Hart hails im­pres­sive first start by Gomez

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Eng­land keeper Joe Hart hailed de­fender Joe Gomez fol­low­ing the Liver­pool de­fender’s as­sured per­for­mance in Eng­land‘s 0-0 draw with Brazil at Wem­b­ley last night.

The 20-year-old made his Three Lions de­but as a sub­sti­tute in Fri­day’s 0-0 draw with World Cup hold­ers Ger­many.

His im­pres­sive per­for­mance was duly re­warded with a start against a Brazil­ian side fea­tur­ing Ney­mar and club-mate Roberto Firmino.

And Hart saluted Gomez by telling ITV: “I can’t speak highly enough of him.

“He played against one of the hottest play­ers in the world (Ney­mar) and dealt with him re­ally well.”

For­mer Charl­ton young­ster Gomez in­sisted that it was an “hon­our” to rep­re­sent his coun­try at Wem­b­ley and is ea­ger for more chances in Gareth South­gate’s side, who are head­ing to the World Cup fi­nals next sum­mer.

Gomez said: “We put in a good shift and we’re happy with that. It’s a great hon­our, I’ll keep try­ing to im­prove and hope­fully more of these days will come.

“For some­one like me, it’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence to play at this level against a team like Brazil with all the play­ers they have. We are happy with the clean sheet.

Mean­while, Eng­land will play friendlies against Hol­land and Italy in March as part of their build-up to the World Cup.

South­gate’s side will play the Dutch in Am­s­ter­dam on March 23, be­fore host­ing Italy at Wem­b­ley on the 27th.

Hol­land last night beat Ro­ma­nia 3-0, with Mem­phis De­pay, Ryan Ba­bel and Luuk de Jong on tar­get.

An in­jury time Lars Stindl goal earned Ger­many a 2-2 draw in a friendly against France in Cologne.

Alexan­dre La­cazette twice put the vis­i­tors ahead, with Timo Werner net­ting the first equaliser.

Rus­sia se­cured a morale-boost­ing 3-3 draw with Spain, fight­ing back from two goals down. Jordi Alba and Ser­gio Ramos, with two penal­ties, struck for Spain.

Manch­ester United striker Romelu Lukaku be­came Bel­gium’s all-time lead­ing scorer, with his 31st goal to earn the Red Devils a 1-0 vic­tory over Ja­pan.

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