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.
A rare Newcastle positive.
Seven are currently playing in the PL.
Ronaldinho would have been proud.
Would he fit into such a strong side?
More footballers should follow his lead.
We really wish we went on this England trip.
Ryan Garry suffered some incredibly bad luck.
Football is more than just a game.
And we thought the West Ham list was bad…
Chelsea really enjoy the January window.