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Wednesday, 19 June, 2002, 12:41 GMT 13:41 UK
England v Brazil: head to head
England's David Beckham and Brazil's Ronaldo
Beckham and Ronaldo both have key roles to play
England v Brazil | Quarter-final
Fri Jun 21 2002 | 07:30 BST | Shizuoka
Live on BBC One/Radio Five Live

England's quarter-final match with Brazil pitches the tournament's equal-best defence against the most feared attack on the planet.

The ability of Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell to deal with Brazil's three Rs - Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho - could well decide which side goes on to reach the final.

BBC Sport Online gives its verdict on the men who are likely to be on duty in Shizuoka.

And our player-by-player analysis indicates that the result of Friday's showdown is just too close to call.


ENGLAND

David Seaman
Kept England in the tournament with key second-half saves against Sweden and has been solid ever since. 8

Ashley Cole
Provides an extra attacking dimension down the left flank but can get caught out of position by long balls over the top. 7

Rio Ferdinand
One of the players of the tournament. Strong in the air, cool with the ball at his feet and reads the game brilliantly. 9

Sol Campbell
Michael Owen prepares to face Brazil
Owen's pace will worry the Brazilian defenders
Patchy form so far. Solid against Argentina but sometimes makes mistakes and seems to lack confidence. 7

Danny Mills
Recovered well from his costly error against Sweden to make the right-back slot his own. Tireless in defence and attack. 7

Trevor Sinclair
Has filled in impressively for the injured Owen Hargreaves. Brings pace and trickery to England's problem left side. 7

Paul Scholes
Starting to look menacing in midfield. His shoot-on-sight policy and forward runs make him a real goal threat. 8

Nicky Butt
Has become an impressive midfield enforcer in the absence of Steven Gerrard. Strong in the tackle and uses the ball well. 8

David Beckham
Talismanic skipper is getting fitter and better by the game. His free-kicks and crosses are key weapons in England's armoury. 9

Emile Heskey
Poor strike rate and an often suspect first touch. But defenders fear his physical presence and his goal against Denmark will do him good. 7

Michael Owen
Instinctive finisher who terrifies defenders with his pace. Opened his account against the Danes and will be a key figure if fully fit. 9

TOTAL: 86


BRAZIL

Marcos
So often Brazil have been weak in the goalkeeping department, but the Palmeiras stopper has given them little to worry about so far. 7

Roberto Carlos
A constant danger with his runs down the left and booming free-kicks. But his frequent attacks leave gaps at the back. 8

Lucio
A cultured defender who is good going forward but could struggle against Owen's pace. Aerial ability makes him a threat at set pieces. 8

Edmilson
Lyon centre-back showed his attacking skills by scoring with an overhead kick against Costa Rica. Has appeared slightly suspect with defensive headers. 7

Roque Junior
The third member of Brazil's defensive trio. A powerful tackler and good going forward but not the quickest. 7

Cafu
Like Roberto Carlos, Brazil's skipper provides a potent attacking thrust down the flank. Also like his fellow wing-back, experienced and highly skilled but sometimes leaves space to exploit behind him. 8

Gilberto Silva
Fulfils the defensive midfield role once held by former captain Dunga. Holds the centre of the park while his team-mates attack. 7

Juninho Paulista
Rivaldo scores for Brazil against Belgium
Rivaldo can win a game on his own
The former Middlesbrough midfielder's attacking instinct has been slightly blunted by defensive duties, but he is a constant threat going foward. 8

Ronaldinho
Billed as the "new Pele", he has yet to upstage his fellow strikers. But his pace and trickery make him a big threat. 8

Rivaldo
Brazil's most gifted player has scored in every game. Can win a game in a flash with a free-kick, overhead or long-range strike, as he showed against Belgium. 9

Ronaldo
Lightning pace, direct running and clinical finishing make him the ultimate centre-forward. Five goals in four games says it all. 9

TOTAL: 86

FINAL SCORE: England 86-86 Brazil


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