PREVIEW: Friendly – England v Brazil

imageFOOTBALL – England will play against Brazil in an international friendly at Wembley on Wednesday, 6, February. For the 24th time these countries meet in international football. England have won three, Brazil 11 with nine draws.

We have several key stats on this match listed below.


> Brazil were the first visitors to Wembley when it was re-opened in June 2007. They drew 1-1 with John Terry scoring for England and Diego equalising.

 > Brazil are unbeaten in their last eight matches against England (4 wins), since a 1-0 friendly defeat at Wembley in March 1990 when Gary Lineker scored the only goal.

 > England have not lost in their last four international matches against former world champions (in regular time), since the 2-1 home friendly defeat to France in November 2010. Since then they have beaten both Spain and France in friendlies.

 > Wayne Rooney has scored 32 international goals – the fifth-most of any England player and eight behind Michael Owen (40) in fourth place.

 > Ronaldinho has 94 caps for Brazil (33 goals). If he plays he will become the outright seventh-most capped Brazilian. If he scores he will become joint-sixth top scorer for them with Rivaldo on 34 goals (moving one ahead of Jaizinho)


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