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England prepare to face Brazil

04 Feb 2013 11:47:22

England prepare to face Brazil

A depleted England squad began their short preparations for Wednesday's friendly with Brazil at St George's Park on Monday morning.

With Jermain Defoe (ankle) and Michael Carrick (hip) both ruled out and Daniel Sturridge expected to miss out with a thigh injury despite reporting for duty, only 11 outfield players trained normally as the remainder who were in action on Sunday did a warm-down session instead.

It also meant Jack Butland, a transfer deadline-day signing by Stoke who was loaned straight back to Birmingham, was the only goalkeeper involved as Manchester City's Joe Hart warmed down.

Among the 11 was Ashley Cole, who will become only the seventh England player to reach 100 caps at Wembley, following on from Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright and Steven Gerrard.

Meanwhile, Phil Jagielka is calling for England to repeat their heroics against Spain when they take on Brazil.

Jagielka helped shut out the World and European champions in November 2011, a result that proved to be one of the highlights of Fabio Capello's reign.

Now the five-time World Cup winners are on their way, with Jagielka eager to claim another major scalp.

Speaking at a Vauxhall dealership in Warrington during an appearance for the England lead sponsor, Jagielka said: "This is a high stakes game.

"That Spain game wasn't make or break but because we won and kept a clean sheet it turned into a massive positive.

"It is a similar situation now. Whether I get to play, or someone else, it is about gaining experience from a great test."


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