England beat Brazil 2-1 at Wembley last night to record their first win against the five time champions in 23 years. The talk of the town after the match was Jack Wilshere, who was instrumental in midfield throughout England’s confident and determined display. Winning the man of the match award, Wilshere highlighted the positive attitude of the squad and singled out Frank Lampard’s 60th minute winner for praise.
"As I said Brazil, they can hit you at any time and they did that tonight. But we showed great character to come back and Lamps (Frank Lampard) has been doing that for years and he seems to keep doing it."
Wayne Rooney scored England’s opener and said after the game that despite the mistake for Brazil’s equaliser, the side showed great heart to bounce back and win the game.
"It was a silly goal to give away from us and it could've cost us the victory. But to come back and get the win was great for us because in the future (past), we might have folded there and not gone on to win the game and maybe gone on to lose it. So it was a great positive for us and they came running at us in the end and we should great desire."
Whilst a friendly can never be seen as a true measure of England’s World Cup prospects, a win against the most successful football nation of all time is still an encouraging result. The real test for Roy Hodgson’s men will be to make sure they secure six points from their next two World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro next month.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner