Brazil manager Tite believes England are a contender for the next year’s World Cup.
The Three Lions have not won the tournament since 1966, but their success at the junior levels – this year, they won the U20 and U17 World Cup as well as the U19 Euros – suggests their fortunes may turn around in the near future.
Speaking before his side take on England at Wembley on Tuesday, Tite said: “All the big teams, like England, have this new generation coming through.
“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 (for the World Cup). I’m not just saying that because I’m here at Wembley, speaking in front of English people.
“Compared to Japan, the technical demands of (Tuesday’s) game are going to be higher.
“Historically, England’s is a mix between technical football, on the floor, but also physical contact, quality, short passing, triangulation.
“In the Premier League there are so many foreign coaches and different players; it’s a very strong league with different styles.”