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Venables eager for England to impress in Maracana

Former England coach Terry Venables isn't bothered about their result against Brazil tomorrow.

El Tel wrote for The Sun: "I would love to see us beat Brazil - but the truth is, I do not really care about the result.

"It is the performance I am more concerned with. I do not care if we lose as long as we go down playing football. Which, you have to say, is more than we did for most of the game against the Republic of Ireland.

"We played some good stuff at times. But it was only in flashes here and there. Not nearly enough. Knowing Roy Hodgson like I do, I know he would have been a little bit disappointed with his team's display.

"Our play was sluggish and our players looked leggy. Some will say that is only to be expected after a long hard season. Well, the Ireland players have had just as hard seasons and yet they did not look tired. Quite the opposite in fact.

"They looked fitter and fresher than our boys. They were certainly more combative. I am not saying England did not work hard. But effort is the minimum required."

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