England striker Wayne Rooney has revealed his delight at scoring in the opening game at the new Maracana stadium in Brazil.
The Manchester United star has also set his sights on a return to the country in 12 months time, when the Three Lions will hope to challenge for the World Cup trophy.
Rooney got on the scoresheet midway through the second-half, giving his country a brief lead after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had canceled out Fred’s opener.
Paulinho did grab an 82nd minute equaliser to deny England a famous win, but that didn’t take the gloss of a wonderful experience for Rooney, who enjoyed scoring in such a brilliant stadium.
He told his official Facebook page: “Great experience to score in the opening game at the new Maracana. Hope to be back there next year!”
Rooney has now scored in four consecutive away internationals for Roy Hodgson’s side, and will hope to continue that run the next time England are on their travels – in a World Cup Group H qualifier against Ukraine.
Before that, the Three Lions host Moldova at Wembley as they battle Montenegro for top spot and a guaranteed place at next summer’s showpiece event.