Proud skipper Rooney admits Brazil the better side

“England’s stand-in captain Wayne Rooney conceded Brazil were the better team in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Qatar but admitted the defeat still hurt. The Manchester United striker was handed the armband in the absence of the injured John Terry but could not inspire Fabio Capello’s injury-hit side against the five-time World Cup winners.”

Boys from Brazil prove Fabio’s understudies have lot to learn
“Unused to playing to a largely shirt-sleeved crowd on a mid-November night, a depleted England got what was coming and set off on the seven-hour flight home grateful the damage was no worse. It would have been, but for a shocking penalty miss by Luis Fabiano after Ben Foster, playing in goal in preference to Robert Green, should have been sent off. Brazil, joint favourites with Spain to win the World Cup, may claim to have gained a psychological advantage over a side the bookmakers rate not far behind them, but for all their fluid play it would be wrong to read too much into what was probably the most low-key of the 23 meetings between the countries.” (Independent)

The ten best England v Brazil matches
“England take on Brazil in Qatar this weekend in a mouth-watering fixture between two of the world’s most football crazy nations. Over the years there have been some classic matches between the sides and moments that have since become legend.” (Independent)

Captain Rooney unable to lift inexperienced, uninspired England
“Wayne Rooney seldom suffers from apathy on a football pitch. The opportunity to be captain in Doha seemed to make him particularly animated, although frustration then gripped him even more quickly than usual. He had a craving to leave his mark on a game where the play was sometimes perfunctory, but this was one of his weaker outings for England.” (Guardian)

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