Hart hails impressive first start by Gomez
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.