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All the factz you need to know on the England v Brazil friendly tonight

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England take on Brazil at Wembley tonight. The match kicks-off at 8pm and it is live on ITV1. Here are the factz you need to know:

• This is the 26th occasion that England have played Brazil – England have only emerged victorious on 4 previous occasions. Brazil have won 11 times.
• However, Brazil haven’t beaten England since 2009 – when a Nilmar goal was enough to see off the Three Lions in a friendly played in Qatar. In the two matches since, England have won one and the other was a draw.
• The last 0-0 draw between the sides came in June 1977 in a friendly at the Maracana.
• Brazil have scored in their last 10 consecutive matches against England – a run stretching back to March 1990, when England won 1-0 thanks to a goal from TV presenter and crisp seller Gary Lineker.
• Joe Hart will win his 75th cap for England tonight – putting him equal 2nd on the all-time list of appearances by goalkeepers for England with David Seaman. Peter Shilton leads the way with 125 caps.
• Angus Gunn has been called up to the England squad, but his father, Bryan, played internationally for Scotland (6 caps).
• Only three members of this England squad are in their 30s – both Joe Hart and Jamie Vardy are 30 and Ashley Young is 32.
• Only 5 members of the England squad have scored an international goal – and of those, Young has the most, with 7 strikes.
• Brazil striker Neymar has 53 goals for his country in 82 appearances. He is catching up Pele, who still holds the all-time record, with 77.
• Seven members of the Brazil squad play their football in England: four play for Manchester City – Ederson, Fernandinho, Danilo and Gabriel Jesus; two for Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho, and Willian of Chelsea.

Barcelona still chasing Philippe Coutinho transfer and will pay up to £150 million for him – report

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You have to admire their dedication: after a summer of being constantly rebuffed, Barcelona are still chasing Philippe Coutinho, and will try to sign him from Liverpool again in the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain.

The Catalan side feel they still haven’t found an adequate replacement for Neymar, who departed for Pars St-Germain for £199 million in the summer. Ousmane Dembele, who had been signed from Borussia Dortmund as his replacement in a £97 million deal suffered a hamstring injury in his fourth appearance and hasn’t been seen since.

With Luis Suarez experiencing a dip in his high standards, and Gerard Deulofeu not proving prolific, Barcelona bosses are ready to go back into the transfer market, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

Sport adds that Coutinho tops the list of targets, and are prepared to pay up to £150 million for him. Another Spanish newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, reports that Coutinho – who handed in a transfer request in the summer – is still desperate to join Barcelona.

Looks like Liverpool fans will have to buckle up for another transfer window spent worrying that one of their star players will be tempted away…

Neymar told Barcelona teammates about exit at Messi’s wedding, says Xavi

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Neymar dropped the bombshell that he was leaving Barcelona for Paris St-Germain while he was attending Lionel Messi’s wedding this summer, his former teammate Xavi has revealed.

The Brazilian striker moved to PSG for a world record fee of £200 million last summer, in a saga that lasted most of the window. Neymar was at Barca for 4 years, two of those with Xavi, who moved to Qatari side Al Sadd in 2015.

But he chose to tell his then teammates about his impending departure at Messi’s wedding – nothing like pulling focus from the happy couple – in July, Xavi told the World Football Show on the BBC World Service.

“He said to us at Messi’s wedding that he wanted to change club,” Xavi said. “I said to him but why? He said ‘I am not happy in Barcelona, I prefer to leave, to have a new experience in Europe at PSG’ and finally he did, it was his decision, we must respect it.”

Harry Kane the only British name on 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist

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Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane is the only British player to make the 30-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or – although plenty of other Premier League players have made the cut.

Kane has been in superb form in 2017, scoring 43 goals in 37 games for club and country, and has established himself as England’s number one striker.

But he is the only British name there. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale – a fixture on the list in recent years – misses out after a season plagued by injury. Jamie Vardy, who made last year’s list, isn’t included after a mediocre year for Leicester City.

Perhaps one English player to be disappointed to miss out is Kane’s team-mate Dele Alli, who has had a stellar 12 months that have seen him establish himself as a star in the Premier League and an automatic pick for England.

But the Premier League is well-represented in the shortlist, with 6 players included. They are: Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane from Liverpool, Chelsea midfielders Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante, Manchester United stopper David de Gea and Manchester City’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

The favourites for the award are, as usual, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have shared the past 9 awards between them – Messi leads 5-4 – with Paris St-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also likely to be in contention.

The other nominees are: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Isco (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) and Luis Suarez (Barcelona).

Edinson Cavani rejects big-money offer to hand over penalty duties to Neymar

The row between Paris St-Germain strike partners Neymar and Edinson Cavani shows no sign of abating, with the latest twist coming with reports saying that Cavani has rejected a big-money offer to hand over penalty taking duties to Neymar.

This all started last week when the pair rowed over who would take free-kicks and penalties. Cavani refused to cede taking a penalty to his £200 million strike partner, upsetting the Brazilian. To make matters worse, Cavani missed the penalty.

It seems the pair still haven’t made up, and Cavani is digging his heels in. He took over penalty duties at the start of last season, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left, and doesn’t want to hand them over, feeling that after four seasons at the Parc des Princes, he deserves to have the responsibility.

PSG’s owner president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has now apparently waded into the argument, offering Cavani euro1 million (£880,000) – the bonus he would receive if he is top scorer in Ligue Un at the end of the season – to give up taking penalties to Neymar, according to French newspaper El Pais. Cavani turned down the offer, saying it is not about the money.

Similarly, Neymar was met by another intermediary and asked to forget about taking penalties, and they received a similar response: No.

The pair haven’t played together since; Neymar missed last weekend’s 0-0 draw against Montpellier with injury. However, he is set to return for PSG’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich this week. Whether the pair will play up front together hasn’t been revealed.

But if they do, is anyone else hoping PSG get a penalty, just to see what happens?