After finishing a successful world cup qualifying campaign, England travel to Qatar to take on the world’s number one team Brazil in the first meeting since a 1-1 draw against the side in 2007. The last time the two sides met in a competitive game was the quarter final of the 2002 world cup where the South American side beat the three lions 2-1.
With England only losing one of their ten 2010 world cup qualifiers, the three lions are on excellent run of form by scoring thirty four goals this season. Under the reign of Fabio Capello, the lions have increased their world ranking to seventh in the Fifa rankings. Whereas, five time champions Brazil have recently had poor form with losses against Bolivia and a recent draw against Venezuela.
Brazil take on and injury stricken England side with five first team players sidelined due to various injuries. The three lions are likely to have three non regulars in defence with first regulars Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson out with injuries. Captain John Terry is also doubt after picking up an ankle injury earlier this morning. Along with problems in defence, Capello’s men have also got problems in midfield as Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are all sidelined due to Groin and thigh injuries. Shaun Wright Phillips is also likely to start due David Beckham having club commitments with La Galaxy. Unlike England, five time champions Brazil may be a fully fit side with only one doubt- Manchester City striker Robinho. Robinho, who has only appeared three times for city this season, has travelled to Qatar although recovering from an ankle injury recently.
England: Green, Brown, Terry, Upson, Bridge, SWP, Carrick, Lampard, Milner, Crouch, Rooney.
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