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TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR JULIO

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08:50 7th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

R's stopper believes Brazil must make the most of their time together following England defeat...

QPR keeper Julio Cesar insists Brazil must be efficient with the time they spend together following his countries 2-1 defeat to England last night.

The Rangers stopper was handed his first start for The Seleção in over a year by boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Brazil qualify for the 2014 World Cup automatically as hosts and that is a limiting factor on the time the squad are spending together according to Cesar.

"The fact we are not playing the qualifiers complicates Scolari's job a bit," said Cesar following Wednesday’s defeat.

"There is too little time to work. But we have to use that time the best we can. We have some friendlies against big national teams and we'll try to be well for the Confederations Cup."

Cesar lined-up at Wembley Stadium against England but he was unable to prevent Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard from scoring in the Three Lions win.

That was despite the custodian saving bravely at the feet of Theo Walcott and denying Gary Cahill with a close range header in another good performance from the stopper.

Elsewhere, Jamie Mackie was an unused substitute for Scotland in their 1-0 victory against Estonia.

The R’s midfielder was included in new manager Gordon Strachan’s first squad for the friendly at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie Stadium.

However, he did not feature as Charlie Mulgrew’s 39th minute goal handed the Scots the win.

Finally, Frankie Sutherland played 45 minutes for the Republic of Ireland Under 21’s in their 3-0 friendly win against Holland yesterday.

Sutherland replaced Aston Villa’s Samir Carruthers after half-time as Aiden O’Brien’s first-half brace and Anthony Forde’s penalty handed Eire a comfortable victory against the Dutch.

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