Thursday, 7th February, 2013

England manager Roy Hodgson explained that he is delighted to have played Brazil once and beaten Brazil once, after England put the Selecao to the sword 2-1 at Wembley last night.

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard proved to be too much for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side, who could only score once, through Fred.

Brazil were guilty of missing a penalty through Ronaldinho, but the Three Lions claimed the victory and Hodgson could not be happier.

"It’s my first crack at Brazil as a manager and I’m delighted to have been able to oversee a victory", he told the FA’s official site.

"It was an all-round performance from the team, there were some very very good moments and I thought we were good value for two goals to one."


And Hodgson thinks the performance against one of the favourites to win the 2014 World Cup bodes well for the future.

Especially on the part of midfielder Jack Wilshere, who was superb commanding the centre of the park for the Three Lions.

"If he can keep up that level of performance he will soon justify all the expectations and hopes because he was very, very good", said Hodgson.

The match was the first of two against Brazil this year in what is the FA’s 150th year of existence. The second will be played in Brazil in June.

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