England v Brazil – Match Preview

England v Brazil – Match Preview

Mark Bollons
Published 02/06/2013 17:21 by Mark Bollons.

England v Brazil; International Friendly, Wembley Stadium; Wednesday, 6th February; 20:00 KO.


Team News

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Ashley Cole will start for England, earning his 100th cap in the process at Wembley.

Daniel Sturridge, Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick have all withdrawn from the squad through injury, whilst Leon Osman is in contention to win his second cap for the Three Lions.

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has recalled Ronaldinho after 12 months out of the international squad, with ex-Sevliia star Luis Fabiano also involved.

However, Real Madrid playmaker Kaka is not in the squad, whilst David Luiz will have a late fitness check.

Rooney relishing clash against Ronaldinho & Neymar

England striker Wayne Rooney is relishing the prospect of coming up against Ronaldinho and Neymar in tonight’s international friendly at Wembley.

Brazil travel to the capital as part of the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and it promises to be a special show with some of the samba stars expected to be on show.

Rooney certainly expects it to be a great match, and has huge respect for both players. The Manchester United star even suggests Neymar could go on to become one of the greats.

“Can’t wait for tonight’s game. Excited to hopefully come up against Ronaldinho, who’s a player I’ve always admired and has achieved everything in the game,” he wrote on his official Facebook page

“And then there’s Neymar, who has the potential to be one of the world’s best!’

The Santos starlet has also talked up the former Everton forward, but paid a back-handed compliment at the same time when claiming that the Three Lions were a ‘one man team’ who relied on Rooney too much.

“England have players to do well — but do I think they have the same quality as Spain and Argentina? No,” he's quoted as saying by the English press.

“Maybe they rely too much on Rooney — once you look past him you don’t see an obvious player who can win them a match. But Brazil have got many players who can.”

Celebrity fan prediction - Kevin Pietersen

"Looking forward to the footy tonight. I reckon England win 2-1," he wrote on his official Facebook page.

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