England v Brazil – Friendly International

5th November 2009 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Brazil v England

November 14, 2009

Kick Off 5 pm
Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar

While the likes of the Republic of Ireland and France are slogging it out for a place at World Cup 2010 through the qualification play-offs, England will be testing their mettle against the might of Brazil. Both teams have secured qualification for the tournament in South Africa 2010, and they square off in a friendly match which takes place at the impressive Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar.

This is exactly the type of game which England boss Fabio Capello will be looking for. He has publicly stated that he wants his team to play against the best, and now here is his chance. They could be without Aaron Lennon though, as the Spurs player has already been ruled out of action for for Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Sunderland. The winger picked up an ankle injury a couple of weeks ago, which also kept him out of last weekend’s North London derby loss against Arsenal.

This will give Fabio Capello an interesting selection choice on the right wing. Aaron Lennon, with his small size and pace, has been favoured by the Italian since he made his way back into the squad. The other two candidates for the right wing starting position were Shaun Wright-Phillips and David Beckham. Beckham, who confirmed a six month loan deal with AC Milan this week, is unlikely to be a starter, but Lennon’s absence could mean the return of a familiar, and often inspirational England face. Chelsea’s Joe Cole has been out of action for pretty much most of the year, but has recently gotten a few games under his belt for his club. It has not taken him long to show the control, flair and creativity that he has been renowned for.

It is not a bad problem for Capello to have, as more likely than not, he will want to be taking Joe Cole to South Africa 2010 with him. The 27 year old still has a lot to offer for club and country, and he is an important player for England, as he showed when he was utilised a lot by Steve McLaren and Sven Goran Eriksson on the left wing. Cole can beat people and create chances for the strikers with his ingenuity, something he has been doing for Chelsea since his return. When both fully fit, Cole and Lennon could prove to be a great one-two for England, and they do offer some great attacking invention.

Capello will also be hoping that some of his key players stay injury free in the build up for the World Cup. Steven Gerrard has been having his problems with a groin injury, and there is the big meeting of Premier League top two Chelsea and Manchester United on Sunday, 8th, and hopefully for England, tempers won’t boil over too much, with the likes of Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand on display.

Interesting England v Brazil titbits. The two sides have come up against each other four times in the World Cup, and their first encounter led to the first ever World Cup 0-0 draw, which was in Sweden 1958. The other three matches all ended in wins for the South Americans. That is not to say England have not enjoyed any success against Brazil, just not any when it has matter. England have beaten Brazil three times in friendlies, and drawn 9 times out of 22 matches in total, which leaves ten wins for the Brazilians. The most recent meeting ended in a 1-1 draw, with a headed goal from Chelsea’s John Terry. Who crossed it? David Beckham.

World Cup Outright Odds:
Brazil: 5/1 at Paddy Power
England: 6/1 at William Hill




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