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Frank Lampard hails Wayne Rooney's Brazil strike

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Frank Lampard has ranked Wayne Rooney's strike in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Brazil in Rio de Janiero alongside that scored by John Barnes in the same stadium some 29 years before it.

Rooney put England in front after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had cancelled out the opener from Fred with a glorious finish - picking the ball up some 30 yards from goal and curling in a wonderful effort from the edge of the box.

It was a goal, says Lampard, that deserves the same recognition as the one netted by Barnes in the Maracana in 1984 - a solo strike regarded to be one of the best to be scored by an England player on international duty.

Lampard also reserved praise for the equaliser from Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fired in an expert low drive that sailed into the bottom corner and beyond the reach of Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

"He [Rooney] is up there with Barnes now because of the quality of the goal and Ox deserves credit as well for his goal," Lampard told reporters after the game.

"The shine has been taken off that it wasn’t a winning goal but it doesn’t matter too much.

Although England were disappointed not to clinch victory following Rooney's stunner, Lampard claims there are plenty of positives to be taken from the performance against one of the favourites to win next summer's World Cup.

"We wanted to win but there is a lot of credit to be taken from the performance. The big games [World Cup qualifiers] are the ones that are coming up that we need points from," he added.

"I think we are in good shape. I feel confident. I think it’s up to us where we go from here. We need to keep improving.

"We keep talking about the youngsters, they are pivotal in us moving forward with the young blood coming in, it brings energy in. I think we are moving forward but it's up to us now to go and show it. We keep talking about it but we need to go and show it next year."

Watch Wayne Rooney's goal against Brazil in the video above.

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