International friendlies: latest scores and updates

Live text commentary as England beat Brazil at Wembley, while Wales and Scotland win and Northern Ireland draw with Malta.

6 February 2013 Last updated at 23:02

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  1. 2204: 

    So that is it from us for an evening. For all the latest reaction keep your eyes peeled on the BBC Sport website. Our next live offering comes on Friday night, so join us there.

    Over and out.

  2. 2203: 
    FULL-TIME- Republic of Ireland 2-0 Poland

    Ciaran Clark and Wes Hoolahan scored their first senior international goals to hand the Republic of Ireland a morale-boosting victory over Poland.

  3. 2200: 
    FULL-TIME- Scotland 1-0 Estonia

    Charlie Mulgrew's first international goal was enough to defeat Estonia, but Scotland's victory was more commanding than the scoreline suggests.

  4. 2200: 
    FULL-TIME- Wales 2-1 Austria

    Gareth Bale inspired Wales to only their second win in seven games under manager Chris Coleman.

  5. 2159: 
    FULL-TIME- England 2-1 Brazil

    England secured their first win over Brazil for 23 years as Frank Lampard's spectacular strike gave them victory at Wembley.

  6. 2157: 
    FULL-TIME- Malta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland made it four draws in a row in a disappointing game in Malta, as they rarely looked like winning their first away friendly since 2006.

  7. 2156: 

    So all in all a very good evening for our sides - here's a recap of what happened...

  8. 2154: 
    Wales 2-1 Austria

    Wales' Gareth Bale speaking to Sky Sports: "It is important to get a a victory, especially at home and hopefully that will give us confidence heading into the qualifiers. We know Scotland is a massive game. We have not had the start to our campaign that we would have wanted, but we are going to fight all the way to get as many wins as we can."

    Gareth Bale
  9. 2151: 
    Wales 2-1 Austria

    BBC Sport's Dewi Hughes at Liberty Stadium: "Far from a convincing performance from Wales, with their inability to keep possession preventing them from subjecting Austria to any sustained pressure. But victory will restore some confidence before next month's World Cup qualifiers, and in Gareth Bale they have a player capable of hurting any opposition."

  10. 2151: 
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    Amir Mahmud on Twitter: "Best I've seen England play in a looong time, far more entertaining than in the past few years!"

    Henry Taylor-Gill on Twitter: "Doesn't matter that England beats the big teams in friendlies if they lose to them in tournaments."

  11. 2150: 
    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney is now within seven goals of Michael Owen in the all-time goal list. Will he catch Bobby Charlton?

    49 - Bobby Charlton

    48 - Gary Lineker

    44 - Jimmy Greaves

    40 - Michael Owen

    33 - Wayne Rooney

  12. 2148: 
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    Johnny Magrinho on Twitter: "Neymar has nothing to prove to anybody. The lad is class. Just because he doesn't score against England means he's overrated?!?"

  13. 2148: 
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    Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira's 71st-minute goal has put Germany 2-1 ahead against France to silence the home fans in Paris.

    Dries Mertens has restored Belgium's 2-1 lead against Slovakia with a 90th-minute strike, three minutes after Richard Lasik had found the net for the visitors.

  14. 2145: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "8 - Scotland have faced Estonia eight times in all competitions and are yet to lose (W6 D2). Unblemished."

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    I've just had a look at the line-up of the England team which beat Brazil in 1990. Strong. Very strong.

    Peter Shilton; Gary Stevens, Stuart Pearce, Steve McMahon, Des Walker, Terry Butcher, David Platt, Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley, Gary Lineker, John Barnes.

    Gazza came on as a sub.

  16. 2141: 
    FULL-TIME- Republic of Ireland 2-0 Poland
  17. 2139: 
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    Jim Atkins on Twitter: "Just a friendly, but not exactly a weak Brazil team so really positive performance. Got to sort out defensive mistakes though."

    Craig Boyle on Twitter: "Neymar needs to move to Europe and/or do it consistently at a World Cup for me to pass judgement. Been so so when I've seen him."

    Vincent Wood on Twitter: "I hear England fans are getting excited about a friendly win over a sub-par Brazil team. Will they never learn?"

  18. 2138: 
    England 2-1 Brazil

    England goalscorer Frank Lampard: "Jack Wilshere is a fantastic player, his technical ability, his quality on the ball, he is going to be a massive player for England and in the world. The important thing now is consistency in the group matches. We can't get carried away but it's a long time since we beat Brazil so it's a lovely feeling."

  19. 2138: 

    British football is back...

  20. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Scotland 1-0 Estonia
  21. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Wales 2-1 Austria
  22. 2136: 
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    Tom a Liverpool fan on text via 81111: "Jack Wilshire reminds me of Yaya Toure the way he runs from deep, dragging players with him. Difference is, he uses grace rather than brute force. What a player he already is."

  23. 2134: 
    England 2-1 Brazil

    England match-winner Frank Lampard: "The lads who completed 90 minutes deserve a lot of credit because Brazil can't half move the ball. We've played some very good games against lesser opposition, we had to work hard and they missed chances, but we did well and we could have scored more."

  24. 2132:  
    Former England international and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "A win is a win... Even when you play one of the minnows of world football."

  25. 2131: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Into the final few minutes for Wales, Scotland and Republic of Ireland. Can they all hang on for a win?

  26. 2131: 
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    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo levels things up against Ecuador, cancelling out a goal by Antonia Valencia. Valencia was signed by Manchester United just a few days after Ronaldo left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in summer 2009.

    Marco Verratti's 90th-minute strike has pulled back parity for Italy, making it 1-1 against the Netherlands late on.

  27. 2130: 

    That's coming from a man who took Neil Webb, Carlton Palmer and David Batty to Euro 92...

    In all seriousness though, is Gerrard, Cleverley and Wilshere the answer? What about Lampard?

  28. 2129:  
    Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Over the years, you have to be strong in midfield. The three that started the game - Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere and Tom Cleverley - are as strong as I have seen in the modern day.

    "They need to get experience playing together in subsequent games."

  29. 2128: 
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    Grant Dommen on Twitter: "Err, Wilshere MOTM? Without Hart this game was done and dusted. Still, good to see a confident England team."

    Sam Woods on Twitter: "Writing off Neymar, after one game. The fickle nature of English fans never ceases to amaze me."

    Simon Burbage on Twitter: "This year we've drawn with France, beaten Spain, and now Brazil. Who's next?"

  30. 2127:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Wembley:

    "England can take confidence from only their fourth win against Brazil. And the biggest plus was the performance of Jack Wilshere. Manager Roy Hodgson will be delighted to have him back at his disposal."

  31. 2126: 
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    Mike in Wimbledon on text via 81111: "I know its only a friendly but Brazil lack both physicality and leadership now that Lucio is not at centre-back."

  32. 2125: 
    FULL-TIME- England 2-1 Brazil

    That's it. The first win over Brazil since 1990.

  33. 2124:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "England have done incredibly well. Brazil have not been at their best, but in turn, England have not allowed them to be.

