Defeat for Scolari on return as Brazil coach
Luiz Felipe Scolari and Ronaldinho endured disappointing returns to Brazil's national team, with England defeating the Selecao for the first time in 23 years, 2-1 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.
Wayne Rooney scored in the 26th minute at Wembley, his fourth goal in his last three games for the English, and Fred tied it in the 48th for the five-time world champions, playing their first game since Scolari replaced Mano Menezes. Frank Lampard curled in a shot off the post in the 60th minute.
Brazil, which won the 2002 World Cup under Scolari, blew a chance at an early lead when Joe Hart deflected an 18th-minute penalty kick by the 32-year-old Ronaldinho, playing his first game for the national team since October 2011.
Spain, Germany and Argentina all won high-profile exhibitions, while the United States lost 2-1 at Honduras in the opening match of the final round of World Cup qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
World and European champion Spain extended its unbeaten streak to 17 games by beating Uruguay 3-1 in Doha, Qatar.
Germany came from behind to win 2-1 at France, and Lionel Messi failed to score but played a key role in Argentina's 3-2 win over Sweden.