England played Brazil at Wembley 47 years ago today.
England took on the reigning World Champions on this day in 1963. The brilliant Brazilians had retained the World Cup in Chile the previous year and more than 93,000 fans poured into Wembley to watch them – even though Pele, Garrincha and Zito were missing.
An England team skippered by Jimmy Armfield made a bright start and Gilmar had to make smart saves from Bobby Smith, Bryan Douglas and Bobby Charlton inside the first 15 minutes.
But it was Brazil who shocked the home crowd with a goal at the end of virtually their first attack, Pepe beating Gordon Banks with an incredible free-kick that seemed to bend both ways.
England were unlucky not to equalise early in the second half, Charlton heading Douglas’s cross against a post and then seeing another effort cleared off the line by Rildo.
It looked as though they would never score, but they did level matters with just five minutes remaining. Charlton flicked on Armfield’s cross and Blackburn winger Douglas was in the right place to stab the ball home.
It was no more than England deserved on that May afternoon.