(Sporting Alert) — An injured hit England take on Brazil in a football friendly international at Maracana on Sunday and after a less than impressive performance against Ireland, things could go bad for Roy Hodgson side.
The latest player forced out because of injury was Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck, who is out of the Brazil clash with a knee injury.
“It’s unfortunate that Danny hasn’t recovered from Wednesday,” the England manager said.
“We will have the requisite number of players on the bench though.
“I haven’t spoken to players about the team yet. We will train and I will tell them the team.”
England are short of striking option after Daniel Sturridge (ankle) and Andy Carroll (heel) pull out of the squad earlier, so Arsenal speedy winger Theo Walcott could play as a striker.
“Theo could play as centre forward as we know he can do,” Hodgson said.
A lot of eyes will be on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who was criticized for his poor performance against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night, with some pundits going as far as claiming that he should be dropped.
Meanwhile, Brazil star and new Barcelona attacker Neymar believes the hosts will get the better of England on Sunday as they look to avenge the defeat handed to them in the last friendly international.
Brazil have recalled several key players for the contest and the legendary Pele believes it will be a good game.
Pele also thinks the home side will deliver a much better display than the one at Wembley.
“This game will be different to the one in Wembley; I can only see Brazil winning,” he said.
“The Brazilians playing in Europe such as Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura, Dante, Chelsea team-mates Oscar and David Luiz, and Neymar of course, are in great shape at the moment.
“They are all familiar with most of the England squad.”
Brazil Team: Cesar; Alves, Silva, Luiz, Luis; Gustavo, Paulinho; Hulk, Oscar, Neymar; Fred.
England Team: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Walcott, Jones, Carrick, Lampard, Milner; Rooney.
Subs: Cole, Foster, Lescott, Rodwell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe, McCarthy.