    "Gary Cahill could have collapsed, and it was a poor mistake for the equaliser, but he has bounced back well and that is a fantastic sign for the future. He might get a little bit of stick for the mistake, but he will be better for it."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  34. 2123: 
    GOAL- Republic of Ireland 2-0 Poland - Wes Hoolahan (76 mins)

    Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan has his first goal for his country, and it's a cracker too as he controls Jeff Hendrick's pass on his chest before slipping into the corner.

  35. 2122: 
    Wales 2-1 Austria

    BBC Sport's Dewi Hughes at Liberty Stadium: "Wales have looked vulnerable all night from crosses and this time there's no escape as Marc Janko buries his header from Marko Arnautovic's cross. The home side will do well to hold out from here."

  36. 2121: 
    England 2-1 Brazil

    Jack Wilshere is named as England's man of the match as we enter the final minute. Only a fourth ever win against Brazil on the cards...

  37. 2120: 
    Scotland 1-0 Estonia

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie: "As is often the case in such games, the tempo and flow of the match has rather dipped in the second half, with both teams making several changes. But these changes are perhaps more valuable tonight than they would normally be for the Scotland manager, as Gordon Strachan has a brief glimpse of a few more players before the competitive action begins next month against Wales."

  38. 2119: 
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    Christopher Jones on Twitter: "Neymar has an incredible reputation but has done nothing at all tonight to impress his European suitors."

    Jamie Pritchard on Twitter: "Hello Mr Rooney where have you been for England since Euro 2004? Great performance tonight."

  39. 2118: 
    GOAL- Wales 2-1 Austria - Marc Janko (75 mins)

    Austria pull one back in Swansea, Marc Janko rising to head home a neat cross from Marko Arnautovic.

  40. 2116: 
    AFRICA NATIONS LATEST

    Burkina Faso beat Ghana 3-2 on penalties and will play Nigeria in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

  41. 2115: 
    CLOSE!- England 2-1 Brazil

    First real attack from Brazil in a while as Oscar and Lucas link up nicely down England's left, with Lucas picking out Fred in the middle. The big man can't sort his feet out though and treads on the ball before seeing his left-footed shot squirm wide.

  42. 2113: 
    England 2-1 Brazil

    As ever, a raft of substitutions as rather taken the sting out of this game as we enter the final 10 minutes. Certainly since Theo Walcott was removed the pace of the game has dropped. Aaron Lennon is no slouch but he's not seen the ball.

  43. 2113: 
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    Joel Dudfield on Twitter: "Think it's pretty obvious that the World Cup semi-finalists will be England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland..."

    John M on Twitter: "England's issue in major tournaments is that others play at a higher level than compared to friendlies. This game means nothing."

    Xavatron on Twitter: "Don't ignore the Wales game! A really good performance so far, Gareth Bale the star, but Ashley Williams showing his class once again."

  44. 2112: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Scotland 1-0 Estonia

    Kenny Miller comes on for his 66th cap in place of Sunderland's Steven Fletcher.

  45. 2110:  
    Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "You look at Brazil and you fall into the idea they are fantastic players, but most of the time it has been England mistakes which have led to chances. It has been an encouraging performance on a friendly level."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  46. 2110: 
    SUBSTITUTION- England 2-1 Brazil

    Miranda is on for David Luiz as QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar takes the captain's armband. Just over 10 minutes remain.

  47. 2109: 
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    John in Manchester on text via 81111: "Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale competing for best British player tonight. Both got a goal and an assist so far..."

  48. 2108: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Scotland 1-0 Estonia

    West Brom's James Morrison and Wigan's James McArthur enter the fray. Stoke's Charlie Adam and Celtic's Scott Brown make way.

  49. 2108: 
    Wales 2-0 Austria

    BBC Sport's Dewi Hughes: "The Liberty Stadium stand as one to cheer Gareth Bale off the pitch as he is replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu. A tough act to follow for the Reading winger."

  50. 2107: 
    England 2-1 Brazil

    There is a crowd of 87,483 at Wembley tonight, the sixth highest attendance at the stadium. It looked pretty sparse at kick-off but certainly filled up quickly.

  51. 2107: 
    SUBSTITUTION- England 2-1 Brazil

    Aaron Lennon is on for Theo Walcott - who will be pleased with that display. He looked a real threat all night.

  52. 2106:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "England are looking to hurt Brazil. If the result stays the same, they will have beaten Spain and Brazil, as well as drawn with France.

    "What is the issue in major tournaments? Why do we fall apart when it counts?"

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  53. 2104: 
    England 2-1 Brazil

    Neymar hasn't been up to much so far tonight, perhaps Lee has hit the nail on the head there. I have to say this has been a very impressive display by England - as friendlies go. Frank Lampard and James Milner both dance into the area after some neat passing moves but neither can find a killer pass.

    With just over 15 minutes left, is it time for some more changes?

  54. 2104: 
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    Lee Scott on Twitter: "People giving grief to Neymar need to realise that it was his 21st birthday yesterday - obviously had a few last night!"

  55. 2102: 
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    Jordan in Northampton on text via 81111: "For the past few months my housemates have debated who we'd rather have in their prime, Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard. Its been escalating throughout, and then he goes and does that!"

  56. 2102: 
    AFRICAN NATIONS

    The second semi-final has gone to penalties between Burkino Faso and Ghana. Follow the shoot-out in a live text commentary.

  57. 2100: 
    England 2-1 Brazil

    This is apparently the first time England have scored twice past Brazil since 1984 - the year of that jinking classic from Johnny Barnes...

  58. 2100: 
    Scotland 1-0 Estonia

    Scotland's Steven Naismith looks a threat at the start of the second half. The Everton midfielder threads two passes through in quick succession for Robert Snodgrass and then Jordan Rhodes, but both strikers are out-muscled by Estonian defenders out at the crucial moment.

    Steven Naismith
  59. 2058: 
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    Joel Sparks on Twitter: " A goal and an assist by Wayne Rooney now. It is tiresome the number of times he has to silence the doubters. The man is world class."

    Edmund Allen on Twitter: "Good goal by Frank Lampard but he is over the hill, time to put him in the retirement home."

    Hishaam Habib on Twitter: "Lampard and Steven Gerrard definitely still have a lot to offer for England."

  60. 2058: 
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    After taking 26 minutes to get a shot away against Germany, France have taken the lead out in Paris with Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena opening the scoring against Germany.

    Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has put Ecuador 1-0 ahead in only the second minute against Portugal.

    Luke Wilkshire, formerly of Middlesbrough and Bristol City, now of Dynamo Moscow, has scored from the spot on the stroke of half-time to level things at 1-1 for Australia against Romania.

  61. 2058: 

    Former England and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler on Twitter: "In his last life Lamps was a striker.... What a great finish, had a bit of everything that, style, composure...."

  62. 2055: 
    SUBSTITUTION- England 2-1 Brazil

    England made a change in the aftermath of that Frank Lampard goal - it's James Milner on for Danny Welbeck.

  63. 2056: 
    GOAL- Wales 2-0 Austria - Sam Vokes (52 mins)

    Goal? Check. Assist? Check.

