Tuesday, 27th May, 2014

Gareth Southgate was pleased with his England Under-20 side’s display, despite the Young Lions going down 2-1 to their Brazilian counterparts in the Toulon Tournament last night.

Goals from Alisson and Lucas Silva put the South American nation 2-0 up by the 51st minute in St. Raphael, before a stunning James Ward-Prowse free-kick reduced the arrears in the closing stages of the match.

But England failed to score the equaliser and it resulted in Southgate tasting defeat as a national coach for the first time since taking over as Under-21s head coach last September.

However the former defender, who admitted that he was left disappointed in the manner in which England conceded the two goals, was satisfied with his side’s performance.


"I don’t think there were any surprises and we got the game that we thought we would," he told the FA’s official site.

"We wanted to be brave enough to pass the ball and we did.

"In terms of possession and the way that we tried to play, we probably played more than the opposition which you wouldn’t have expected coming into a game like this.

"We dealt with the more difficult things that Brazil had to throw at us but in actual fact, we let ourselves down with two really disappointing goals and it was us who came up with a moment of brilliance that you might have expected from the opposition.

"So we’re disappointed, but I think the players will come away realising that they’re more than capable of performing on this stage."

England will next take on the Korea Republic in their third match of the tournament on Wednesday.

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