Ferdinand, Owen & more: Twitter reacts as England draw with Brazil
Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen both tweet their thoughts after England secure a credible draw with Brazil in the Maracana
Paulinho’s late equaliser denied England a famous victory over Brazil as the Three Lions were held to a 2-2 draw in the Maracana on Sunday night.
Luis Felipe Scolari’s men took a second-half lead through Fred but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wayne Rooney both scored impressive strikes to turn the friendly on its head, before Paulinho’s 82nd-mintue effort.
Here is a selection of The Sport Review’s favourite tweets from the professionals, past and present and in chronological order, after an entertaining friendly.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) predicts the result: “Come on England!!! I’m going for a 2-1 win for England….got a feeling. Rooney brace!”
Former Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby (@hucks6dh6) would like to see England retain possession: “Any chance of us having a kick? #BRAvENG”
Ex-United defender Viv Anderson (@Anderson_Viv) praises the England goalkeeper after a busy first half: “Joe Hart is playing really well here. Could easily be 2-0 down England. #BRAENG”
Former Crystal Palace star Mark Bright (@Mark__Bright) appreciates the shot-stopper’s efforts: “Thanks Joe, 0-0 HT. #Brazil #England”
Stoke City striker Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) is impressed by Fred’s opener: “Tougher finish than it appeared. Many players would have hit that over the bar. Pretty one sided so far and I can’t see it changing.”
US Open winner and British tennis star Andy Murray (@andy_murray) hails Oxlade-Chamberlain’s leveller: “Wow! That was some hit from Ooxlade-Chamberlain!”
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) can see Arsenal selling their latest star: “That’s the way… #Boom Surely Arsenal will now cash in on the Ox…!!!!”
Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) feels Oxlade-Chamberlain has some Brazilian flair: “It’s just like watching Brazil. #England #Rooney #Ox”
More from Ferdinand (@rioferdy5): “I’ve only called it!!!! Roooooooooney!”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) is predicting the hype already: “Hard to look beyond England for next summer’s World Cup!”
However, Brazil equalise and Wales international David Cotterill (@cotterill_david) responds: “Tekkerrs!!!! #brazil”
Former England rugby captain Will Carling (@willcarling) enjoyed the friendly: “Two great England goals v Brazil – enjoyed those. Good to see so much intent & effort from the team. #alwaysspecialvbrazil”
Ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) gives us his thoughts: “Positives. Hart, two away goals, quite well organised. Negatives. Struggle to keep the ball under pressure. Would have liked to see Theo be a little more aggressive and sure footed.”
Reds legend Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) sees the funny side: “Not a bad point in the end #thinkaboutit”
And Owen (@themichaelowen) has the final say: “Good result. Two good goals and a great experience for some of the younger players. Keeping possession remains a problem.”