    Gareth Bale chalks up another statistic, crossing from the right for Sam Vokes to get his neck behind it and thump in a classic centre-forward's header into the net. Bang.

  64. 2054:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Wembley:England 2-1 Brazil

    "Wembley rises to Frank Lampard. What a knack for goalscoring he has - England have responded really well to Brazil's equaliser."

  65. 2054: 
    KICK-OFF- Republic of Ireland 1-0 Poland
  66. 2054: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mark Walker on Twitter: "Rooney to Lampard. Sounds interesting, Sir Alex?"

  67. 2054:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "That is how to finish. How Chelsea can even think about getting rid of Frank Lampard for footballing reasons is beyond me.

    "He guarantees you at least 10 Premier League goals a season and can still score top international goals."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    Frank Lampard
  68. 2051: 
    GOAL- England 2-1 Brazil - Frank Lampard (60 mins)

    Give him a new contract... Frank Lampard is at it again! This time it's a Brazilian defensive error as Arouca tries a cushioned pass to Paulinho but it is nabbed by Wayne Rooney. His lay-off to Lampard is nice and the Chelsea man finds a sensational finish, clipping a shot in off the inside of the post from 20 yards. His 27th goal for his country, which puts him level with David Platt.

    Frank Lampard
  69. 2051:  
    Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think this game has changed in the dressing rooms. I am convinced the Brazil players were told at half-time this is not a normal friendly and they needed to up the tempo."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  70. 2050: 
    England 1-1 Brazil

    England have regrouped after that wobbly spell - Theo Walcott beats his man beautifully down the right and fires it in, Julio Cesar does well again to get a strong wrist to the ball and push it out but Frank Lampard can't quite reach it.

  71. 2049: 
    KICK-OFF- Wales 1-0 Austria
  72. 2049: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Scotland 1-0 Estonia

    Scotland make two changes at the break with Shaun Maloney and Chris Burke taken off for Jordan Rhodes and Robert Snodgrass.

  73. 2049: 
    KICK-OFF- Scotland 1-0 Estonia
  74. 2048:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "We need to get a feel of the ball as Brazil have pressed England very well in the second half. The experienced players like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard need to get hold of it and steady the game."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  75. 2047: 
    GREAT SAVE!- England 1-1 Brazil

    Almost redemption for Gary Cahill, who loses Chelsea team-mate David Luiz from a corner but his header is tipped over by Julio Cesar in the Brazil net. Ten minutes gone on the second period.

  76. 2045: 
    England 1-1 Brazil

    Fred is a big lad, he's stacked it on since I last saw him, but he can't half strike a ball. What an impact from the half-time replacement.

  77. 2044: 
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    Richard in Putney on text via 81111: "Ermmm have England been drinking in celebration at half-time? That's pub football defending..."

  78. 2044: 
    Scotland 1-0 Estonia

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie: "Well that was a pretty decent opening 45 minutes under Gordon Strachan. Bright performances from Chris Burke, Shaun Maloney and Alan Hutton in particular, with Allan McGregor making two excellent saves. I'm sure the Tartan Army aren't getting carried away just yet, but it's a good start."

    You can read full live text commentary of this match here.

  79. 2044:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Gary Cahill got it badly wrong there. Again, England are creating the problems themselves rather than being ripped apart by Brazil."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    Gary Cahill
  80. 2043:  
    Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "This is where you find out a lot about players. Will Gary Cahill rebound from that mistake or not?

    "It is important to learn these things ahead of qualifiers."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  81. 2042: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- England 1-1 Brazil

    Massive case of the jitters in the England defence as Joe Hart this time gives the ball straight to Brazil, Fred shoots again, sweeping a thumping shot against the frame of the goal!

    Fred
  82. 2042: 
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    Tom Phethean on Twitter: "Self destruct button well and truly pushed. That's more like the England we know…"

  83. 2040: 
    GOAL- England 1-1 Brazil - Fred (48 mins)

    England try and play the ball from the back, and it is their downfall as Gary Cahill dribbles the ball out of defence and overruns it - he gifts the ball to Luiz Fabiano and Brazil are in. The ball is played to substitute Fred who takes a touch before smashing in left-footed from 16 yards. Fine strike - woeful defending.

    Fred
  84. 2039: 
    Wales 1-0 Austria

    BBC Sport's Dewi Hughes at Liberty Stadium: "Gareth Bale's brilliance gives Wales a slender lead they hardly looked like protecting as Austria dominated the closing stages of the first half. Excellent set-piece deliveries from Andreas Ivanschitz giving the Welsh defence particular problems."

  85. 2038:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It would have been nice for Ashley Cole to see out the game on his 100th cap, but Roy Hodgson has shown faith in Leighton Baines and wants to give him a run-out."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  86. 2038: 
    CLOSE!- England 1-0 Brazil

    England almost get a very early second goal. Steven Gerrard sends in a dipping strike from 20 yards which Julio Cesar can only spill out, Jack Wilshere is in for the loose ball but he can only stab wide under pressure from a defender.

  87. 2037: 
    KICK-OFF- England 1-0 Brazil

    So Ashley Cole's 100th cap is curtailed and the game is back under way.

    The Lucas who is on for Brazil is the one who plays for PSG by the way, not Liverpool.

  88. 2036: 
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    Lee in Glasgow on text via 81111: "Why has Allan Hutton been loaned out by Villa? Looking attack minded and keeping possession for Scotland tonight. Exactly what Aston Villa need."

  89. 2035: 
    SUBSTITUTION- England 1-0 Brazil

    Frank Lampard and Leighton Baines are coming on for Tom Cleverley and Ashley Cole.

    Arouca, Lucas and Fred are all on at the break for Brazil.

  90. 2034:  
    Former England international and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Thoroughly enjoyable first half. England playing with greater fluidity with this system. Suspect though at the back. Rather like Brazil."

  91. 2033: 
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    PaulRobinson97 on Twitter: "0-0 with Malta, get Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neil out, he played a defensive team against a weaker team, disgrace. He's got to go!"

  92. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Wales 1-0 Austria
  93. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Scotland 1-0 Estonia
  94. 2032: 

    When was the last time England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland were all winning?

  95. 2029: 
    Scotland 1-0 Estonia

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie: "That set-piece was made at Celtic's Lennoxtown training ground. Charlie Mulgrew scored an identical goal for his club earlier this season and Celtic have tried it a number of times.

    "It looks like he's brought the idea to the national set-up. It worked a treat."

  96. 2029:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Wembley:

    "Jack Wilshere's display really eye-catching. Excellent."

    Jack Wilshere
  97. 2028:  
    Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at Ta'Qali National StadiumMalta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    "Northern Ireland's winless run has stretched to 12 games. Michael O'Neill's side had the majority of possession - particularly in this second half - but they didn't test the Maltese keeper enough tonight. Next up is Russia in Belfast.

    "For the Northern Ireland fans its been a 4,000-mile round trip here to Malta, a long way to travel for a scoreless draw."

  98. 2025: 
    GOAL- Scotland 1-0 Estonia - Charlie Mulgrew (39 mins)

    The goals are flying in. Scotland score with one off the training ground, as Charlie Adam shapes to deliver a cross from a free-kick but instead squares it to Charlie Mulgrew, who buries a low shot with his trusty left peg. Game on for Gordon Strachan's men.

