England's first victory over Brazil since 1990 may have only been a friendly but it was the first result under Roy Hodgson which fans could be encouraged by.

Hodgson has lost just one match as England coach in 90 minutes - the 4-2 reverse in Sweden three months ago - but that record masked some dated tactics salvaged and dogged defending. Against an underwhelming Brazil, England actually took the initiative.

Here are five pointers from the victory...

HODGSON MUST BUILD A TEAM AROUND WILSHERE
Jack Wilshere's first international start since June 2011 effected England so much they resembled a side capable of passing the ball. Offering thrust and agression, English football's best talent since Wayne Rooney is arguably more important for his country than his club and he overawed Brazil's (admittedly B-list) midfield with an ease that belied his relative inexperience.

Winning just his seventh cap, Arsène Wenger will have been concerned by Wilshere playing 90 minutes but Roy Hodgson could not contain his satisfaction at how the midfielder had galvanised England.

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Wilshere was man of the match

"It looks like you can crank the expectations up as much as you like and he's quite comfortable with it," Hodgson beamed after the game. England has its decennial saviour and a future captain.

RIO FERDINAND HAS TO RETURN
Gary Cahill's blunder which led to Fred's equaliser was perhaps karma for Hodgson suggesting he is a superior defender than Rio Ferdinand. It was a surprise to see Cahill start when, like at his club, he was the fourth best central defender in the squad. Phil Jagielka is enjoying an excellent season with Everton and although Roberto Mancini seems allergic to starting him, Joleon Lescott is a solid presence who featured in all of England's Euro 2012 matches. Cahill was lucky just to be called up.

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Cahill reacts after gifting Fred the equaliser

And he is synonymous with luck. His transfer to Chelsea last year came about despite André Villas-Boas being unconvinced, and yet he went on to win two cups. Fortune this season however has been unkind and his limitations have been glaringly exposed in a ramshackle Blues side.

Rio Ferdinand's omission is questionable when he remains England's best centre-back on form. After John Terry's "untenable" retirement the defence has emerged as a problem position for England after a decade of security with Ferdinand, Terry and Sol Campbell holding the fort. The outstanding performer of the 'golden generation', it is contradictory to select Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard yet overlook the Manchester United defender.

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Ferdinand remains England's best defender

TIME TO START BAINES
Ronaldinho sold his first dummy before the match when he accepted an award for his 100th cap to set the tone for an unmemorable night for Ashley Cole. Taken off at half-time as a precautionary to protect his tight hamstring, the seventh centurion was replaced by Leighton Baines, who again thrived wearing Three Lions on a shirt.

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Baines excelled in place of Cole again

Having an outstanding campaign in the Premier League, Baines' progress is all the more impressive after his disastrous performance against Mexico prior to the 2010 World Cup. Then he played with all the nerves of a four-year-old on his first day at school, compelling Fabio Capello to select Stephen Warnock ahead of him for the squad that travelled to South Africa. Warnock joined Championship side Leeds United last week while Baines was the subject of an enquiry from Manchester United in the summer. Bayern Munich are fans, as well.

Cole may boast the experience and 12 years of international consistency behind him but now he has reached three-figures it would be prudent of Hodgson to allow the accomplished Baines to acquire more experience.

LAMPARD IS MORE OF AN ASSET THAN GERRARD
England's shortcomings in the 21st century are perhaps defined by two players who could not be separated by three managers as they were shoehorned into the first XI. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have subordinated each other for a decade in the England side but at least Roy Hodgson is sensible enough not to start them together, although ironically it is Lampard who could be the greater asset.

Gerrard's form since the Christmas period has masked perhaps his poorest season at Anfield whereas Lampard has returned from injury still boasting that extraordinary goalscoring knack at 34, showcased brilliantly again with an instinctive winner against Brazil for his 27th England goal.

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Lampard hit a wonderful winner

Gerrard has always been the superior footballer out of the duo but with England bereft of a defensive midfielder the Liverpudlian must rein in his attacking streak if he is to retain his starting berth and captain status.

WEMBLEY CROWD CLOSE TO SPORT'S 'WORST'
The aesthetic pleasure of watching tennis can be tainted by dullards yelling at inappropriate times, most annoyingly when it is the three words "Come on Tim." Golf has its "Get in the hole!" faction and football now has Wembley.

It is a sad state of affairs when a number of idiots cannot keep mum for a minute in respect to the Brazilians who died in a recent nightclub fire, the upcoming 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death and 55 years on from the Munich air disaster. Add to that the obnoxious band and plastic clappers and the national stadium's attendants have cemented their status as one of the most depressing set in British sport.

