The South Americans are the tournaments defending champions.
"There is no point coming here if you don't want to win," said England captain Ward-Prowse.
"It is good to get the experience (of a tournament) but the winning mentality is what matters - that's what helps you get trophies and medals.
"Brazil have quality players. Everyone looks up to them as a footballing nation. They have the qualities and we've seen clips of them. Looking at the game, we'll give them respect but we are here to win the tournament - it doesn't matter what the opposition is.
"Last season personally was an improvement and that's important because it means my development is continuing the way I want it to. As long as I keep doing better than I did the year before, I am on the right track."
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