• Gabriel Jesus (L) has similar qualities to Ronaldo. (Getty Images)
Brazil have hailed Gabriel Jesus as their "new Ronaldo" as they prepare for Wednesday's (AEDT) friendly with England.
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14 Nov 2017 - 3:31 PM  UPDATED 14 Nov 2017 - 3:31 PM

The visitors to Wembley are among the favourites for next year's FIFA World Cup in Russia, owing largely to the potent combination of Neymar and Jesus in the final third.

Since Tite's appointment as coach in June 2016, Brazil have considerably improved, as was most recently seen in Friday's 3-1 defeat of Japan, when Jesus scored the third.

Their last World Cup victory was inspired by Ronaldo in 2002 but the emergence of Jesus has increased optimism surrounding their chances.

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"I wasn't joking when I called him the new Ronaldo," Brazil veteran Dani Alves said.

"He's already great and will get even better. For all that he's done, all that he's achieved, there's no pressure. He's doing what he loves."

England have similar confidence in the abilities of Harry Kane, and Tite said: "City should be very pleased with Palmeiras and the coaches there who formed a player (Jesus) who is already at such a good level.

"To the point he came here with a natural fluency.

"I already mentioned the mental capacity he has and his technical ability. He didn't need much time to adapt, he was already showing a very good level.

"The characteristics of Gabriel Jesus and Kane are a bit different. Gabriel attacks the space, gives us that depth; Kane is more positional. They're two strong strikers.

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"Kane is a penalty box player with an impressive finishing ability. He's good in the air, good with his right foot and left. It's very impressive, he has a lot of quality."

Brazil expect to have Philippe Coutinho available at Wembley after he missed Friday's victory because of the groin injury that had recently ruled him out at Liverpool.

He is in line to replace Chelsea's Willian alongside Neymar and Jesus in attack.