Eng­land, Brazil close out year with 0-0 draw in friendly

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An in­ex­pe­ri­enced Eng­land side sti­fled an­other of soc­cer's lead­ing teams on Tues­day, draw­ing 0-0 with Brazil af­ter a score­less draw with world cham­pion Ger­many last week.

In a friendly of few chances in front of 84,595 fans at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, the clos­est Eng­land and Ger­many came to break­ing the dead­lock came in the fi­nal 15 min­utes.

A long-range strike from Fer­nand­inho shaved the post and Ney­mar fed Paulinho, who was de­nied at the near post by Eng­land goal­keeper Joe Hart.

Do­minic Solanke could have won it for Eng­land on his in­ter­na­tional de­but in the clos­ing min­utes, but he failed to con­trol Ash­ley Young's cross, en­abling goal­keeper Ram­ses Becker to gather the ball.

It was the fi­nal game of the year for Eng­land and Brazil, which are now wait­ing to see who they will be paired with at the 2018 World Cup when the draw takes place next month.

McKen­nie, Adams set for US de­buts against Por­tu­gal

Mid­field­ers We­ston McKen­nie and Tyler Adams are mak­ing their U.S. na­tional team de­buts in Tues­day night's ex­hi­bi­tion at Por­tu­gal, the first game for the Amer­i­cans since they failed to qual­ify for next year's World Cup.

Ethan Hor­vath is in goal for the match at Leiria, his first ap­pear­ance since his de­but against Cuba in Oc­to­ber 2016.

DeAn­dre Yedlin is at right back, John Brooks and Matt Mi­azga in cen­tral de­fense and Eric Lichaj at left back. Danny Wil­liams, cap­tain­ing the U.S. for the first time, also is in mid­field along with Kel­lyn Acosta. Juan Agudelo is at for­ward along with C.J. Sapong, who is mak­ing his third in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ance.

Goal­keeper Jesse Gon­za­lez and de­fender Cameron Carter-Vick­ers are on the bench and could make their de­buts as sub­sti­tutes. Josh Sar­gent, the first Amer­i­can to train with the un­der-17, un­der20 and se­nior na­tional teams in the same year, did not dress be­cause of a strained right quadri­ceps.

Dave Sarachan is the in­terim U.S. coach fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Bruce Arena.

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