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Last Updated: Friday, 1 June 2007, 21:28 GMT 22:28 UK
England 1-1 Brazil
Friday, 1 June 2007

England coach Steve McClaren (left) and the recalled David Beckham
McClaren included Beckham for the first time in 10 squads
England coach Steve McClaren hailed David Beckham as the best right-sided midfielder in the world after England's 1-1 draw with Brazil at Wembley.

The Real Madrid star, who was recalled for his first England game since the World Cup, produced the cross for John Terry to head England in front.

"I brought Beckham back because he was playing well," said McClaren.

"When he's playing well, there is no better right-sided player in the world. He showed that tonight."

McClaren took heart from England's performance despite an injury-time equaliser from Brazil's Diego, which denied the home team a winning return to Wembley stadium.

"We got the performance, against a very, very good team, one of the top teams in the world," said McClaren.


"To nearly get the clean sheet, to be 15 seconds away, shows that as a team we defended well.

"We saw that attitude, passion, tackles going in and we played good football as well. They came together as a team."

McClaren responded to the boos directed at Frank Lampard and tipped the Chelsea midfielder to return to form, despite a succession of non-descript performances for England.

"I'm disappointed. I don't like that for any player. But Frank is a tough kid and he has been through criticism before," he said.

Players like Robinho and Kaka are very fast but the conditions did not allow them to accelerate

Brazil coach Dunga on the Wembley pitch
"People doubted he and Steven Gerrard can play together but they proved against a world-class team that they can do their job and they did it very well."

England captain John Terry described Beckham's set-piece delivery as in a "different class" after the cross which the Chelsea man converted.

"His delivery is superb. It was a great ball from Becks and it was about time I scored again," he said.

"We started really well and got a few early tackles in from Stevie [Gerrard] and Alan Smith which set the tone and we went on from there.

"We had quite a lot of possession. "We couldn't get through the middle of them and we tried to move it wide. We did that a bit better in the second half."

Terry said the result and performance would help England going into the crucial Euro 2008 qualifier in Estonia on Wednesday.

"We needed this game - we feel very sharp and very fit. We'll take this positive result into Wednesday and we have to go there and get the win," he said.

Brazil coach Dunga was critical of the uneven surface which he said did not help his team's style.

"Despite trailing we were brave enough to react but the pitch did not help," he said.

"Players like Robinho and Kaka are very fast but the conditions did not allow them to accelerate."

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