Barrosso wants England friendly

The Mineirao is under construction ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

“We want England to play Brazil in a friendly in the opening match of the new stadium on Feb. 8 2013 on the recognised date for FIFA friendlies,” Barroso, the secretary of the stadium, said.

“We know what Ricardo Teixeira has said about the English, but the opening of the new stadium is more than just what he has said and his view of England. I am speaking to him and I am going to ask him to invite England to play here.

“FIFA says it is all about fair play and the good of the game so lets see what Mr Teixeira will do about it.

“England was the birthplace of football and Brazil developed the game and there are very strong links between our two footballing countries.”