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Saturday, 27 May, 2000, 20:12 GMT 21:12 UK
Hansen's verdict on England-Brazil



Top BBC TV pundit Alan Hansen gives BBC Sport Online the lowdown on England's 1-1 draw with Brazil.

England came away from Wembley with a good result under their belt, but with only two games now before Euro 2000, I think Kevin Keegan has to look at some more of his options.

I thought England played exceptionally well in the first half against Brazil and they had some good chances, so that will keep Keegan happy to a certain extent.

I said beforehand that it was especially important for England not to play badly and lose badly and I think that's why we didn't see a very experimental side against Brazil.

The major plus for me was the way Michael Owen proved his fitness

Alan Hansen

England achieved that goal, but I wouldn't go overboard about the significance of the result - sure, they were playing what most people agree is the best team in the world, but Brazil never got out of second gear.

That wasn't England's fault of course, though I was surprised to see them fall to a very British ploy with Brazil's equaliser when Franca was allowed to come in at the back post for his header.

Apart from that, England defended well and the major plus for me was the way Michael Owen proved his fitness.

Alan Shearer looked really sharp as well and when he shows that kind of pace, even quality international defenders really hate it.

Kevin Phillips and Robbie Fowler came on near the end, but Keegan will have learned nothing from watching them just for a few minutes.

Keegan has said he can judge Fowler's fitness in training, but you can never tell anything simply from a training pitch.

I think he will be looking to give him more of a run out against either Ukraine or Malta, with Phillips and a couple of the other forwards also getting a look-in as well.

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