Leeds United throwback - Whites past, present and future involved in England's famous Brazil defeat

England goalkeeper David Seaman at full-time. (Getty)England goalkeeper David Seaman at full-time. (Getty)
England goalkeeper David Seaman at full-time. (Getty)
A day for Three Lions supporters to forget.

The day...

June 21, 2002


England v Brazil, World Cup.

What happened?

When England took on Brazil in the quarter finals of the 2002 World Cup there was involvement from Leeds United's past, present and future in South Korea and Japan.

Three Lions goalkeeper David Seaman - who was left in tears at full-time - had spent time on the books at Elland Road as a youth player while Brazilian defender Roque Junior would spend a season on loan in West Yorkshire in 2003-04.

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Defensive duo Danny Mills and Rio Ferdinand also enhanced their reputations at the tournament with a strong showing which drove interest for their signatures.

England would lose 2-1 to 10-man Brazil in Shizuoka as goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldinho - who was later sent off - either side of the half-time interval cancelled out Michael Owen's opener.

The game is best remembered for Seaman's blunder as a speculative free-kick caught the stopper off the line - a costly mistake which would see Sven Goran-Eriksson's side crash out of the competition in agonising fashion.