Owen and Teammates Snatched Honorable Draw from Brazil

Published May 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Michael Owen produced his most compelling international display for two years as England stepped up their preparations for Euro 2000 with a 1-1 draw, Saturday, against Brazil at Wembley. 

The 20-year-old youngster, who became an overnight international sensation with his stunning World Cup goal against Argentina two years ago, is back to replay the 10-year-old scenario when England last beat the Brazilians - a 1-0 win at Wembley in March 1990. 

The game was one of three warm-up matches before Kevin Keegan's men travel to Holland and Belgium for this summer's Euro 2000 Championships. 

Man-of-the-match Owen said to play against footballs finest was a great learning experience - but was disappointed that a lapse in concentration by the England defense in first-half injury time handed the visitors an equalizer. 

"If we had just held out for another 15 or 20 seconds I think we could have gone on to win the match, but overall we learned a lot from the game, said Owen. 

"Personally I have learned a lot and it will keep us in a good shape when we go to the European Championships. 

"I think we did well. It's always hard at international level and today they must have had 70 per cent of the ball, but you have to make the most of it. 

"It can be tough and I have not played against the likes of San Marino and scored hat-tricks so I haven't a very good scoring record. But to score against Brazil, the best team in the world makes me very happy. 

"The second-half performance went a bit dead - I think they were quite happy with a draw, so that might say something. They were scared of us in certain ways." 

England manager Keegan was also pleased with the result against the 1998 World Cup finalists. 

"It's an honorable draw because it's Brazil. They keep the ball well and are very patient," - (Several Sources)

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