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Jun 2, 2013

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted England were "disappointed" not to beat Brazil in Sunday's friendly at the Maracana after leading the hosts deep into the match before surrendering a 2-2 draw.

The Arsenal winger's strike levelled the scores for the Three Lions before Wayne Rooney's long-range goal gave his side a momentary lead.

Although Oxlade-Chamberlain was unable to recall his goal, the 19-year-old insists the result proves England should have higher expectations against the world's top teams.

"I can't really remember (my goal) to be honest," he told ITV1. "I think I played it to Lamps, he played it round the corner to Wazza, he set it and I just hit it.

"The fact we did go 2-1 up, you always want to close out the game so in that sense we're disappointed. Brazil are a top quality side and they tried to break us down but we kept our shape well. It's tough coming away in this heat, in a stadium like this and with their quality, it's a good result."

England boss Roy hodgson echoed Oxlade-Chamberlain's comments but was pleased with a draw given Brazil's dominance of the match.

"Some draws can be labelled victories and some can be labelled defeats," he said. "We were disappointed after the Ireland game, not to win that, and I suppose I'm disappointed today because we scored quite late on.

"But we were scotched by a wonder strike, I have to say, and I also have to say we didn't play anywhere near what we can in the first half and Brazil did, so it's a fair result over the 90 minutes."

Hodgson went on to praise Oxlade-Chamberlain, claiming the youngster's introduction changed the match.

"He was very lively," Hodgson said. "Phil Jones was doing an excellent job but is really more of a defender playing in midfield. Alex gets on the ball and gets turned around, he added another dimension and got his reward by scoring a very good goal."

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