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Preview: England vs. Brazil

Preview: England vs. Brazil
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Wednesday's friendly at Wembley Stadium between England and Brazil.

Roy Hodgson's England will play host to Brazil as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.

The five-time World champions will travel to England with a slightly altered squad under Luiz Felipe Scolari, who recently returned for a second stint in charge of the Yellows.

Former Barcelona and AC Milan attacker Ronaldinho has been included, as have Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar and Luis Fabiano.

Scolari's side also have a good record against the Three Lions, having not lost any of their last eight encounters against their hosts. In fact, the last time that England overcame Brazil was back in March 1990 when Gary Lineker found the net in a 1-0 victory.

Meanwhile, the match could prove to be a special one for England left-back Ashley Cole. Should the Chelsea defender feature, he will earn his 100th cap for his country.

Michael Carrick, Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe will not feature though, having pulled out of the squad with injuries.

Recent form

England: WDWDL

Brazil: WWWDL

Possible starting lineups:

England: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Smalling, Cole; Gerrard, Milner, Wilshere, Cleverley; Rooney, Welbeck

Brazil: Cesar; Alves, Dante, Miranda, Adriano; Ramires, Oscar, Paulinho, Lucas Moura, Ronaldinho; Neymar

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