Captain John Terry is backing England to compete with the best teams in the world and believes they do not have to be over fearful of Brazil. And he is touting Wayne Rooney, who replaced him as stand-in captain in Doha, as a possible long-term successor to himself in the role.

Terry watched an England side containing only two first team regulars in Gareth Barry and Rooney lose by only a single goal to the five-times world champions in Saturday's friendly international. The Chelsea talent, who was ruled out with an ankle injury, concedes the Brazilians have the quality that can cause problems for any nation. But he feels the likes of Rooney and his Blues team-mate Joe Cole, on the way back to full sharpness after a lengthy injury lay-off, are capable of causing problems in the same manner to opposing defences.

Terry said: "I think they've got individual quality, in one-versus-ones situations, that can frighten any team. That is why they are ranked the best side in the world at the moment.

"We've done well in recent years and the likes of Joe Cole and Wayne Rooney can change a game just like they can. We are giving them a lot of credit for the win over us, but the game had a friendly written all over it from the start.

"Even in training on Thursday and Friday the manager was stressing he wanted us to press more and the players were saying at half-time 'we'd love to, but it is difficult' and the conditions were a little bit tiring," said Terry. "The players were saying afterwards it was difficult to keep that intense pressure on and I think in different conditions it might be different.

"But I don't think Brazil are anything to really worry about. They are a very good side, I am not saying they are not. We have to look at our own strengths and qualities and I think we can mix it with the best sides in the world. Listen, they've got their weaknesses, like we have."

Terry was impressed with the way Rooney adapted to the captaincy role. He said: "Wayne has been different class. He has really matured as a player. We have spoken about that for a few years now and he fully deserved it.

"He has been brilliant, he was good in the dressing room beforehand and it was good to see. I want it back (the captaincy) but long term Wayne, I think, is a possible candidate to be captain. I really do.

"He has got so much experience," said Terry. "He was probably the most capped player in the squad. He has a lot of experience on young shoulders."

I don't think Brazil are anything to really worry about. They are a very good side, I am not saying they are not. We have to look at our own strengths and qualities and I think we can mix it with the best sides in the world.

John Terry

Terry insists the long trip to Qatar was a worthwhile exercise even with an injury-ravaged squad. He said: "It was a good chance for us to come away and see what we are up against coming into the World Cup.

"We went to Germany 12 months ago with a young side as well, and I think we proved a little point there and showed our strength in depth. We've seen here, as well, a couple of players who are really pushing."