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England defeat not disappointing, says Scolari

The Brazil boss believes the Three Lions deserve credit for beating him at Wembley on Wednesday night, but insisted that the loss did not bother him too much.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has insisted he is not disappointed after his Brazil side was defeated 2-1 by England on Wednesday night.

Wayne Rooney scored the opener after Ronaldinho’s saved penalty and, though Fred capitalized on Gary Cahill’s awful error to equalize, substitute Frank Lampard secured the friendly win with a typically well-struck goal.

"I’m not disappointed," Scolari told reporters after the game at Wembley. "We faced a strong England team with strong players and in good form, so no, I’m not disappointed.

"I have to credit all of their team, all of their players, their style and the work of their manager because their team is playing very well; it’s very strong and very organized. I was not surprised. We have seen all the data, and we know this is the way England play when they are on form. Let us see how they play on June 2 [at the World Cup next year].

"I am used to losing my first game, but after the first game I am used to winning games and competitions. I’m not disappointed or sad."

Ronaldinho - whose goal knocked England out of World Cup 2002 - had a penalty saved by Joe Hart in the first half, but Scolari insisted the former Barcelona star has a future in the international setup if he keeps his form up.

"[Ronaldinho] He played 90 minutes in the first game in Brazil," he added. "There is some work for him to do, but he played well and if he keeps working he will be capped again."

Another player he reserved praise for was Bayern Munich center back Dante, who made his international debut for the Selecao against the Three Lions.

"I’m very satisfied with him, and we have won another great center back for the future."

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