Chelsea stars Gary Cahill and David Luiz reflected on a memorable match between two of international football’s heavyweights, with the England star excited about the future for the Three Lions.
Speaking to FIFA.com after England had defeated Brazil 2-1 at Wembley to begin the FA’s 150th anniversary year, it was clear the Stamford Bridge duo enjoyed the showpiece event.
“It’s a great occasion, obviously a big game for everybody and a great win,” Cahill said. “I think we played some fantastic football, it was one of the better performances at Wembley and there are a lot of positives to take from the game. We had a lot of good individual performances out there against what is a class outfit.”
Cahill was visibly disappointed with himself after conceding possession in the build-up to the Brazil equaliser.
“The nature of my position is that you play well for 89 minutes but you can make a mistake like that and it spoils your night. I was pleased that we showed character to come back.
“It was out of character for myself, that was the most annoying thing. I thought we defended really well as a team tonight,” he said. “Well 99 per cent of the time. But it’s part of my character to pick myself up and get on with it.”
Cahill’s error did not impact the result, as England’s front-line pressed the Brazilian defence and Frank Lampard grabbed the winner on the hour-mark.
“We’ve got people that can unlock the door, it was great from the team and we kept plugging away. It’s what I’ve come to expect from Frank. We have a lot of dangerous players, some with pace and it’s great to play alongside these players.”
With pacy attacking talent like Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, the former Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa defender is looking forward to the future under Roy Hodgson.
“It’s a very exciting and young squad, we’re only going to improve and get better. Everybody will be talking about how well we played tonight and rightly so. It’s important to get that blend of youth and experience. But even a lot of the youngsters are playing in massive games for their clubs and everybody’s learning all the time.
Cahill’s Stamford Bridge colleague David Luiz was disappointed with the outcome, but is already looking forward to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in his homeland.
“It was a great night against a big team but we are not happy with the result. We need to take the positives out of every game. Tonight was a good game against a side which is physically different to us.
"We had probably 40 per cent of our players who are just starting with us now so it’s different. I want to win the World Cup next year and I know Brazil. We will win.”
Cahill was diplomatic about his side’s chances for the return fixture in June, and seemed optimistic about the FIFA World Cup qualifiers to come.
“Let’s not get carried away! We’ll enjoy tonight and obviously they’re a class outfit and it’ll be tough. It’s great for us to move into the qualification games with a good result. There are a load of positives to take into the World Cup qualifiers, if we can play like that we won’t go far wrong."