The two world class sides England and Brazil played an international friendly at Wembley this week to celebrate the FA’s 150 years in exixtence. England who have not beaten Brazil in nine matches upset the favourites with an impressive 2-1 win. This match was Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first after his re-hiring and he opted to combine old with new as he played the veteran Ronaldinho and youth sensation Neymar. England’s Roy Hodgson opted again for his youth as he started Welbeck, Smalling, Wilshere and Cleverley leaving Lampard on the bench. This match also celebrated Ashley Cole’s 100th cap for the Three Lions, a feat only established by only six other players.
Both sides began well with Brazil earning a lucky penalty after Jack Wilshere’s handball in the box. Ronaldinho opted to take the penalty and Joe Hart made an impressive double save to keep the score level. After Julio Cesar saved a close range Theo Walcott shot, Wayne Rooney was there for the rebound and put the Three Lions off the mark. After a horror mistake from Gary Cahill, substitute Fred neatly netted home an equaliser to make it 1-1. The England substitute Frank Lampard netted home the winner with another impressive long range effort as he has done for club and country on several occasions. This match provided great scenes at both ends and capped Umbro’s last time they will feature on the England shirts after Nike struck a shirt deal in late 2012.
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