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

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Rio Ferdinand has 81 England caps Photo: Football.ua

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.”

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