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JJ heeds Brazilian lesson

Posted on 16 November 2009  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas will be taking plenty of positives away from his first international appearance in over a year at the weekend.

JJ heeds Brazilian lesson

Jermaine Jenas will be taking plenty of positives away from his first international appearance in over a year at the weekend.

The midfielder played 90 minutes of England's 1-0 friendly defeat against Brazil in Qatar on Saturday.

And although the five-time world champions dominated against a Three Lions side missing a number of key players, JJ is looking on the bright side.

Having been tasked with trying to keep Kaka under control for most of the match, he believes Fabio Capello's men will have learned a lesson ahead of next summer's World Cup in South Africa.

"It was an invaluable experience," said JJ. "When you play against one of the best teams in the world, you learn so much.

"We were a group of players who are not regulars at this level and we were asked to come in and do a certain job and, apart from the goal, I don't think we put in a bad performance.

"Every player in their team was so comfortable on the ball, which made it tough to gain possession and do what we wanted to do.

"But we've learnt from it and if we come up against them in the World Cup finals, we'll have this to take into that game."

JJ was one of four Spurs players on show at the Khalifa National Stadium, with strikers Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe being joined off the bench late on by England debutant Tom Huddlestone.

"Tom's done really well this year and he thoroughly deserves his chance," added JJ on his midfield colleague.

"We are both from Nottingham and both have similar backgrounds. It was a nice moment for him and I'm really pleased for him.

"Having four Spurs players involved is a sign of how well we are doing this year - and long may it continue."