Football: England can beat world's best, says Lampard
LONDON (AFP) - Frank Lampard believes England's 2-1 win over Brazil proves Roy Hodgson's side finally have enough weapons to go head to head with the world's best teams.
After the dour reign of Fabio Capello and a cautious start to the Hodgson era, England claimed their first win over Brazil for 23 years by unveiling an eye-catching brand of attacking play inspired by Hodgson's gifted youngsters and battle-hardened veterans.
With Steven Gerrard anchoring midfield, Jack Wilshere and Tom Cleverley were allowed to surge forward in support of Wayne Rooney, while Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck added pace and power on the flanks.
It was a potent mix that Brazil found too hot to handle at Wembley on Wednesday as Rooney opened the scoring after an incisive attack involving Wilshere and Walcott.