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Can England contain the Samba Boys at Wembley tonight?

England host Brazil at Wembley tonight with the visitors having smashed in 22 goals and conceded just three in their last six games as Luiz Felipe Scholari’s men go in search of the form that will land them a sixth World Cup crown on home soil in 2014.

Roy Hodgson has already confirmed that Ashley Cole will play, and in the process pick up his 100th international cap for the Three Lions, but Jermain Defoe and Daniel Sturridge have been ruled out up front through injury.

Hodgson has also said the Manchester United trio of Wayne Rooney, Tom Cleverly and Danny Welbeck will be used sparingly.

That could leave the hosts vulnerable against the likes of Neymar and the recently recalled Ronaldinho, who’s audacious free-kick nearly ten years ago in the World Cup quarter-final between the sides knocked England out and still gives David Seaman nightmares to this day.

Only one of the last 14 friendlies between the two sides featured over 2.5 goals and England have only ever beaten Brazil three times in 23 meetings.

England have won just one of their last four games and that was against minnows San Marino.

Despite apparently impressive recent stats, Brazil have only had to play the likes of China, Iraq and Japan in their latest fixtures and have drawn (1-1 with Colombia) and lost 2-1 (Argentina) in their last two games.

Posted by Patrick Callaghan

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