Rangers play down debt report

England claimed their first win over Brazil in nearly a quarter

of a century as they won 2-1 at Wembley.

On a memorable night, which saw Ashley Cole claim his 100th cap

for his country, England went ahead on 27 minutes through Wayne

Rooney.

His goal came just moments after Joe Hart had brilliantly kept

out Ronaldinho’s penalty but, just after the break, Brazil

substitute Fred flashed home an excellent equaliser and not long

after he struck the woodwork.

But it was another replacement – Frank Lampard – who ensured

England beat Brazil for the first time in 23 years as the

midfielder side-footed home clinically from the edge of the box to

give Roy Hodgson’s side victory.

England looked dangerous early on with Jack Wilshere impressing

on his return to the international stage, but he was adjudged to

have handled a Ronaldinho cross, which gave the Atletico Mineiro

man a chance to open the scoring.

However, on his 100th appearance for his country, Ronaldinho saw

his shot parried by Hart and the Manchester City keeper beat him to

the rebound before Neymar was unable to convert from close

range.

It was no surprise, though, that Arsenal midfielder Wilshere

played a major part in the build-up to England’s opening goal after

26 minutes from Rooney.

His pass picked out the surge forward of Gunners team-mate Theo

Walcott, whose low drive was blocked by QPR keeper Julio Cesar.

However, Rooney seized on the rebound and coolly tucked away his

33rd goal for his country with a low drive straight down the middle

of the goal.

England attacked with plenty of pace and Walcott fired over the

bar but they had a let-off after 37 minutes when the highly-rated

Neymar slid in at the far post and shot over from close range after

Oscar had outpaced Chelsea team-mate Cole before crossing.

Leighton Baines and Lampard replaced Cole and Tom Cleverley

respectively at the start of the second period, whilst Brazil made

a hat-trick of substitutions with Fred, Arouca and Lucas replacing

Fabiano, Ramires and Ronaldinho.

Steven Gerrard forced Cesar to parry his dipping drive two

minutes into the second half but a mistake by Gary Cahill saw Fred

equalise 60 seconds later.

The Chelsea defender was caught in possession bringing the ball

out from defence and in an instant Fred drilled a fierce shot past

Hart from the edge of the box. The goalscorer almost struck again

when his shot rattled the bar after Hart’s clearance had bounced

off Cahill.

But Cahill almost made amends for his error when he got on the

end of a Gerrard corner and saw his header tipped over the bar by

Cesar. The keeper then fingertipped away Walcott’s ball into the

danger area but Gerrard could not keep his follow-up shot down.

England were not to be denied the win over Brazil as Lampard

restored their lead on the hour. Walcott’s centre was only

partially cleared and Wilshere turned the ball back to Lampard,

whose curling shot hit the inside of a post and crossed the line

for his 27th England goal.

Channel 4 News reported that Orlit Enterprises was seeking a

winding-up order over an alleged debt of ?400,000 for helping

source the initial investment which helped Charles Green’s company

acquire the assets and business of oldco Rangers in June last

year.

However, Rangers tonight played down the debt and claimed a

repayment plan had been agreed.

The club issued a “court petition statement”, which read: “With

regard to stories circulating about Rangers and Orlit, the sums

sought are insignificant and agreement has been reached subject to

the necessary paperwork.

“Rangers Football Club is capable of meeting any debts presented

legitimately and we would like to stress to our supporters there is

no threat to the club whatsoever.

“The matter is unworthy of further comment.”