Endrick scores winner at Wembley as Brazil beat England | Football

The 17-year-old came off the bench to score the winner (Picture: Getty)

Teenage sensation Endrick came off the bench to score a dramatic winner for Brazil to beat England in their friendly match at Wembley.

The 17-year-old striker, who will join Real Madrid this summer, pounced on a rebound after Jordan Pickford denied Vinicius Jr to score the game’s only goal 10 minutes from full-time.

England, who lost Kyle Walker to injury early in the contest, laboured against the visitors on a frustrating night for Gareth Southgate’s side, who lost at Wembley for the first time in 21 games.

Endrick, who will finish the season with Palmeiras before heading for the Spanish capital in the summer, won his first international cap last November, making him the youngest male player to feature for the first-team since the legendary Ronaldo in 1994.

His goal in the capital on Saturday night was the first of many for his country.

Against a Brazil side missing many of its familiar stars, England were largely expected to beat the five-time world champions on home turf.

The visitors threatened on the break early on however as Vinicius Jr breached the England backline with Walker racing back to prevent his effort crossing the line having beaten Pickford in goal.

The sprint came at a cost, however, with Walker left clutching left hamstring, requiring treatment from the England medical staff. After briefly attempting to play on, the change was made with Ezri Konsa brought on for his England debut to replace the skipper.

Endrick scores as Brazil beat England

Vinicius scored the first goal for his country (Picture: Getty)

Ollie Watkins, preferred to Ivan Toney up front with Harry Kane unavailable, spurned perhaps England’s best chance of the half, blasting over from inside the box after being fed through by Conor Gallagher.

With the hosts struggling to trouble a relatively unrecognisable Brazil backline, Brazil pounced on the counter again with 10 minutes left on the clock in the first-half. Lucas Paqueta, captaining his country in London, wildly misconnected with a shot on goal only to find the ball fed back to him inside the 12 yard box. The West Ham midfielder this time got the connection right but saw his effort rattle back off the post.

England lose to Brazil

England lose at Wembley for the first time in 21 games (Picture: Getty)

There was one more let off for Southgate’s side before the break with Harry Maguire’s loose touch just inside his own box allowing Raphinha to hit one across goal, driving it just wide of the far post.

England looked their most dangerous in the first period from set pieces with Brazil almost exposed early in the second period, with Maguire causing havoc in the box before Anthony Gordon’s effort on his international debut was pushed wide.

England largely dominated a flat second period but struggled to break down their well-organised opponents. Jude Bellingham, targeted with an endless string of fouls – six of them from Paqueta alone – cut a frustrated figure, replaced midway through the second-half as part of a triple substitution made by Southgate.

There was an overdue moment of excitement in a drab second-half when Endrick entered the fray, joining future Real Madrid teammates Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo in attack.

England followed suit by introducing their own teenage superstar with Kobbie Mainoo coming on for his Three Lions debut.

But Brazil’s moment came 10 minutes from full time in an identical passage of play from the first-half when Vinicius Jr raced through on goal. Pickford this time blocked his effort only for Endrick to latch onto the rebound and slot home and score a famous winner.

As England pushed for an equaliser in added time, Brazil pounced on the counter again with Endrick released one-on-one only to be denied a second by Pickford with the last kick of the game.


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