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Showdown with Samba boys music to Defoe's ears

Jermain Defoe (pictured) has never felt more relieved in his life than he did when he heard that England's game against Brazil tomorrow will go ahead.

The England team, and the thousands of fans who have made the trip to South America, arrived in Brazil to the shock news that the glamour friendly in the famous Maracana stadium had been suspended.

Safety fears led to Judge Adriana Costa dos Santos applying for an injunction to suspend the fixture, due to be England's first at the Maracana since 1984, when a John Barnes wondergoal helped England to a shock 2-0 victory.

Defoe said: "I am so happy the game is on now. It's something you think about as a kid – wanting to play for England against Brazil so to actually come here and play in the stadium will be fantastic."

Wednesday's draw against Ireland led to talk of England returning to "the dark ages" due to a 4-4-2 system which looked flat at Wembley. Defoe is determined to restore some faith in the team tomorrow.

"This is a chance to make a mark ahead of the qualifiers," Defoe said. "Everyone wants to end the season with a win."

England v Brazil

Tomorrow, Live UTV (8.0)


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