International round-up: Hart keeps clean sheet in draw with Brazil
West Ham United’s Joe Hart kept an impressive clean sheet for England on Tuesday as the Three Lions held Brazil to a 0-0 draw.
Hart had to watch from the side-lines on Friday as the Three Lions drew with Germany, with Everton’s Jordan Pickford given the nod to play between the sticks in that contest by manager Gareth Southgate.
But the 30-year-old was returned to the national side starting XI in Tuesday’s match and gave an excellent performance in goal.
Notably, Hart was forced into strong saves from efforts by Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho, and the shot-stopper did no harm to his chances of representing England at next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Elsewhere in international friendlies, Marko Arnautovic played 86 minutes for Austria as his side claimed a 2-1 win over Uruguay.
The 28-year-old started up front for his nation in this match and was taken off just moments before his side secured the win with an 87th minute winner.
Senegal boasted two West Ham players in their squad in Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho, and the former featured in the whole contest as their side bested South Africa in a World Cup qualification match.
The win came from a very late winner for Senegal with Kouyate impressing in defence, while Sakho remained an unused substitute.
Declan Rice and Josh Cullen both started and played the full match for the Republic of Ireland U21s against Norway in their UEFA U21s Championship qualification contest.
The two Hammers youngsters were on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat by the Norwegians, but remain second in their group.
Martin Samuelsen, despite being in Norway’s squad, did not feature in the contest.
Reece Oxford was named a part of the England U20s for their friendly with Germany but the Three Lions fell to a 2-1 defeat, with two first half goals doing the damage against the loaned defender’s team.
At U19s level Domingos Quina scored for Portugal in their friendly against Spain to help his nation comeback to claim a 2-1 win.
The Spanish U19s side took the lead in the 21st minute but Quina equalised in the 73rd minute, before Portugal won the tie in time at the very end of the match.
Elsewhere Academy goalkeeper Rihards Matrevics played the full 90 minutes between the sticks for the Latvia U19s in their UEFA U19s Championship Qualification match against San Marino U19s.
Matrevics and his teammates claimed victory thanks to a finish in first half-stoppage time and three further goals in an 18-minute spell in the second period, which puts Latvia U19s second in Group 1.