England defender Gary Cahill keen to secure second success against Brazil

Gary Cahill: England defender is targeting second success against Brazil

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Gary Cahill wants England to prove February's victory over Brazil was no flash in the pan when they meet again on Sunday evening.

Frank Lampard's superb strike earned Roy Hodgson's side a 2-1 win against the 2014 World Cup hosts at Wembley earlier this year.

It was England's first victory against Brazil in 23 years and they now have the chance to make it two wins in four months in this weekend's friendly at the Maracana.

"It is one to look forward to," defender Cahill said. "We have got a big flight now and then a couple of days training.

"We know the task ahead is going to be hard. They are playing at home so it is going to be tough for us."

Gary Cahill

"We played really well against them at Wembley a couple of months ago.

"We know the task ahead is going to be hard. They are playing at home so it is going to be tough for us.

"But, like I said, we played some good stuff against them at home and hopefully we can put in a good performance."

If England are to get a decent result in Rio de Janeiro, they will have to play better than they did against Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night.

Roy Hodgson's side might be ranked seventh in the world but they were made to look decidedly ordinary by their near neighbours, who sit 32 places lower in the FIFA standings.

Shane Long gave Ireland a shock 13th-minute lead at Wembley, only for Lampard to prod home a leveller 10 minutes later.

There were to be no more goals in what was the countries' first meeting since 1995 and, despite struggling to get going, Cahill remained upbeat afterwards.

"It was a tough workout," the Chelsea defender said. "I thought they made it hard for us, which you would expect.

"They have got some hard-working, determined players in there and they made it difficult for us.

"Nevertheless, we played some good stuff. I thought we got in behind the back of them on many occasions but just maybe lacked that final ball and the goalkeeper pulled off a couple of good saves.

"I think there are positives we can take from it."

Magnificent

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott both saw attempts to find a second-half winner thwarted, while Ashley Cole came close to capping his 102nd appearance with a goal.

"It is an amazing achievement - playing for England for 12 years and to rack up that many is a phenomenal achievement."

Gary Cahill

The Chelsea left-back was handed the captaincy at Wembley and almost squeezed home his first goal in an England shirt shortly into the second period.

"I see he popped in there but they defended that well," Cahill said. "I thought he was magnificent and played really well before he came off.

"It is an amazing achievement - playing for England for 12 years and to rack up that many is a phenomenal achievement.

"He has been one of the best left-backs in the world for many, many years now."

Who was the man of the match in England's 1-1 draw with Ireland?

  • Gary Cahill
  • Seamus Coleman
  • David Forde
  • Frank Lampard
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Theo Walcott
  • Other