Clive Brunskill

International friendlies: England beat Brazil, Argentina down Sweden

A second-half winner from Frank Lampard saw the Three Lions down an off-colour Brazil at Wembley Stadium, but Argentina impressed in a 3-2 win against Sweden.

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Germany hit back to beat France

Mathieu Valbuena gave France the lead against Germany, but Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira hit back to give die Mannschaft the victory.


Italy get late equaliser against the Netherlands

Marco Verratti scored a late equaliser to give Italy a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands, after Jeremain Lens had put them in the lead.


Argentina solid in win over Sweden

Alejandro Sabella appears to have his selection down perfectly. He picked the same midfield and attack he's used in recent qualifying matches, and they were solid in a win over Sweden.


England defeat Brazil at Wembley

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard ensured that the Three Lions beat out Brazil in a thrilling international friendly at a packed Wembley.


Pedro's second half brace leads Spain over Uruguay

Tied 1-1 after an entertaining first 45 minutes, Spain exerted their dominance on Uruguay as Pedro scored twice to give Spain a 3-1 friendly victory over Uruguay


Netherlands vs. Italy: Lineups

The Netherlands have named a highly experimental lineup as they take on Italy.

A lot of young players have been chosen in the Dutch lineup, with Kevin Strootman, Jordy Clasie and Adam Maher making up a youthful midfield, while Ola John and Jeremain Lens play either side of one of the few veterans, Robin van Persie, in the front three.

Italy, meanwhile, opt for Antonio Candreva ahead of Alessandro Diamanta on the left of a narrow front three. Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli are the other two in their attacking trident. Ignazio Abate is chosen at left-back, while Riccardo Montolivo plays alongside Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Pirlo in midfield.

Netherlands (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Stefan De Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Daley Blind; Kevin Strootman, Jordy Clasie, Adam Maher; Ola John, Robin Van Persie, Jeremain Lens

Italy (4-3-3): Gianluigi Buffon; Ignazio Abate, Davide Astori, Andrea Barzagli, Davide Santon; Daniele De Rossi, Andrea Pirlo, Riccardo Montolivo; Antonio Candreva, Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy


France vs. Germany: Lineups

Mathieu Valbuena and Laurent Koscielny start for France as they look to continue their good form against Germany.

Valbuena is something of a surprise inclusion ahead of Jeremy Menez, while Koscielny is preferred to partner Mamadou Sakho rather than Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Three of his magpies teammates start, however, with Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye all in the starting lineup.

Germany meanwhile opt for Ilkay Gundogan in their double-pivot at the expense of Toni Kroos, with Sami Khedira his midfield partner. Lukas Podolski starts ahead of Andre Schurrle on the left wing, with Thomas Muller on the right. Benedikt Howedes also starts at left-back in the absence of Marcel Schmelzer.

France (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny, Mamadou Sakho, Patrice Evra; Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi, Moussa Sissoko; Mathieu Valbuena, Franck Ribery; Karim Benzema.

Germany (4-2-3-1): Rene Adler; Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Höwedes; Sami Khedira, Ilkay Gündogan; Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski; Mario Gomez.


Sweden vs. Argentina: Lineups

Both Sweden and Argentina line up largely as expected but with a couple of twists for either team.

For the hosts, Tobias Hysen leads the line in Johan Elmander's stead, partnering Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The rest of the team is not too unusual, with Fulham youngster Alexander Kacaniklic keeping his place in the team on the left wing. Sebastian Larsson continues on the right, with Anders Svensson and Kim Kallstrom in central midfield.

Argentina opt for Federico Fernandez to partner Ezequiel Garay in defence, but the most unusual selection is the choice of Hugo Campagnaro at left-back. Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero make up the attacking trident behind Gonzalo Higuain.

Sweden (4-4-1-1): Andreas Isaksson; Mikael Lustig, Andreas Granqvist, Jonas Olsson, Martin Olsson; Sebastian Larsson, Anders Svensson, Kim Kallstrom, Alexander Kacaniklic; Zlatan Ibrahimovic; Tobias Hysen.

Argentina (4-2-3-1): Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay, Federico Fernandez, Hugo Campagnaro; Fernando Gago, Javier Mascherano; Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero; Gonzalo Higuain.


England vs. Brazil: Lineups

No huge surprises are in store in terms of lineups as England take on Brazil at Wembley. Without much in the way of a midfield, Roy Hodgson's been forced to throw Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard and Tom Cleverley into a trio behind Wayne Rooney. Danny Welbeck gets the nod ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left, but in general the Three Lions are more or less as expected.

Luis Felipe Scolari and Brazil are also as expected, mostly because they announced their lineups yesterday and appear to be mostly in this to have a good time. They should also be in a 4-3-3, with Corinthians man Paulinho anchoring midfield behind a dangerous attack that somehow manages to feature both Neymar and Ronaldinho.

England starting lineup (4-3-3): Joe Hart; Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Glen Johnson; Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, Tom Cleverley; Daniel Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott.

Brazil starting lineup (4-3-3): Julio Cesar; Adriano, David Luiz, Dante, Dani Alves; Paulinho, Ramires, Oscar; Neymar, Luis Fabiano, Ronaldinho.


Experimental teams for Spain, Uruguay

Spain are, once again, playing without a real striker. They're also not playing with two obvious pivot midfielders or three obvious central midfielders, so Cesc Fabregas isn't a lock to play as the "false nine". He looks more likely to play in the midfield, based on this selection. Juan Mata, Pedro or Santi Cazorla look like they're getting a run in the role. Carles Puyol returns to the team, alongside Sergio Ramos, and Victor Valdes starts in goal in the absence of Iker Casillas.

Uruguay's team shape isn't entirely obvious either, but it looks like a 4-4-2. Don't be shocked if they switch to a back three, with Nicolas Lodeiro moving farther forward and Christian Rodriguez operating as a left wingback.

Spain starting lineup (4-3-3): Victor Valdes; Jordi Alba, Carles Puyol, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta; Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta; Pedro, Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla

Uruguay starting lineup (4-4-2): Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Maxi Pereira; Nicolas Lodeiro, Alvaro Gonzalez, Diego Perez, Christian Rodriguez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez


England vs. Brazil: Preview and TV schedule

Want to watch Neymar and Ronaldinho take on the Three Lions? Here's how.


Time for a bit of Samba action in England

Ronaldinho and Neymar and Oscar, oh my! Wednesday will see Roy Hogdson's rather dour England side take on a Selecao squad that seems to be looking for entertainment over a big result.


A youthful tint to Holland - Italy

While Holland crashed out of Euro 2012 in the group stages, Italy exceeded expectations by making it all the way to the final. Yet both sides must examine their weaknesses, letting go of the old guard and giving youth a chance to shine.


Spain and Uruguay will produce goals...probably.

Uruguay and Spain travel to Qatar for a friendly that could give Uruguay's struggling World Cup qualifying campaign a kick start


France look to continue resurgence against Germany

Didier Deschamps' France have enjoyed some good results recently and may be looking the real deal ahead of 2014, but will have a difficult test against Germany.

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