  99. 2024: 
    GOAL- Republic of Ireland 1-0 Poland - Ciaran Clark (35)

    Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark drills the Republic ahead after a scramble from a set-piece.

  100. 2023:  
    Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "On his 100th cap, Ashley Cole's Chelsea team-mate Oscar is causing him some real problems. He is getting the best out of him, and it is not going exactly how Ashley would have wanted it."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  101. 2022: 
    FULL-TIME- Malta 0-0 Northern Ireland
  102. 2021: 

    They do Carl, they really do. That was the best 45 minutes since, well, er, I'm not sure - second half against Sweden in the Euros?

  103. 2021: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Carl in Wokingham on text via 81111: "I went for a power nap before the game... Think I must still be dreaming. England look GOOD against Brazil."

  104. 2021: 
    BEST OF THE REST

    PSV's Jeremain Lens has opened the scoring in the Amsterdam Arena, putting the Netherlands 1-0 ahead against Italy.

    There are a host of Premier League-based stars in action as France face Germany in Paris. Six of the Les Bleus' starting line-up - Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, Arsenal pair Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna, Newcastle duo Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye and Manchester United's Patrice Evra - ply their trade in England. Lukas Podolski of Arsenal lines up opposite. Goalless there after 20 minutes.

  105. 2020: 
    Scotland 0-0 Estonia

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie: "Gordon Strachan's been standing - arms folded - on the touchline for the opening half-hour of this match, soaking up every detail of his side's performance. For the most part, I think he'll be quite pleased, particularly with the way Alan Hutton and Chris Burke are linking down the right. Could do with a goal though."

    Gordon Strachan
  106. 2020:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Wembley:England 1-0 Brazil

    "England lead after an entertaining first 45 minutes. The highlight for manager Roy Hodgson will have been the performance of Jack Wilshere."

  107. 2019: 
    HALF-TIME- England 1-0 Brazil
  108. 2018:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "We have not been torn apart at any time by Brazil, it is not like some slick passing or skill has led to a chance. The opportunities have come from a lack of concentration or a little slip, and those things can be corrected.

    "This has been very encouraging for England."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  109. 2017: 
    GREAT SAVE!- England 1-0 Brazil

    Theo Walcott appears to have shaken off that knock, and he gets a shot away from a tight angle which Julio Cesar palms to safety. The QPR man is in inspired form at the moment.

  110. 2016:  
    Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at Ta'Qali National StadiumMalta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    "We are into the last five minutes here now. Northern Ireland looking for their first win in 12 games. They've only had one win in their last 20 outings. Celtic's Paddy McCourt has come on as a substitute, he's seen a lot of the ball playing a role behind the strikers, but he hasn't been able to produce a defence-splitting pass yet."

  111. 2016: 
    CLOSE!- Scotland 0-0 Estonia

    Some lovely trickery on the right wing from Chris Burke as he turns Estonian left-back Taijo Teniste one way and then the other. He finishes by hanging a high cross to the back post where Steven Fletcher connects, but heads over.

    Then Shaun Maloney surges through the middle and fires in a low left-footed shot from 20 yards which Estonian keeper Sergei Pareiko palms away to safety.

  112. 2016: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Scam_82 on Twitter: "Gareth Bale, the first player to carry club and country on his back?"

  113. 2015: 
    England 1-0 Brazil

    Just five minutes of the half left at Wembley, in what has been a very entertaining friendly.

  114. 2014: 
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    Matt on text via 81111: "Well Neymar, you say we don't have any match winners but I'm pretty sure even goalkeeper Joe Hart would have finished that."

  115. 2014:  
    Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "The three man central midfield for England looks very good. Steven Gerrard is playing a deep-lying role, and in the final years of his England career, that could be the position for him."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  116. 2011: 

    Everton captain and former England international Phil Neville on Twitter: "Great goal Wayne Rooney. Jack Wilshere looks a top top player to me!"

  117. 2011: 
    BEST OF THE REST

    The match between Argentina and Sweden has burst into life with three goals in six minutes. West Brom defender Jonas Olsson levelled the match at 1-1, but strikes from Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain have moved Argentina 3-1 clear.

    Another Premier League star, Eden Hazard of Chelsea, has slotted home from the spot to put Belgium ahead against Slovakia.

  118. 2010: 
    CLOSE!- England 1-0 Brazil

    Oooohh Neymar! What a ball in this is as well, Oscar chesting the ball down on the right wing and whipping it into the corridor of uncertainty. Joe Hart doesn't know whether to stick or twist and Neymar should convert it, sliding in at the back post only to slice it over the bar. Brilliant play from Oscar.

  119. 2009:  
    Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at Ta'Qali National StadiumMalta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    "Malta's best chance of the game. Their record scorer Michael Mifsud breaks into the penalty area on the right-hand side and Alan Mannus, making his first start for Northern Ireland, does well to narrow the angle. Mifsud's shot is deflected by Mannus out for a corner."

  120. 2008: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Alex Osborn on Twitter: "Great to see Jack Wilshere and Tom Cleverley linking up nicely, much more direct and creative than the old pairing of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard."

    Barnaby Mollett on Twitter: "Wilshere's driving Brazil nuts here - reading the game very well. Cracking performance so far. Really come out of his shell."

    Daniel Wright on Twitter: "Look people we're beating Brazil in a pointless friendly. Can only mean one thing. We're going to win the next World Cup."

  121. 2007: 
    GOAL- Wales 1-0 Austria - Gareth Bale (21 mins)

    My word this boy is in form! Joe Allen lifts the ball over the top of the Austrian defence, Gareth Bale kills it with a wonderful first touch before driving inside on to his favoured left foot and steering home his seventh goal in his last nine internationals.

    Gareth Bale
  122. 2005:  
  123. 2004: 
    England 1-0 Brazil

    'The Great Escape' is booming around Wembley now from the brass band. England have been very lively since that penalty save from Joe Hart. Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere have this game by the scruff of the neck right now.

  124. 2003:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Wembley:England 1-0 Brazil

    "Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has been prominent in England's bright attacking start. Now really starting to make up for that lost time with club and country."

  125. 2003: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam Crichard on Twitter: "Great ball from Jack Wilshere! You what Neymar? Wayne Rooney!"

  126. 2002: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Scotland 0-0 Estonia

    Estonian left-back Taijo Teniste finds himself far up the flank and cuts inside to unleash a sizzling 25-yard drive which Allan McGregor does well to divert for a corner. Decent opening 10 minutes at Pittodrie.

  127. 2002: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Caspar in Radley on text via 81111: "Rooooooooooonnnnnnneyyyyy!!!"

  128. 2001: 
    England 1-0 Brazil

    Theo Walcott drives at the Brazil defence again before pulling up. He took a whack in the build-up to that Wayne Rooney goal and he needs treatment again now. Let's hope he can stay fit.

  129. 2000:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "What a fantastic follow-up from Wayne Rooney. He kept his cool and slotted it through a few players.

