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  • 2 June 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã), Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
  • Referee: W. Roldán
  • • Attendance: 66015
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Brazil - England Preview: Three Lions eye second win on the bounce over Selecao

Brazil - England Preview: Three Lions eye second win on the bounce over Selecao

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Goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard secured a 2-1 triumph at Wembley in February, with the hosts currently floundering in their lowest-ever Fifa ranking of 19th

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BRAZIL

Cesar
Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo
Fernando, Paulinho
Neymar, Oscar, Moura
Fred
ENGLAND

Hart
Johnson, Cahill Jagielka, Cole
Carrick, Milner
Oxlade-Camberlain, Lampard, Walcott
Rooney

Premier League-based trio David Luiz, Oscar and Julio Cesar are all expected to start, while Oscar will be competing against the likes of Lucas Moura and Paulinho for a spot in midfield.

New Barcelona striker Neymar could feature from the off, while youngster Bernard will be hoping to add to his one cap after his surprising call-up to the Confederations Cup squad.

For England, striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle ligament) is waiting on scan results after injuring himself during Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland. Jermain Defoe came on in place of the Liverpool man at Wembley to partner Wayne Rooney, but is struggling with an Achilles problem, while Danny Welbeck will also be hoping for some game time.

Roy Hodgson may well change his central defensive partnership as he continues to decide on his first choice pairing following the retirements of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, while the more experienced James Milner will be hoping for a start after being afforded just a short cameo against Ireland.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • England's last match at Maracana was in 1984, when goals from John Barnes and Mark Hateley secured a famous 2-0 win for the visitors
  • Despite being just 21 years old, Neymar is the highest-scoring member of the current squad with 20 goals.
  • Brazil legend Ronaldo scored his first ever international goal against England, in a 3-1 win at Wembley in 1995.
  • England won their last meeting with Brazil, in February, but that was their first triumph since 1990.
  • Wayne Rooney (pictured right) has scored seven goals in his last eight games for the Three Lions.
  • The game on Sunday marks the official reopening of the Maracana before the 2014 World Cup - these two teams also met to mark the senior England side's first competitive game at the new Wembley in 2007.
  • Brazil have scored in every one of their last nine international fixtures against England.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
12Julio CésarGoalkeeper
2Daniel AlvesDefender
4David LuizDefender
-Filipe Luis
3Thiago SilvaDefender
17Luiz GustavoMidfielder
10OscarMidfielder
18PaulinhoMidfielder
9FredStriker
12HulkStriker
11NeymarStriker
-Diego Cavalieri
1JeffersonGoalkeeper
13DanteDefender
6MarceloDefender
-Réver
20BernardMidfielder
-Fernando
8HernanesMidfielder
-Jadson
-Jean
7LucasMidfielder
9Leandro DamiãoStriker
Players to Watch
Neymar
Neymar
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
3 4 1 0
Neymar has recently left the comforts of South America to test himself on the European stage by signing a five-year deal with Barcelona, and what better way to prove himself than against a top-10 international side.
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 0 0
Wayne Rooney's domestic future is up in the air after submitting a second transfer request in under three years at Manchester United, but he still produces the goods on the international scene - scoring seven in his last eight games - and, despite a dip in form at Old Trafford, he will still provide England with their most potent attacking threat.
Prediction
England's draw with Republic of Ireland was drab and uninspiring, but Brazil are currently lying in their lowest-ever Fifa ranking - 19 - so a win for either side would bring, albeit only temporarily ahead of more pressing matters, much-needed positivity. Expect the Selecao to exert some revenge on their home turf after the 2-1 defeat at Wembley last year.
Editor's Prediction
Brazil 2

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