Man United, West Ham… EIGHT England players who could have been Brazilian

Brazil are the most successful national team in world football. Their style of football is attractive, with fans from almost every other country wishing their nation could play the game with such beauty.

They are known as the Samba Stars and they’ve been able to boast some of the best players ever in the world. Pele, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Neymar… to name but a few.

But what England players could’ve made it into the Brazilian set up over the years? Have we had players as good as Brazil’s?

Well here’s EIGHT that could’ve had a chance…
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Paul Gascoigne


On his day, Gazza was as good as any player in world football. He was instrumental to England’s ’90 and ’96 major tournaments.

His control of the ball and general midfield dominance meant he would have walked in to any Brazil squad during his best years. Some would argue he is the most talented English footballer of all time. That’s how good he was.

Stanley Matthews


For 30 years, Matthews was known as the best dribbler of the ball around. He loved the ball at his feet and he loved to beat a man, which is why he would have been the perfect foil to Brazil’s tricky stars.

They didn’t call him the Wizard of Dribble for nothing, after all.

David Beckham


Brazilians are well known for their dead ball abilities. So there’s no reason why one of England’s best ever-dead ball takers couldn’t be South American.

David ‘Golden Balls’ Beckham will always be remembered for the free-kick against Greece that took England to the 2002 World Cup – a goal any samba star would be proud to call his own.

Glenn Hoddle


Hoddle was the player Gazza was compared to on many occasions. He was something of a luxury player for England – something Brazil have had many of over the years.

Many fans that watched him play will tell you how delightful and entertaining he was to watch and with a left foot to die for, and a footballing brain that was way ahead of its time, it’s not difficult to see why he wouldn’t of looked out of place in the yellow of Brazil.

John Barnes


When given the freedom to play, Barnes was one of the best players in the world.

Barnes was both skillful and exciting, which is pretty much all you need to be if you’re going to make the Brazil squad.

He loves music too, so he’s bound to have a few samba-style moves for the pitch as well as the dance floor.

David Dunn

Obviously a joke inclusion, but he certainly thought he had the silky skills to make it as a Brazilian.

Remember the Rabona he tried when playing for Birmingham against Aston Villa? If not, here it is…

Ronaldinho would’ve been proud.

Joe Cole


On his day, Joe Cole was arguably the most skillful and talented player of his generation. A product of West Ham’s famed youth academy, it didn’t take long for Chelsea to realise his potential and bring him to Stamford Bridge.

He was just as good for England as he was for the clubs he played for and, had he been Brazilian, he could’ve got on the team sheet.

Matt Le Tissier


The didn’t call Matt Le Tissier a genius for nothing. He was technically gifted and scored some of the most extraordinary goals you’re ever likely see – the kind that normally come from the feet of Brazilians.

He could take a penalty, too – scoring 47 out of 48 penalties throughout his career.

 


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