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Neymar can lead Brazil to World Cup glory, says Roberto Carlos

15 Noviembre 2017

Serving as a rehearsal for the 1996 European Championship, the Umbro Cup pitted hosts England against world champions Brazil, Sweden and Japan.

England coach Gareth Southgate appreciates the penalty-shootout woes of his national team as well as anyone, and he's trying to do something about it before next year's World Cup. Southgate urged his Young Lions to not be daunted when facing a star-studded attack - Gomez certainly rose to the occasion.

Toothless Brazil flattered to deceive as the five-times world champions were held to frustrating 0-0 draw by a makeshift England side in a disappointing friendly at Wembley on Tuesday.

England manager Walter Winterbottom, without his Manchester United players following the Munich air crash, decided to leave out leading forwards Nat Lofthouse and Stanley Matthews for the group clash with Brazil.

"We faced difficulties, but that is good for us", Neymar said.

Jordan Pickford, Joe Gomez and man-of-the-match Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed their boss on a night when the youngsters showed more in one match "than you might see in many more games from other players". And it's Coutinho who almost sneaks in an opener for the visitors, but his low strike is saved well by Hart. "It was a match with high ball possession and we knew we were playing a team that would be more defensive than the others". "We have played two of the best teams in the world, we didn't win, but we didn't lose".

"He is a great person too, I am in touch with him regularly and I am also convinced he will have an outstanding World Cup".

Earlier, the AFA confirmed that Aguero "had a blackout and was taken (to hospital) so routine examinations were made only as a precaution".

Carlos, who spent a single season at Inter Milan in 1995-96 before moving to Real where he won four La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies, said Italy needed to "start from scratch" after failing to qualify for the World Cup.

"Tonight we looked anxious with the ball", Southgate said, "and I think that is a consequence of the threat from Brazil".

"I thought the defensive back line were phenomenal", the West Ham goalkeeper told ITV Sport.

Neymar can lead Brazil to World Cup glory, says Roberto Carlos