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  • 6 February 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 87453

England - Brazil Preview: Ashley Cole set for 100th cap against World Cup 2014 hosts

The Three Lions are looking to celebrate the Football Association's 150th birthday with a win while visiting boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has a wealth of attacking options to call on

Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Cole
Wilshere, Gerrard
Walcott, Cleverley, Milner


Alves, Miranda, Dante, Adriano
Ramires, Paulinho
Lucas Moura, Oscar, Ronaldinho

Forwards Jermain Defoe (ankle) and Daniel Sturridge (thigh) are out of contention for England, with Theo Walcott or Danny Welbeck likely to push for a place alongside Wayne Rooney in attack.

Michael Carrick (hip) has also been ruled out of the squad, meaning Jack Wilshere may make his long-awaited return to the starting XI after featuring as a substitute against Sweden in November.

Ashley Cole is in line to receive his 100th international cap if he is selected ahead of the in-form Leighton Baines, while Gareth Barry misses out despite his fine performances for Manchester City.

Real Madrid forward Kaka has missed the cut for Brazil, but Luis Fabiano and Ronaldinho have both been included by Luiz Felipe Scolari, as well as QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Chelsea defender David Luiz is set to miss out on the game as he is suffering from a calf strain.

  • England have won only three of their 23 games with Brazil, losing 11 and drawing nine.
  • The Three Lions' winless run against the Selecao stretches back eight games - the last win came under Bobby Robson in 1990.
  • England won that game 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Gary Lineker.
  • Despite the poor run against Scolari's side, Brazil have only won two of their past 10 games at Wembley.
  • England have scored in all but one of their 31 games at the new Wembley.
  • Of their last 18 games, Brazil have won 15 and lost just twice.
  • The last tie between the sides saw Brazil run out 1-0 winners in Doha in 2009.
  • Neymar (pictured, right) will be the visitors' main threat with eight goals in his last six international appearances.

Players to watch

J. Wilshere

Position: Midfielder

Games: 3

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The influential Arsenal midfielder has struggled over the past two years with ankle injuries but, after featuring against Sweden in the 4-2 November defeat, the 21-year-old is set to make a long-awaited start for Roy Hodgson side. Despite the talents of Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick, Wilshere offers a slick dynamism that England have lacked too often and his return to the team - especially against such a talented side as Brazil - will give England fans a good indication of how he could shape the side for challenges ahead.


Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Despite being earmarked for a big-money move to Europe in the last two transfer windows, the prodigiously-gifted Santos forward has elected to stay in Brazil to continue his development - and it is reaping dividends. He scored 43 in 47 appearances last season, has five goals in five league games this year and will prove a handful for England's back line. The 20-year-old is that rare blend of player that marries skill with end product, and should provide great entertainment at Wembley, having already shone on these shores during the Olympic Games.

Editor's Prediction

Judging the score of a friendly is usually a fraught business, as the scoreline is often not the main motivation for either manager. While on paper Brazil should collect the victory, second-half substitutions will likely disrupt the flow of the game. Expect Roy Hodgson to keep his side disciplined and composed on the ball, and if there is no lead beyond the hour, it is likely the game will end as a draw.

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