    "That is what we need to see more of from England, the whole team putting together great moves."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    Wilshere and Rooney
  130. 1959: 
    GOAL- England 1-0 Brazil - Wayne Rooney (27 mins)

    England have been very bright since conceding that penalty. Jack Wilshere slots a lovely pass in behind Adriano, Theo Walcott sees his low shot brilliantly saved by the legs of Julio Cesar and Wayne Rooney sweeps the loose ball in from the edge of the box.

    Cracking goal.

    Wayne Rooney
  131. 1959:  
    Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at Ta'Qali National StadiumMalta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    "Billy McKay - who has scored 21 goals for Inverness this season - has come on in place of Newcastle's Shane Ferguson. Northern Ireland are playing with a more attacking line-up now."

  132. 1958: 
    England 0-0 Brazil

    Gary Lineker of course missed a spot-kick against Brazil in - I think - 1992. It would have tied him on goals with Sir Bobby Charlton as well. A costly miss...

  133. 1958:  
    Former England international and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Can you imagine what it must be like missing a penalty at Wembley in a game between England and Brazil? Oh the shame!"

  134. 1957:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Wembley:

    "England goalkeeper Joe Hart excelled himself twice by not only saving Ronaldinho's penalty but recovering so quickly to scoop away the rebound. Very lively start at Wembley."

  135. 1956: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Benjamin Swanson on Twitter: "Excellent from Joe Hart, second safe was something' else. Great follow up from Tom Cleverley too."

    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "Just about to tweet saying Ronaldinho has still got it, after that penalty clearly he hasn't. Awful. Good save but poor penalty."

    Owen Philip on Twitter: "Great double save by Hart but even better by Cleverley. Getting back to help his goalkeeper when everyone else switched off."

  136. 1956: 
    BEST OF THE REST

    We are under way in the evening's match between Sweden and Argentina, where Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic both start. The South Americans have taken the lead through an own goal by Celtic's Mikael Lustig.

    It is scoreless in the match between Netherlands and Italy while France v Germany in Paris is a 2000 GMT kick-off.

    By the way it looks like things got a little feisty out in Seville, where Ukraine had defender Vitaliy Mandzyuk sent off in the final six minutes of a 2-0 defeat to Norway.

  137. 1955: 
    CLOSE!- England 0-0 Brazil

    Decent game now! England break nicely, Jack Wilshere plays in Danny Welbeck with a cute reverse pass and the striker tries to lift a shot over Julio Cesar with his left foot but gets under the ball and flicks over the crossbar.

    Good chance.

  138. 1955: 
    Wales 0-0 Austria

    BBC Sport's Dewi Hughes at Liberty Stadium: "I've counted 42 Austria supporters who have made the trip to south Wales. They are tucked away in one of the corners behind the goal and surrounded by swathes of empty seats. Let's hope the effort was worth it."

  139. 1954:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It was a poor penalty but the second save was so brave from Joe Hart. He remained so big and strong, well done.

    "For the penalty, the debate about intent always rears its head. But for me, no matter what Jack Wilshere was thinking, the ball was stopped making it into the centre of the penalty area by his hand."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  140. 1953: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Ronaldinho (19 mins)

    Ronaldinho steps up and it's SAVED by Joe Hart.

    Hart dives to his left and makes the stop, before getting up superbly to deny Ronaldinho from the follow-up before Tom Cleverley tackles Neymar on the loose ball. Brilliant double save.

    Joe Hart
  141. 1951: 
    PENALTY TO BRAZIL- England 0-0 Brazil

    Ronaldinho gets the ball out wide, he flips over a cross which hits Jack Wilshere on the arm as he turns his back - penalty given.

  142.   
    Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I am finding it very interesting as Luis Fabiano and Ronaldinho are being left up top all the time by Brazil. The break is on if England do not defend well, even in possession.

    "Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott are on the wings and there is little support for striker Wayne Rooney in the middle."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  143. 1950:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamaraCLOSE!- Malta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    "Ten minutes into the second half and another chance for Northern Ireland. Again it is Niall McGinn, but the Aberdeen player had a fresh-air shot inside the penalty area with a clean sight of goal."

  144. 1948: 
    England 0-0 Brazil

    England keeping the ball well - honestly - as they string together 15 or so passes. The ball is swept out to Theo Walcott hugging the touchline on the right but he loses out to Adriano. Roy Hodgson will be relatively happy with this opening spell.

  145. 1948: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ian in St Anne's on text via 81111: "I've seen some fabulous midfielders for Bolton over the last ten years. Jay Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff to name but two but let me tell you, Jack Wilshere is very very special indeed."

    Paul on text via 81111: "England don't have any true match winners when it comes to important games against top teams. They're all terrible and yes that includes Steven "one decent pass per game" Gerrard. They're all failures and you lot need to wake up."

  146. 1948:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "England are gambling, when they attacked they left three-on-three at the back. Centre-back Gary Cahill strode forward with the ball and no-one covered for him.

    "You cannot afford to do that with Neymar around."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  147. 1947: 
    KICK-OFF- Wales 0-0 Austria

    Also under way at Republic of Ireland v Poland.

  148. 1947: 
    KICK-OFF- Scotland 0-0 Estonia

    The Gordon Strachan era is away...

  149. 1945: 
    CLOSE!- England 0-0 Brazil

    England are struggling to deal with the pace of Neymar. The forward carries the ball down the left on a break and finds Oscar haring towards the box. The Chelsea man has one man over to his right but goes for goal alone, shooting over the top.

  150. 1944: 
    GET INVOLVED

    HarryFisher93 on Twitter: "One quarter of the outfield players starting today play for Chelsea... And people question if they've got the quality."

    Hary Manoharan on Twitter: "Neymar looks so frail. Don't think he has the physicality to survive in the Premier League."

    Cash O'Sullivan on Twitter: "Interesting that all three of Brazil's front three actually play in Brazil. South America on the rise?"

  151. 1942: 
    England 0-0 Brazil

    Wayne Rooney is very much through the middle for England, with Theo Walcott to his right and Danny Welbeck to his left. Steven Gerrard almost finds Walcott at the back post but it is headed clear.

    Rooney then forces Julio Cesar into a superb save from the corner but the whistle had gone for a push. Superb save nonetheless.

  152. 1944: 
    LINE-UPS- Scotland v Estonia (1945 GMT)

    Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Webster, Berra, Mulgrew, Maloney, Brown, Adam, Burke, Naismith, Fletcher. Subs: Gilks, Morrison, Commons, Miller, Bardsley, Rhodes, McArthur, Mackie, Martin, Wallace, Snodgrass, Phillips.

    Estonia: Pareiko, Jaager, Morozov, Klavan, Teniste, Puri, Mosnikov, Vassiljev, Oper, Kink, Ojamaa. Subs: Meerits, Sisov, Rahn, Kruglov, Kams, Luts, Purje, Voskoboinikov, Ahjupera.

    Referee: Clement Turpin (France)

  153. 1942:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Both teams are feeling their way into the game. England have to be careful of Neymar as he has real pace.

    "It is a concern how many centre-back pairings England are going through as we have two important qualifiers coming up. Is Chris Smalling going to be be first-choice for those?"

