Wayne Rooney attempts to put victory over Brazil in perspective

Striker more concerned by World Cup qualifiers

Wayne Rooney has told his England team-mates not to get too carried away with their win over Brazil, insisting victory over San Marino and Montenegro next month is far more important.

Rooney scored the first and set up Frank Lampard for his winner as England recorded their first victory in 23 years over Brazil last night.

The win over the five-time world champions raised hopes about Roy Hodgson's chances of leading his team to glory in Brazil next summer, but Rooney is well aware that there have been plenty of false dawns with England before.

The nation's hopes were raised in November 2011 when England beat world and European champions Spain at Wembley, but Hodgson's team could only watch on in envy as Vicente del Bosque's side coasted to glory in Poland and Ukraine the following summer while England were knocked out by Italy on penalties.

For that reason Rooney insists England must keep their feet on the ground and instead concentrate their efforts on following up yesterday's win with two qualifying victories against the far inferior opposition of San Marino and Montenegro next month.

"It's a great feeling to beat Brazil, but the two games next month are more important," the Manchester United striker said.

"It's a great result but at the end of the day it's only a friendly. It's not a competitive game.

"Now it's all about trying to progress as a team. The next step for us is to try to qualify for the World Cup."

Despite the attempt to play down the importance of the win, Rooney could not help but gush with admiration at the way the team bounced back from Fred's equaliser, which came after a second-half mistake by Gary Cahill.

Cahill recovered from gifting the ball to the Brazil striker, and his Chelsea team-mate Lampard sealed the win with a spectacular finish which flew in off a post.

"It was a silly goal to give away from us," Rooney said.

"It could have cost us victory, but to come back and get the win was great for us.

"We might have folded and gone on to lose it so it was a great positive for us. We hung on in there. We showed great desire and fight to get the win."

Rooney acknowledges that the outcome of the game could have been very different had Joe Hart not saved Ronaldinho's penalty early in the first half when Jack Wilshere was harshly adjudged to have handled the former Barcelona man's shot.

"It was great for him to save a penalty, especially against one of the best of all time," Rooney said.

"It was a great moment for Joe. If that had gone in it might have been a different game.

"I am sure that they would have tried to keep the ball and tried to frustrate us but thankfully we got the first goal."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?