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England loss doesn't dampen Scolari spirits

Created on 07 Feb., 2013 1:40 AM GMT

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said he is not disappointed after England trumped the South Americans 2-1 in a friendly on Wednesday.

Wayne Rooney scored the opener after Ronaldinho's saved penalty and, although Fred capitalized on Gary Cahill's awful error to equalise, substitute Frank Lampard secured the win at Wembley with a typically well-struck goal.

"I'm not disappointed," Scolari told reporters. 

"We faced a strong England team with strong players and in good form, so no, I'm not disappointed. I have to credit all of their team, all of their players, their style and the work of their manager because their team is playing very well; it's very strong and very organized."

"I was not surprised. We have seen all the data, and we know this is the way England play when they are on form. Let us see how they play on June 2 (at the 2014 World Cup). I am used to losing my first game, but after the first game I am used to winning games and competitions. I'm not disappointed or sad."

Ronaldinho - whose goal knocked England out of World Cup 2002 - had a penalty saved by Joe Hart in the first half, but Scolari insisted the former Barcelona star has a future in the international set-up if he keeps his form up.

"He played 90 minutes in the first game in Brazil," Scolari said of Ronaldinho.

"There is some work for him to do, but he played well and if he keeps working he will be capped again."

Another player Scolari reserved praise for was Bayern Munich centre-back Dante, who made his international debut for the Brazil first-team against the Three Lions.

"I'm very satisfied with him, and we have won another great centre-back for the future," he said.

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