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  154. 1941: 
    England 0-0 Brazil

    There's that pace from Neymar again - he is in between Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling, and Oscar picks him out with a fine pass over the top. Neymar can't quite gather the ball in though and Cahill is able to sort it out.

  155. 1941:  
    Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at Ta'Qali National StadiumMalta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Manchester United's Jonny Evans has gone off, replaced by Craig Cathcart in central defence. Northern Ireland have immediately had their best chance of the game, Niall McGinn plays a lovely one-two on the edge of the area, but the Malta Goalkeeper Andrew Hogg is quickly out to smother his shot.

  156. 1940: 
    LINE-UPS- Wales v Austria (1945 GMT)

    Wales: Myhill, Matthews, Ricketts, Williams, Ben Davies, Ledley, Allen, Vaughan, Bale, Bellamy, Collison. Subs: Fon Williams, Craig Davies, Richards, Wilson, Gunter, King, Church, Vokes, Robson-Kanu, Brown.

    Austria: Almer, Pogatetz, Suttner, Prodl, Klein, Alaba, Kavlak, Ivanschitz, Arnautovic, Weimann, Janko. Subs: Lindner, Garics, Dragovic, Fuchs, Junuzovic, Sabitzer, Baumgartlinger, Jantscher, Leitgeb, Hosiner, Schiemer, Konigshofer.

    Referee: Menashe Masiah (Israel)

  157. 1939: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Bob in Belfast on text via 81111: "Looking forward to seeing Ashley Cole up against Dani Alves tonight. Two quality full backs. Cole maybe the more complete player in his position but Alves can make overlapping runs all night."

  158. 1938: 
    England 0-0 Brazil

    Neymar is quick. Rapid in fact. He gives Gary Cahill a five-yard start to run on to a pass from Ronaldinho and the Chelsea centre-half only just gets there first, toeing the ball away for a corner. Fairly even opening, it's started at a decent pace.

  159. 1937: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Phil Arundell on Twitter: "The idiots disrupting the minutes silence at the England game should be thrown out. Disgusting!"

  160. 1936: 
    KICK-OFF- Malta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    The second half is under way in Malta. Can we get a goal or two?

  161. 1935: 
    England 0-0 Brazil

    Tom Cleverley swings in an early cross from the right which is towards Wayne Rooney, but David Luiz cuts it out smarty with a header. No danger.

  162. 1935:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I will be very interested to see how Chris Smalling deals with the threat from Neymar. Smalling is very tall but Brazil will be playing to feet, so he will have to be very diligent."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  163. 1934: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Kevin Chadwick on Twitter: "Looking at the Brazil team of today doesn't look impressive whatsoever."

  164. 1933: 
    KICK-OFF- England 0-0 Brazil

    After a rather shoddily observed minute's silence, we are away.

  165. 1933: 
    LINE-UPS- Scotland v Estonia (1945 GMT)

    Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Webster, Berra, Mulgrew, Maloney, Brown, Adam, Burke, Naismith, Fletcher. Subs: Gilks, Morrison, Commons, Miller, Bardsley, Rhodes, McArthur, Mackie, Martin, Wallace, Snodgrass, Phillips.

    Estonia: Pareiko, Jaager, Morozov, Klavan, Teniste, Puri, Mosnikov, Vassiljev, Oper, Kink, Ojamaa. Subs: Meerits, Sisov, Rahn, Kruglov, Kams, Luts, Purje, Voskoboinikov, Ahjupera.

    Referee: Clement Turpin (France)

  166. 1932: 
    LINE-UPS- Republic of Ireland v Poland (1945 GMT)

    Rep of Ireland: Forde, McShane, O'Shea, Clark, Cunningham, Brady, McCarthy, Whelan, McClean, Long, Sammon. Subs: Westwood, Ward, Doyle, Walters, Cox, Hendrick, Green, Andy Keogh, Hoolahan, Richard Keogh, Pearce, Henderson.

    Poland: Boruc, Perquis, Glik, Boenisch, Wawrzyniak, Lukasik, Krychowiak, Blaszczykowski, Obraniak, Pawlowski, Lewandowski. Subs: Szczesny, Komorowski, Celeban, Borysiuk, Wszolek, Mierzejewski, Broz, Grosicki, Milik, Sobiech, Wasilewski, Kazmierczak, Tyton.

    Referee: Sebastien Delferiere (Belgium)

  167. 1931: 
    GET INVOLVED

    ChrisJCurrie on Twitter: "Will always love Ronaldinho. His stay at the top wasn't the longest but by God it was breathtaking. What a player."

    Pasa Mustafa on Twitter: "Despite all the controversy that has surrounded him Ashley Cole is a truly great player and that's from an Arsenal fan."

    Matt Holford on Twitter: "Is no one else considering Brazil's recent form in the last couple years? They may have big names but they misfire frequently."

  168. 1928: 

    That Miranda gets everywhere...

  169. 1927: 
    LINE-UPS- England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    England: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Smalling, Cole, Cleverley, Gerrard, Wilshere, Walcott, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Walker, Butland, Baines, Jagielka, Lescott, Milner, Lampard, Osman, Lennon, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Luiz, Dante, Adriano, Paulinho, Ramires, Ronaldinho, Neymar, Luis Fabiano, Oscar. Subs: Diego Alves, Filipe Luis, Leandro Castan, Miranda, Arouca, Jean, Lucas Moura, Fred, Hulk.

    Referee: Pedro Proenca (Portugal)

  170. 1926: 
    England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    National anthem time - and it's Brazil first. Makes you think of Ayrton Senna doesn't it? A cracker.

    There's a lot of hair in that line-up.

  171. 1926: 
    England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    England manager Roy Hodgson on Ashley Cole winning his 100th cap: "I can't make judgements on the best celebrated or least celebrated player with 100 caps, we are definitely celebrating it. It's a wonderful achievement and it's to be noted, too, that he has started in all of those games and that's not to be sniffed at."

  172. 1926: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Joe in London on text via 81111: "Sandro is a big man missing for Brazil tonight and Spurs in the league. He would know how to break up any play that England might engage in in midfield tonight."

  173. 1925: 
    England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    Ronaldinho is being awarded with a shirt to mark what the Brazilian federation are calling his 100th cap - but official statistics have him on 95 still.

    Steven Gerrard is then rewarded with a golden cap to mark his 100th cap, won in Sweden last November. Shilts hands it over.

    Steven Gerrard
  174. 1923: 
    England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    England manager Roy Hodgson on choosing Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling at centre-back: "To some extent Phil Jagielka is suffering from a slight knock, he could have played but we decided not to risk him.

    "I am very interested to see Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling, they are very athletic players and have the pace to deal with a mobile Brazil side."

  175. 1921: 
    England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    The players emerge out of the tunnel at Wembley to a fairly sparse-looking crowd. Some England greats from down the years are out to meet the teams.

    Sir Bobby Charlton and Peter Shilton are among them.

  176. 1921: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dean Talbot on Twitter: "Prediction - England to deliver another typically gutless performance finishing 0-0. Hoping for some action on a Wednesday!"

