Joe Hart, Ronaldinho.

Joe Hart made a spectacular double save from Ronaldinho during England v Brazil in 2013

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England and Brazil collide at Wembley on Tuesday night with both teams looking to fine tune their preparation for the World Cup finals in 2018.

The home side are extremely under strength following a number of players dropping out, with Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Dele Alli just a few names that could not join up with the squad.

However, despite the lack of experience at Gareth Southgate's disposal, England's young XI managed to hold world champions Germany to a goalless draw on Friday night.

And Southgate is set to stick with a similar XI tonight, with players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Harry Maguire both expected to continue in the starting line-up.

With Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Coutinho expected to feature in an extremely talented Brazil team, it is sure to be another massive test for a young and inexperienced England side.


Southgate is wary of Brazil's threat, and before the game he sang their praises by claiming they were the best team in the world.

The England manager said: "This Brazilian team are well down the road in terms of knowing what their best team is.

"They have a clear way of playing, some outstanding individuals, immense physical presence, so it's a different sort of challenge for us as you'd expect.

"We are playing the best team in the world who've annihilated everybody in South American qualification which is the hardest way to the finals so we have to be spot on to have a chance of winning the game."


England have not played Brazil since 2013, when the two sides met twice.

England won the first game at Wembley in Brazil 2-1, whereas they played again at the Maracana later on in the year, with the score ending 2-2.

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Joe Hart has come under-fine with a string of poor performances in the past few years, but he is set to start tonight.

And in the last fixture at Wembley between the two sides in 2013, Hart played a major role in England's 2-1 victory.

With the game 19 minutes through and deadlocked at 0-0, Jack Wilshere gave away a penalty for handball.

With Ronaldinho stepping up, it seemed certain that Brazil would take the lead.

But after heroically saving his penalty, Hart leapt to his feet and denied the Brazilian legend twice in a matter of seconds.

It was a heroic piece of goalkeeping from Hart, and the clip reminds us of what a class goalkeeper he has been in the past.

England went on to win the game 2-1, with Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney getting on the score-sheet.

Let's hope Hart can repeat that astonishing piece of goalkeeping again on Tuesday night.

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