Alex Oxlade Chamberlain capped off a stunning England team goal v Brazil in 2013

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When it comes to international football, everyone's second team are Brazil.

The South American nation have been virtually the Harlem Globetrotters of the international scene over the years, winning five World Cups.

England have never really been able to match them, losing 1-0 v the Selecao in the group stage of the 1970 World Cup and 2-1 in that memorable quarter-final during the 2002 tournament.

Aside from four competitive meetings - the other two coming in 1958 and 1962 - England and Brazil have only played in friendly situations and will meet under these circumstances once again tonight at Wembley.

The two nations met twice back in 2013 and England actually emerged victorious, winning 2-1 at Wembley and earning a credible 2-2 draw in the Maracana.

In that meeting in Brazil, a young Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain was given a vote of confidence and he certainly showed some of the enormous potential he possesses.


Fred had given Brazil the lead and then halfway through the second half, England done a great impression of their opponents to level the game.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was at the centre of it, offloading the ball to Frank Lampard who fed Wayne Rooney and he simply teed up the winger to fire home expertly from 25 yards.

It has to be one of England's most underrated goals in modern times.


Rooney himself would go on to put the Three Lions 2-1 up on the night, courtesy of a deflected long-range strike.

It looked as if they were going to achieve victory, however, Paulinho equalised in the dying minutes.



After the result, news surfaced that Mark Chamberlain - the Ox's father - actually missed what is still probably his son's finest moment in a Three Lions jersey.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "I didn't see it. I was dropping his mother off at the airport at 6am this morning so I fell asleep."

But he added: "I've had loads of texts saying it was a fantastic goal."

Ironically, Mark was part of the England side who actually won at the Maracana in 1984, a fixture famed for John Barnes' outrageous solo effort.

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