Fifteen years ago today, David Beckham, Michael Owen and co. were knocked out of the World Cup as Brazil beat England 2-1 in the quarter-finals.
England actually took the lead in Shizuoka through then-Liverpool striker Owen, but they could not hold on and were eventually pegged back by a slick Rivaldo goal and Ronaldinho’s famous free-kick which caught out David Seaman.
Reflecting on Sven Goran Eriksson’s influence on the match, Gareth Southgate said of the manager’s half-time team talk: “We were expecting Winston Churchill and instead we got Iain Duncan-Smith.”
But in reality there was no shame in defeat for the Three Lions, who were ultimately knocked out by the eventual champions.
Brazil’s starting XI that day was their first-choice line-up throughout the whole tournament, as they went on to defeat Turkey and Germany on their way to lifting the trophy.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team was bursting with world-class talent, but also a few surprise names, and we’ve revisited the side and caught up with what they are doing now.
Where does Ronald Koeman rank?
Does it work as motivation for his players?
Lots of teams are ruing the absence of Aston Villa
You’ve got 15 minutes. You’re going to need them.
Plus the worst coin toss you’ll ever see.
The perfect goal must include moments of comedy.
How very Dele Alli.
Kevin De Bruyne was at it again against Burnley.
Jose Mourinho was unsurprisingly not a happy man.