike Doyle
56 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:19:08
At the risk of sounding like an old git, international football was a far more interesting watch back in the days when the opposition were usually an unknown quantity. I recall the 1982 World Cup when the excellent Brazil of Socrates turned up (after being pretty poor since 1970).

These days, virtually all players seem to play in the main European leagues, so the element of surprise has gone.

I agree with Danny that these friendly matches are pointless as the players don't want to risk injury.

Rob Halligan
57 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:27:59
Don # 52…

”Real Madrid have already signed him up”

Really, how much did they pay for him, and also, how have they managed to “sign him up”, seeing as he only signed a new 4-year contract last year, so he wasn't even into the last 6 months of his contract in January just gone, when he could have talked to any foreign club and signed a pre-contract agreement.

I've a mate who lives up in Cumbria and is a very close friend of Jarrad Branthwaite's dad, and as far as he is aware, no agreement or contract has been signed.

Of course, what you really meant to say was that Jarrad Branthwaite will no doubt join Real Madrid in the future, as I'm sure most of us have no doubt, but at the moment he is still very much an Everton player.

Charles Ward
58 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:31:02
Mike, going back to the sixties, Pele only played in Brazil except for International appearances but at least Eusebio played in Europe.

You could only see great foreign players on edited highlights of English teams playing in Europe with someone like dirty Leeds kicking lumps out of technically gifted South American and Eastern European players. And the commentary often sounded like it was coming from a bathroom.

And to dispel the mystery of Brazilian players, a couple of seasons ago, they could have fielded a team playing in the Premier League, with a world class goalkeeper on the bench.

Don Wright
59 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:31:59

I didn't say that he starts next week; he becomes a Real Madrid player at the end of his current contract, thus fending off other suiters.

Oh and, by the way, Danny was talking about Endrick.

Don Wright
60 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:36:17
Sad thing is, Danny, not many people know what the Babcock trophy is.
Rob Halligan
61 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:42:18
Don, so in four years time he will start playing for Real Madrid? Great, we've got him for another four years!!

Where have you read this rubbish, Don, because as I said, neither my mate up in Cumbria, nor Branthwaite's dad, are aware of any agreement with Real Madrid.

Oooops, apologies Don, I thought you were talking about Jarrad Branthwaite!

Don Wright
62 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:47:32

Me and Danny were talking about the 17-year-old Brazilian, Endrick – not Branthwaite.

Danny O’Neill
63 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:49:01
He's our player for now, Rob. Let's enjoy him as he is a pleasure to watch. You and I know it as we watch him most weeks.

Don, it's a great day out. I rarely go into the stadium and just meet up with mates. I don't understand Rugby anyway!

Sadly it conflicts with Luton away this year. Everton always take priority.

Rob Halligan
64 Posted 24/03/2024 at 09:57:33
Yes, Don, I can see that now. When Danny wrote the following paragraph in his post # 51, I thought you were talking about Branthwaite signing for Madrid.

“Harry Maguire reaffirmed my view that he his an expensive Michael Keane. I hope United stick with him and aren't looking down the East Lancs Road with an eye on Branthwaite.“

You can see where the confusion has come from!

Don Wright
65 Posted 24/03/2024 at 10:21:32
No problem, Rob – confusion surrounds Everton at the moment!
Tony Abrahams
66 Posted 24/03/2024 at 10:28:16
Very good point, Mike @56.

The tournament in 1982 was probably my favorite World Cup; that game when Paulo Rossi suddenly came alive to stun the great Brazilians is a game I've never forgotten.

Tony Abrahams
67 Posted 24/03/2024 at 10:40:21
I've just watched the highlights of that game and realised I should have written the great Brazilians but with the absolutely dreadful Serginiho leading the line.

I'm gonna watch the highlights of the semifinal between France and West Germany now because, if my memory is correct, then that was another unbelievable game of football, in the same tournament

Mike Doyle
68 Posted 24/03/2024 at 10:40:35
Charles @58,

I certainly agree with you about dirty Leeds. As I recall, in the '70s and early '80s, the only time you might see a top international player was if a British team happened to draw them in Europe (and even then you only got brief highlights).

Danny O’Neill
69 Posted 24/03/2024 at 10:49:33
I think the best international match I watched was when Germany battered Brazil 7 - 1 on their home turf. That was a great German team.

I wrote about under-rated Everton players recently. But on the international scale, I give you Toni Kroos.

Tony Abrahams
70 Posted 24/03/2024 at 11:00:31
I think it was way too one-sided for it to ever be considered a great match, Danny, but that won't stop it being the greatest performance,you have ever witnessed by an international team!

The team v The team of individuals = There is only going to be one winner and full marks to Germany because they have always produced “great teams”.

I didn't realize how good the Italians were in 1982 until I watched their games again when I was a few years older. This was perhaps because they struggled very badly in their group games,(every single game being a draw, if my memory is correct) and then kicked fuck out of a very young Diego Maradona in the first of their second-round group games.

But the Italians also played for the team and, like the Germans, they have got a knack of keeping the ball away from their opponents with excellent movement.

That picture of Marco Tardelli running away screaming after scoring in the World Cup Final is still one of my favorite ever sporting moments. What a player!

In sport and in life, nothing compares to that moment. In his own words!!

Charles Ward
71 Posted 24/03/2024 at 11:08:01

The worst highlights visibility-wise was that fog in Amsterdam when a young Cruyff orchestrated a 5-1 demolition of Liverpool.

Danny O’Neill
72 Posted 24/03/2024 at 11:16:57
Movement and creating space, Tony.

One of my most favourite players was Pirlo. He was only 5ft-10in and didn't rely on pace or power.

Having a very intelligent football brain, he could read the game, which allowed him to play at the highest level until he was nearly 40. He's still coaching.

I'm probably getting carried away, but get him on the Finch Farm dialling list?!!!

Tony Abrahams
73 Posted 24/03/2024 at 11:37:05
Little Stephen Pienaar, for me, Danny, and to borrow some words out of a song written for his compatriot Stephen Biko, then you can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire, and once the flames begins to blow, the wind will blow it higher!
Jack Convery
74 Posted 25/03/2024 at 15:40:39
So Jeff Stelling thinks £45m will be the price for Branthwaite. How ridiculous. £45m might buy you a lock of his hair but if you want the rest of him, the bidding starts at £100m and don't forget the add-on either.

The cheek - £45m, I ask you.

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