Fabio Capello’s England squad received a reality check现状核实，使人面对现实的事情in Doha卡塔尔首都多哈on Saturday when they lost 1-0 to Brazil in a friendly game.
After qualifying easily for next year’s World Cup in South Africa,the usual hyperbole夸张surrounding England’s chances of winning the tournament had already begun.
Saturday’s defeat then came as a sobering dose使人清醒的剂量of cold,hard reality现实which exposed the frailties暴露了薄弱点of a depleted squad二级队.
In fairness many of Capello’s star players,such as Gerrard and Beckham were ruled out被除外by injury or club commitments.
Nevertheless,even stand-in临时的captain,Wayne Rooney,admitted that England did not match Brazil’s speed and ability.
We started really slow in the second half and even after they scored we started again really slow.
"We started really slow in the second half,"said the Manchester United striker.
"You can't afford to do that against opposition like Brazil because they will punish you,"added Rooney.
England were lucky to lose by only one goal as Brazil missed a penalty点球following England goalkeeper Ben Foster’s foul on the Brazilian Nilmar.
Foster himself admitted he was fortunate not to be sent off for the infraction犯规.
"I was lucky to stay on the pitch,I have to be honest,"he said.
We had many players missing and we played against the best of Brazil.
Fabio Capello,England manager
"I thought I was a goner,but then there were a few strange decisions from the officials,"added Foster.
To be a goner is a phrase which literally means to be about to die,however,here Foster means that he thought the game was about to end for him.
Despite the fact that Brazil could have won by a more significant margin大比分差,the England manager felt that he learned important lessons about his team from the game.
"We were not strong enough to play against Brazil.We need to be stronger physically and in the tackle抢球,"said Capello.
But he also pointed out that the game was a case of Brazil’s first XI最强阵容against England’s second.
"We had many players missing and we played against the best of Brazil.They were only missing one player."