Brazil arrive at Wembley on Tuesday on a wave of optimism after being transformed by manager Tite. The former Corinthians boss, who in 2012 led the Sao Paulo side to a Club World Cup Final victory over Chelsea, appears to have the Midas touch.
Since his June 2016 appointment, Brazil have risen from the 7-1 mauling by Germany into World Cup favourites, winning 13 of 16 internationals, hitting 38 goals and conceding just five.
They were languishing in sixth in South American World Cup qualifying upon his arrival but have since raced to Russia on the back of 10 wins in 12 qualifiers, topping the group.
Most intriguingly, Tite has led his revolution with the same personnel. His team are made up almost entirely of the same players that previous manager Dunga saw humbled at consecutive Copas America in 2015 and 2016.
On Tuesday, a full-strength Brazil face England. With no injuries or suspensions, Tite’s preferred XI —which has been restricted to just two appearances and a combined 36 minutes of action — will all be present on the pitch for the just…