England’s first match at the new stadium was against Brazil.
After a seven-year break England were back at Wembley on this day in 2007 and the opposition could hardly have been more mouth-watering. The Brazil of Ronaldinho, Kaka and Robinho were guaranteed to stretch Steve McClaren’s England as they prepared for a EURO 2008 qualifier in Estonia.
Skipper John Terry became the first England player to score at the new stadium, powering a far-post header into the roof of the net from David Beckham’s free-kick on 68 minutes.
England’s former captain, winning his 95th cap but his first since the World Cup in Germany, had received wild applause from the 88,000 crowd as his name was read out by the announcer before kick-off.
The pace of Kieron Dyer, substituting for Alan Smith, became a significant threat to the Brazilians as the home side tried hard to add to the 1-0 scoreline in the second half.
In the end they were only seconds away from achieving their first win against the five-time World Cup winners since a Gary Lineker goal beat them at the old Wembley in 1990.
Just when it looked as though Brazil had run out of time, Diego steered a header into the corner from Gilberto Silva’s cross for an equaliser in the third and final minute of stoppage time. Five days later England won 3-0 in Tallinn.