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    England's Frank Lampard celebrates after scoring his team's second goal

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    England's Frank Lampard celebrates after scoring his team's second goal

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    England's Frank Lampard (right) celebrates scoring their second goal of the game with team-mate Danny Welbeck

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    England's Frank Lampard celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Frank Lampard of England (c) celebrates with team-mates after he scores his team's second goal during the International friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium on February 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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    England's midfielder Frank Lampard (L) celebrates with England's striker Danny Welbeck (R) after scoring England's second goal during the international friendly football match between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium in north London on February 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Fred of Brazil (L) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the equalising goal during the International friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium on February 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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    Brazil's striker Fred (C) scores Brazil's first goal and the equaliser during the international friendly football match between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium in north London on February 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Fred of Brazil (R) celebrates with team-mate Neymar of Brazil after scoring the equalising goal during the International friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium on February 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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    Brazil players celerbate Brazil's striker Fred's goal during the international friendly football match between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium in north London on February 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK,GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Brazil players celerbate Brazil's striker Fred's goal during the international friendly football match between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium in north London on February 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK,GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Fred of Brazil (L) celebrates with team-mate Neymar of Brazil after scoring the equalising goal during the International friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium on February 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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    Brazil players celerbate Brazil's striker Fred's (R) goal during the international friendly football match between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium in north London on February 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK,GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Gary Cahill of England (c) heads the ball during the International friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium on February 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Gary Cahill of England (3L) heads the ball during the International friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium on February 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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    England's Frank Lampard (second right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with teammates

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    England's Frank Lampard scores his side's second goal of the game

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    England's Wayne Rooney (right) and Brazil's David Luiz battle for the ball

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    England's Frank Lampard celebrates scoring their second goal of the game

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    England's Frank Lampard (18) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal

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    Brazil's Oscar (left) and England's Gary Cahill battle for the ball

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    Brazil's Fred scores his side's first goal of the game

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    England's Glen Johnson (right), Chris Smalling (left) and Gary Cahill (centre) appear dejected after Brazil's Fred (not in picture) scored his team's opening goal

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    Brazil's Fred (second right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring his team's opening goal

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    Brazil's Fred has a shot on goal which England's Gary Cahill (left) attempts to block

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    Brazil's Fred has a shot on goal which England's Gary Cahill (left) attempts to block

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    Brazil's Guedes Fred (left) and England's Chris Smalling (right) battle for the ball

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    Brazil's Fred (second right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with teammates

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    Brazil's Fred (19) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with teammate Neymar

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    Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar tips a header by England's Gary Cahill (on floor) over his crossbar

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    England's Theo Walcott (left) amd Brazil's Adriano (right) battle for the ball

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    Brazil's Gaucho Ronaldinho reacts after having a penalty saved by England's goalkeeper Joe Hart (not in picture)

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    England's Jack Wilshere (left) is squeezed out by Brazil's David Luiz (3) and Ramires (right)

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    England's Danny Welbeck (left) gets into an argument with referee Pedro Proenca

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    England's goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts after saving a penalty from Brazil's Ronaldinho (not in picture)

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    Brazil's Gaucho Ronaldinho reacts

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    Brazil's Gaucho Ronaldinho (left) and England's Steven Gerrard (right) battle for the ball

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    Brazil's Gaucho Ronaldinho (left) and England's Steven Gerrard (centre) battle for the ball

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    England's Wayne Rooney (right) celebrates with his team-mate Jack Wilshere (left) after scoring his team's opening goal

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    England's goalkeeper Joe Hart saves a penalty from Brazil's Ronaldinho (not in picture)

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    England's Wayne Rooney (right) celebrates with his team-mate Jack Wilshere (left) after scoring his team's opening goal

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    England's goalkeeper Joe Hart saves the rebound shot from Ronaldinho (centre) after first stopping his penalty

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    England's Ashley Cole has a shot looking for a goal on his 100th cap

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    England's Theo Walcott shoots on goal chased by Brazil's Adriano before Wayne Rooney scores the rebound

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    England's Gary Cahill and Brazil's Junior Neymar (right) battle for the ball

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    Brazil's Junior Neymar (right) and England's Jack Wilshere (left) battle for the ball

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    England goalkeeper Joe Hart denies Brazil's Gaucho Ronaldinho (right) for a second time after saving his initial penalty

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    Brazil's Joe Paulo Paulinho (right) and England's Jack Wilshere (left) battle for the ball

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    Brazil's Gaucho Ronaldinho reacts after having a penalty saved by England's goalkeeper Joe Hart (left)

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    England's Wayne Rooney (Centre) scores their first goal of the game

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    Brazil's Gaucho Ronaldinho (right) sees his penalty saved by England goalkeeper Joe Hart