Where are they now? Brazil’s XI which beat England at the 2002 World Cup

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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.

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