    Liam McColgan on Twitter: "England are boring to watch at best, probably not going to help tonight watching them play against the tiki-taka of Brazil."

    Kieran Milward on Twitter: "Chris Smalling can't get into the Manchester United team but he starts for England?! Not good enough."

  177. 1920: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "8 - Northern Ireland have lost seven of their last eight away games, with their last away win coming in September 2010. Opportunity."

  178. 1920:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at Ta'Qali National StadiumMalta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    "Malta's star man is Michael Mifsud, the former Coventry man who made a name for himself in 2007 when he scored two goals to knock Manchester United out of the League Cup. Northern Ireland have kept him quiet so far, but he's got a brilliant record at international level with 36 goals for his country.

    "Both teams are playing quite defensively, which makes sense when you consider that both are preparing for tricky games next. Malta will host Italy here in March, and Northern Ireland host Russia in Belfast.

    "You get the feeling that both teams could attack a bit more tonight, but they are trying out defensive formations for those high-profile competitive games."

  179. 1918: 
    HALF-TIME- Malta 0-0 Northern Ireland
  180. 1918: 
    Scotland v Estonia (1945 GMT)

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Pittodrie: "Some very gentle snow falling at Pittodrie as Scotland warm up ahead of the friendly against Estonia. Extremely cold, bit windy, pitch rather patchy but apart from that the conditions are ideal."

  181. 1917:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Wembley:England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    "Huge cheers from the Brazilian contingent - and there are plenty of them - inside Wembley as the name of Ronaldinho is read out. Neymar another getting a huge ovation."

    Brazil fan
  182. 1915: 
    Wales v Austria (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Dewi Hughes at Liberty Stadium: "The first of three huge fixtures" is how Wales manager Chris Coleman describes this friendly in his programme notes. World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia await next month and Coleman believes two wins will put Wales, currently seven points off group leaders Belgium and Croatia, "right back in contention". A low turn-out is expected here, though, on a bitterly cold night, despite the presence of Gareth Bale and the return of Craig Bellamy.

  183. 1915:  
    England right-back Danny Mills at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Ashley Cole has been booed at times for England, and to me, that is shocking. What has he really done wrong?

    "Being married to Cheryl Cole and that not working out? Well many marriages do not work out. Ask for a big contract? Well Theo Walcott has had his issues with Arsenal and he does not get booed.

    "Tony Adams and Paul Gascoigne are adored by the English public, but they were flawed characters with their own issues."

    Listen to commentary of England v Brazil at 1930 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live.

  184. 1914: 
    England v Brazil (1930 GMT)
    Brazil fans

    There are just 15 minutes or so until England's match kicks off. Can they find a first win over Brazil since 1990?

  185. 1912: 
    Wales v Austria (1945 GMT)

    Craig Bellamy returns to the Wales side after missing the last four international matches, and starts a game alongside Gareth Bale for the first time during Chris Coleman's tenure. There are five changes in all to the side beaten by Croatia in the last game in October.

    Boaz Myhill, Adam Matthews, Sam Ricketts and Jack Collison also coming in. Austria include two Premier League players in Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann and West Ham United's Emanuel Pogatetz.

  186. 1911:  
    Ashley Cole ahead of his 100th cap for England on BBC Radio 5 live:England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    "Until the age of 16 I was a striker and was not interested in people at the back, but whenever I saw Stuart Pearce's passion for England, he was someone I wanted to be like."

  187. 1909:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at Ta'Qali National StadiumMalta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    "Northern Ireland have only had one victory in their last 20 matches. They almost went behind very early on here. Malta should have scored when Edward Herrara was played-in to shoot from only five yards out, but he put the ball straight at Alan Mannus - who is making his first start in goal tonight for Northern Ireland. Down the other end, Northern Ireland have had the ball in the net, but it was disallowed, for a push in the build-up…"

  188. 1905: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Alfskiii on Twitter: "Predictions... Ronaldinho to lob Joe Hart with a beautifully, heartbreaking lobbed free-kick."

    Scott Lennon on Twitter: "Would be stupid to say Wayne Rooney isn't a game changer, but doesn't do it often enough for England. Steven Gerrard best for two years now."

  189. 1903: 
    SCOTLAND LATEST

    You can follow every kick, header and smart word from Gordon Strachan in a separate live text commentary.

  190. 1903: 
    Scotland v Estonia (1945 GMT)

    Gordon Strachan has never won his opening game as manager at any of his previous teams and he will be looking to buck that trend as he debuts with Scotland.

    Scott Brown takes up the captaincy and Birmingham's Chris Burke gets his first cap since 2006.

    Gordon Strachan speaking to BBC Scotland at Pittodrie: "It's a variation of a 4-4-2 we're playing.

    "The idea was to play good football tonight but with the wind and the rain it might not happen. You look for a win and a good performance - if I get either of those I'll be happy."

  191. 1901: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "8 - England's run of eight games without a win against Brazil is their longest current run without a victory against any side. Struggle."

  192. 1900: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    Ronaldinho, Oscar, David Luiz and QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar all start for Brazil.

  193. 1859: 
    Malta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Coventry fans, remember Michael Mifsud? He's just had a shot blocked for Malta. Still goalless there.

  194. 1857: 
    GET INVOLVED

    KJ in Catford on text via 81111: "Neymar was probably about right when he said England only had one match winner but it definitely isn't Wayne Rooney. I'd think England would have really struggled with Steven Gerrard and some of his game changing performances. Euro 2012 proved that."

    Mike in Manchester on text via 81111: "Chris Smalling at centre back. He's been good this season but nowhere near the class of Rio Ferdinand."

  195. 1857:  
    Former England international and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Delighted that Roy Hodgson has broken free from the rigidity of 4-4-2 for England."

  196. 1853: 

    Fitness was never really Ronaldinho's thing was it? I hope he's still got the skills of old in his locker.

  197. 1848: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Peter Truman on Twitter: "I saw Ronaldinho play for Flamengo two years ago and he could barely run. If his fitness is same then he will struggle."

  198. 1847: 
    CLOSE!- Malta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Southampton midfielder Steven Davis flashes a shot wide from the edge of the area, but it's been a low key opening.

  199. 1846: 
    BEST OF THE REST

    There is a very grand total of 30 international friendlies to be played this evening. There are the delights of Netherlands v Italy (1945 GMT) and France v Germany (2000 GMT) to come.

    The action is already 35 minutes old in Qatar, where globe-trotting Spain have just been pegged back by Uruguay. Atletico Madrid's Christian Rodriguez slotted home to cancel out Cesc Fabregas' opener.

    Elsewhere Everton's Nikica Jelavic, who had scored just three in his last 21 games for club and country, found the back of the net in Croatia's 4-0 win over South Korea.

  200. 1845: 

    Former England captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Come on Englaaaaaand! En route to Wembley with my pom poms to cheer the boys on! Predictions???"

  201. 1842: 
    Republic of Ireland v Poland (1945 GMT)

    Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni has already named his team with Conor Sammon making his debut.

    The Derby County striker is named in a line-up which shows three changes from November's friendly against Greece.

