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England and Brazil turn on the class

Although England&#39s 4-0 hammering of Paraguay in the recent round of friendly internationals suggested that Sven-Goran Eriksson&#39s team can turn on the class when required, there were some resounding notes struck by other World Cup contenders.

Most notable was the performance of Brazil. They may have managed only a 1-1 draw with Portugal but they reached a vein of form that has long been missing. This lead to some rather feisty predictions from left back Roberto Carlos. He says: “If we play like that at the World Cup, we will get to the final. I feel a good World Cup coming up for us.”

The Spanish also showed promising form after a 5-0 thumping of Northern Ireland. Coach Jose Antonio Camacho says: “With this attitude, we are going to be very difficult to beat. This match was obviously very different to the kind of games we will be playing in the World Cup but what the game did demonstrate was the superb attitude that the players have and I now have to ensure that we take this to the finals.”

Argentina excelled again in beating Germany, who were jeered by their fans. The Germans struggled, as did Italy, who could only draw 1-1 with Uruguay. Even more worrying for Italy are the injuries to Gianluca Pessotto and Demetrio Albertini.

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