Fabio Capello was required to make numerous changes to his team following last month's World Cup Qualifiers. Only three players from the starting line-up against Belarus started this match - Ben Foster, Wayne Bridge and Gareth Barry - the latter being the only regular first team player. There were large number of first team regulars absent through injuries for this fixture including captain John Terry, David James, Glen Johnson, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott and Emile Heskey. David Beckham did not join the squad despite being named. He was committed to playing for his club side, LA Galaxy, in the MLS Western Conference Final the day prior to England's match. Despite England's squad being greatly depleted, Brazil were able to field a near-strength side. On the plus side for Capello, the injuries and withdrawals meant he could test his fringe players, who are competing for a place in his World Cup Squad.
This match did not live up to expectations unfortunately, but if the two sides do meet next summer in South Africa, it will be surely be a more lively affair. The first half produced very little in the way of scoring opportunities for either side. However, just over a minute into the second half Brazil took the lead. Elano saw Nilmar breaking away from Wes Brown, and Nilmar was able to head the ball into Foster's net. Then there was drama in the 56th minute of play when Brown's effort to chest the ball back to Foster fell short, resulting in England's 'keeper trying to get to the ball and in the process he brought down Nilmar. Foster should have been shown the red card for the foul, but the referee pulled out the yellow card and awarded a penalty to Brazil. Fabiano's penalty kick was surprisingly blasted over the bar.
There was a glimmer of hope in the 68th minute for England but Milner's volley went over Cesar's goal. Then, with 14 minutes left on the clock, Wes Brown redeemed himself, blocking Nilmar's header, and a short time later Lucio's effort hit the post.
England now have four months until their next game, which will be another friendly as the team prepares for the World Cup Finals.
Julio Cesar #1, Lucio #3, Bastos #6, Maicon #2, Thiago Silva #4, Silva #8, Kaka #10 (Baptista 81 mins - #19), Felipe Melo #5, Elano #7 (Daniel Alves 64 mins - #13), Fabiano #9 (Hulk 68 mins - #21), Nilmar #11 (Carlos Eduardo 81 mins - #20).
Subs Not Used: Doni #22, Aurelio #14, Luisao #16, Naldo #18, Josue #17, Alex #15, Lucas #12.
Foster #1, Lescott #6, Bridge #3, Upson #5, Brown #2, Wright-Phillips #7 (Crouch 82 mins - #16), Jenas #8, Barry #4 (Huddlestone 82 mins - #15), Milner #11 (A Young 87 mins - #18), Bent #9 (Defoe 54 mins - #17), Rooney #10 - Captain.
Subs Not Used: Green #12, Hart #21, Warnock #14, Cahill #13. (Full Squad)
Brazil Goal: Nilmar (47 mins)
England Caution: Foster (56 mins)
Referee: Abdulrehman Abdou (Qatar)