England plays Brazil in a friendly on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Whether England will return to Brazil for next year's World Cup finals remains in the balance.

Its performance in Wednesday's 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland underlined yet again, as if we needed to be reminded, that for England winning games is as difficult as it is for opponents to beat it.

England has played six qualifying games for Brazil 2014 to date, winning three and drawing three. The problem is, you don't reach for the World Cup with draws.