    Sammon comes in for Simon Cox in attack and will play alongside West Brom forward Shane Long.

    Paul McShane replaces the injured Seamus Coleman at right-back while Greg Cunningham takes over from Stephen Ward at left-back.

  202. 1842: 
    GET INVOLVED

    HJBirch89 on Twitter: "I'm liking this line up, more pace and flair up top than we've seen in a while... Taking on Brazil at their own game!"

    James_Huish on Twitter: "Classic outfield line-up from the old "big four" teams made up of four Manchester United, two Liverpool, two Arsenal & two Chelsea players."

    Jack Willows on Twitter: "Promising England team! Keep Neymar quiet, that's all I ask!"

  203. 1837: 
    Malta 0-0 Northern Ireland

    It has kicked-off in Valletta, with a low Andre Schembri shot forcing an early save from Northern Ireland keeper Alan Mannus.

  204. 1832: 
    Wales v Austria (1945 GMT)

    Wales have won just once in their last seven matches - a 2-1 victory over Scotland in October's World Cup qualifier - and have lost Aaron Ramsey to a slight calf strain. However manager Chris Coleman has Craig Bellamy back available for the first time this season to bolster his attack. Austria have recorded wins over Ukraine and Turkey in the past year and ran Germany close in a World Cup qualifier in September, but were soundly beaten by Ivory Coast last time out.

  205. 1832: 
    AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

    Nigeria won through to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations earlier by thrashing Mali 4-1 - the second semi-final has just kicked-off between Burkino Faso and Ghana.

    Who will be in the final? Find out by following Saj Chowdhury's Africa live text.

  206. 1829: 

    Ashley Cole has started every one of those 100 games as well.

  207. 1829: 

    Everton captain and former England international Phil Neville on Twitter: "100 caps for England is an amazing achievement by Ashley Cole. The best left-back this country has produced in my opinion, well done."

  208. 1828: 
    THE 100 CLUB

    Ashley Cole will become the seventh man to win 100 caps for England when he takes the field tonight.

    The 32-year-old made his debut in Albania in 2001 in a game notable for a goal from Andrew Cole.

    He joins Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Bobby Charlton (106), Billy Wright (105) and Steven Gerrard (100) in the ton-up club.

    Ashley Cole
  209. 1828:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Wembley:England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    "Big chance for Manchester United's Chris Smalling as he makes his first England start since September 2011 - and plenty of eyes will be on captain Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere as they make their first international start together in midfield."

  210. 1826: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jack in Norwich on text via 81111: "Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney - all this talk of them being some of England's greatest, but what have they achieved with England? Beating mediocre sides by a few goals, and consistently being outclassed by better quality opponents when it really matters. Legends? For England, not even close!"

  211. 1826: 

    Thoughts on that England line-up then?

  212. 1825:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Wembley:England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    "England welcome Brazil to Wembley for the first time since June 2007 - when they drew 1-1 - in a game that will mark Ashley Cole's 100th cap for his country. Any meeting between the countries is special and this one will act as a measure of England's progress against a Brazil side being shaped for next year's World Cup by Luiz Felipe Scolari, in his second spell in charge after winning the trophy in 2002."

  213. 1824: 
    England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    The England team in full:

    Hart; Johnson, Cole, Cahill, Smalling, Gerrard, Walcott, Wilshere, Cleverley,Rooney, Welbeck.

  214. 1823: 

    Tonight sees the sixth-best team in the world take on the 18th-best team - official.

    Yep, England are somehow sixth in the latest Fifa rankings, with Brazil way down the charts at 18. That puts them below the likes of Greece, Switzerland and Ecuador.

    That may be down to the fact that Brazil are hosting the next World Cup - but it seems wrong doesn't it?

  215. 1821: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling start at the back for England, with Tom Cleverley, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck all in.

  216. 1819: 

    England have met Brazil on two occasions since that World Cup match in 2002.

    The first international at the new Wembley ended in a 1-1 draw - John Terry scoring a header - and there was a 1-0 win for Brazil in 2009, with Nilmar on target.

  217. 1815: 

    As well as his spectacular 'did he mean it?' goal in 2002, Ronaldinho was sent-off in that World Cup quarter-final win over England.

    It didn't matter, Brazil held on to win and went on to lift the World Cup by beating Germany in the final. Where did it go wrong for Sven's men?

  218. 1815: 
    LINE-UPS- Malta v Northern Ireland (1830 GMT)

    Malta: Hogg, Muscat, Andrei Agius, Dimech, Herrera, Sciberras, Failla, Paul Fenech, Cohen, Schembri, Mifsud. Subs: Haber, Zerafa, Ryan Fenech, Jacob Borg, Vella, Camilleri, Bajada.

    Northern Ireland: Mannus, McAuley, Jonny Evans, Hughes, Lafferty, Brunt, McGinn, Davis, Bruce, Ferguson, Grigg. Subs: Doherty, Magennis, Cathcart, Shiels, Corry Evans, McCourt, McKay, Carson, McGurk.

    Referee: Menashe Masiah (Israel)

  219. 1814: 
    Malta v Northern Ireland (1830 GMT)

    Our night begins with action in Valletta, where Hull City defender Alex Bruce will make his Northern Ireland debut against Malta.

    Bruce, who previously played twice for the Republic of Ireland, is the only debutant in Michael O'Neill's starting line-up.

    O'Neill, still searching for his first win as Northern Ireland boss, was tipped to hand a debut to Billy McKay but the in-form Inverness striker is named on the bench with Walsall's Will Grigg starting in attack.

  220. 1813:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Wembley:England v Brazil (1930 GMT)

    "Brazil have brought a piece of South America to freezing Wembley - all is quiet inside the stadium but the sound of a samba band in full flow outside can be clearly heard."

  221. 1811: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Right then, what are your thoughts on tonight's action?

    Where does Ashley Cole sit on England's all-time list? Is Gordon Strachan the man to turn Scotland's fortunes around? Can Gareth Bale keep his goalscoring form going for Wales? And has Ronaldinho still got it?

    Let us know. You can text in on 81111 (UK Only) or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

    Pop your names on those texts though please.

  222. 1809: 
    TONIGHT'S ACTION
  223. 1806: 

    It's incredibly 11 years since Ronaldinho looped that free-kick over David Seaman's head and he could be at it again this evening as England take on Brazil in a match to mark 150 years of the Football Association.

    There are landmarks galore tonight - Ashley Cole is set to win his 100th cap for England while Gordon Strachan is making his debut as the manager of Scotland.

    So settle yourselves in for a busy old evening.

  224. 1800: 
    Ronaldinho

    Ronaldo de Assis Moreira - or Ronaldinho to you and I.

    Just eight years or so ago, the buck-toothed Brazilian was the main man. Strutting his stuff for Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona, the forward was named as the planet's best player two years in a row.

    But his star was soon on the wane. Lionel Messi took his place as the conductor of the Barca orchestra, and with a move to AC Milan not really working out, the great man returned to Brazil and disappeared from our radar.

    But guess what? He's back. He will start at Wembley tonight and somehow he is only 32...

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