Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo impressed on his Brazil debut as he came on for the final half hour of his team’s 2-0 win over the USA on Saturday.
Roberto Firmino and Neymar scored the goals as Le Selecao cruised to a friendly victory over an inexperienced America side in New York.
Both goal scorers may steal the headlines for their respective contributions, but it was Arthur who impressed manager Tite.
“Arthur articulates the game and is positional, re-programming passes,” the coach said after the match.
“He encourages the opponent to mark somebody, but then he tricks them by changing his side and redirecting the pass.
“He has the ability to make a pass for the passer.
“He can collect the ball close to the defenders and give it to Philippe Coutinho or Neymar.
“He makes this transition happen, taking part in the first or second movement, and he does it with impressive ability.
“He always finds the best escape, the best pass out.”Even if he doesn’t provide the assist, he comes up with the pass that will help a player in attack to be found in space.”
Luke Shaw allayed concerns over his well-being after sustaining a sickening-looking injury that overshadowed England’s UEFA Nations League opener against Spain.
The 23-year-old sent in an exceptional pass for Marcus Rashford’s opener on his first international start since September 2015 – an appearance that came just a week before the hideous injury that he recently revealed nearly cost him his leg.
But Shaw’s assured return to England duty came to a shuddering halt minutes into second half, with his head appearing to hit Dani Carvajal’s hip before bouncing off the turf.
The impact was audible from the stands and led to him leaving on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask and a neck brace after lengthy treatment.
However, Shaw’s condition is not as bad as first feared, with the left-back posting on Twitter an hour after the match ended 2-1.
Harry Kane claimed the referee “bottled it” after England were robbed of the stoppage-time goal that would have prevented their UEFA Nations League opener ending in defeat to Spain.
Back in action for the first time since equalling their best-ever World Cup performance on foreign soil, the Three Lions got off to a superb start as Marcus Rashford swept home Luke Shaw’s exceptional pass.
But Saul Niguez and Rodrigo turned the match on its head as Spain ran out 2-1 victors on a night when Shaw’s nasty-looking injury early in the second half took the sting out proceedings.
England rallied late on – perhaps buoyed by positive news from the dressing room about the left-back’s condition – and looked to have snatched a draw through substitute Danny Welbeck.
But referee Danny Makkelie infuriated the hosts by ruling that the forward had fouled David De Gea when collecting a high ball, leading to sharp words from captain Kane.
Asked if the goal should have stood, the England striker told Sky Sports Football: “Yeah, 100 per cent.
“In those big environments you need the ref to stay strong and unfortunately he’s bottled it.
“Danny Welbeck just stood there, the keeper went to catch it, he’s put it away – I don’t know how it’s a foul.
“You need a firm ref who under the pressure doesn’t give wrong decisions.
“Disappointing to finish that way, I thought we played well – especially second half – and deserved a draw at least.
“It was a good game, it was a real test against a team that keep the ball really well. We probably created the better chances throughout the game.”