England given Tite’s back­ing

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - SPORT -

– Brazil­ian coach Tite (above) views England as one of the favourites to win next year’s World Cup and be­lieves the cos­mopoli­tan na­ture of the Pre­mier League has ben­e­fited their na­tional team.

England man­ager Gareth South­gate suc­cess­fully blooded sev­eral new play­ers in Fri­day’s 0-0 friendly draw with Germany and was again obliged to field an in­ex­pe­ri­enced team against Brazil last night due to in­juries.

With Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Ra­heem Ster­ling among the play­ers un­avail­able for England, Tite is con­vinced South­gate’s men will be se­ri­ous con­tenders in Rus­sia.

“Even though South­gate has only had 13 games (as man­ager) so far, with Dele Alli, Kane and the ex­pe­ri­ence of (Gary) Cahill, that tra­di­tion counts, so I see England as one of the favourites,” Tite said this week.

Brazil have been fly­ing since Tite suc­ceeded the sacked Dunga in June 2016, qual­i­fy­ing at a can­ter for next year’s World Cup and win­ning 13 of the 16 games they have played un­der his stew­ard­ship. –

Lon­don

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