England vs Brazil last five H2Hs: Can England improve on dismal record?

England are set to face Brazil for the first time in seven years on Saturday, 23 March when the two teams go head to head at Wembley Stadium. It's the final international break before the end of the season so is one of the final opportunities for players to show Gareth Southgate that they are worthy of a place in his final squad for Euro 2024. The same can be said for the Brazilian players, who are preparing for the 2024 Copa America.

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England have never beaten Brazil in a competitive match – Photo by Icon Sport

England vs Brazil H2H record

As nations from different continents, it's very rare that England and Brazil ever play each other in competitive action. Out of the 26 matches played between the two countries, only nine of them have been played in competition. Incredibly, England came out on top in none of those nine games meaning they have only ever tasted victory against Brazil in friendly matches.

  • England Wins: 4
  • Draws: 11
  • Brazil Wins: 11

Arguably the most iconic match between England and Brazil came in the 2002 World Cup. A swerving Ronaldinho free-kick that looped over David Seaman's head won the Brazilians a thrilling quarter-final – a victory that helped them on their way to their fifth, and most recent, World Cup triumph.

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Harry Kane will be back on English soil this weekend – Photo by Icon Sport

England vs Brazil last five H2Hs

England 0-0 Brazil – 14th November 2017

The most recent England vs Brazil H2H was one to forget. The match was played in front of a packed crowd at Wembley Stadium in preparation for the 2018 World Cup but neither side were particularly impressive. England's midfield three of Jake Livermore, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Eric Dier left a lot to be desired and in the end, both teams only managed a combined five shots on target.

Brazil 2-2 England – 2nd June 2013

Four years earlier, the two teams played out a much more thrilling friendly match in Rio de Janeiro. After a dull first half, the match exploded into life after the break when Fred (not the ex-Man Utd player) put the hosts ahead. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain quickly equalised for the Three Lions before Wayne Rooney put them ahead with ten minutes to go. Paulinho levelled things up once again a few minutes later and the match finished all square.

England 2-1 Brazil – 6th February 2013

England's most recent victory against Brazil came in a friendly match in February 2013. The friendly match was played to commemorate the FA's 150th anniversary and Brazil failed to spoil the party at Wembley Stadium. Wayne Rooney scored to give England the lead before Fred equalised on the hour mark. Frank Lampard then won the match for the hosts to give Roy Hodgson one of his best wins as England boss.

Brazil 1-0 England – 14th November 2009

Brazil's most recent win against England came 15 years ago in 2009. Both teams were preparing for the 2010 World Cup and there was plenty of optimism in the England camp after Fabio Capello had led them through a near-faultless qualifying campaign. The match was played at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar and Brazil dealt with the heat far better than England and ran out as deserved 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Nilmar.

England 1-1 Brazil – 1st June 2007

England's first meeting with Brazil after the 2002 World Cup quarter-final came in 2007. The match marked the national team's first match at the New Wembley and things were going as planned when John Terry headed home to give England the lead in the 68th minute. Brazil didn't go away, though, and playmaker, Diego, netted in stoppage time to spoil the the occasion for the hosts.

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Jake Livermore and Eric Dier lined up in midfield for England last time they faced Brazil – Photo by Icon Sport

Potential MVP – Harry Kane

Harry Kane is always one of the biggest threats on the pitch whenever he takes to the field and that will be no different on Saturday. Kane has had an excellent personal season at Bayern Munich, scoring 37 goals and providing 12 assists in 35 matches in his debut campaign despite the club struggling in the Bundesliga.

Kane will be excited to be back on English soil, something he will have to get used to with a huge Champions League quarter-final with Arsenal coming up. Can he add more goals to extend his lead at the top of England's all-time goalscoring charts?

Key trend

Looking at the England vs Brazil last five H2Hs, and the lack of major incentive to win, a draw seems like the most likely result or at least something that is worth considering in the betting stakes. Three of the last five matches between England and Brazil (all friendlies) have finished all square and there isn't much between the two current sides on paper. The draw is priced at 5/2 (3.50) on Saturday.


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Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance Sports Journalist with ten years of experience covering football in the United Kingdom and abroad for various publications including the Manchester Evening News, UtdReport and Football Whispers. Andy also has a keen interest in basketball, cricket, golf and tennis and has covered major sporting events such as the Masters in Augusta.