Brazil and England to Play in Wembley

Published May 26th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Brazil head for Wembley on Saturday to face an England team eager to impress coach Kevin Keegan ahead of this summer's Euro 2000 championships. 

"We know that our match against England will be tough," Brazil coach Wanderley Luxemburgo told Sky Sports. 

"It will be a severe test for us because we are aware that England are in full training now building up to the European Championships. 

"For us it will be a big challenge and I believe a good game to watch." 

Competition for places is also fierce among the South Americans who are involved in an important 2002 World Cup qualifier against Peru in Lima on June 4. 

Silvinho, who made his debut for Brazil in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Wales, was one of the star performers at the Millennium Stadium, standing in for Roberto Carlos who was busy helping Real Madrid win the Champions League final in Paris. 

The Arsenal defender said he expects England to pose a far greater threat than the one offered by Wales in Cardiff. 

Keegan watched Brazil in Tuesday's clash and saw the four-time World Cup winners overcome a spirited Welsh side with three goals in a breathtaking 10-minute spell. 

England's Gary Neville, meanwhile, is looking forward to pitting his wits against the best in the business at the Twin Towers on Saturday. 

"In a couple of weeks we are going to play the best teams in Europe and the fact is that none of them will be as good as the opposition we are up against on Saturday." 

The last time the two teams met at Wembley was in the Umbro Cup in June 1995. Graeme Le Saux scored from a brilliant long-range effort to put England in front but Juninho leveled the scores with a spectacular free-kick. 

Ronaldo and Edmundo also found the target to wrap up victory for the visitors - (AFP)

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