Southgate reacts as Ben Chilwell was slammed for poor performance against Brazil

Ben Chilwell
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Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell was criticised for his poor display in England’s friendly game against Brazil.

The Three Lions endured a frustrating night and suffered their first defeat at Wembley in 21 games, with Endrick scoring an 80th minute goal to win the game for the visitors.

Chilwell started the game, but was replaced by Joe Gomez in the 67th minute. Three Lions fans criticised his performance, and questioned his ability to step in for Luke Shaw, who is sidelined until April with a hamstring injury.

Gareth Southgate has however insisted Ben Chilwell delivered a ‘very good’ performance against Brazil.

“There were lots of very good performances,” Southgate said.

“It was a top-level game, we controlled long parts of it and had as many attempts on goal as them.

“It’s a classic game against a South American team. In a [competitive game] there might have been more cards given.

“We knew to expect that and we played from the back really well. I’m not unhappy with a lot about the performance.

“In the end it’s that ruthless moment that decides the game, but there were some important individual performances for us.

“Anthony [Gordon] was excellent, in both sides of his game. Ben Chilwell was very good, he was aggressive in his defending and he gave us width.

“We have to manage him carefully because he’s been out for a while.”

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