Luiz Felipe Scolari and Ronaldinho endured disappointing returns to international football as Brazil lost 2-1 to England, while Spain, Germany and Argentina all won high-profile friendlies on Wednesday to justify their positions as the world's top three teams.
World champion Spain stretched its unbeaten run to 17 games by beating Uruguay 3-1, Germany came from behind to beat France 2-1 away and Lionel Messi failed to score but played a key role in Argentina's 3-2 win over Sweden.
Scolari, taking charge of his first game in his second spell as Brazil coach, saw Frank Lampard score a second-half winner for England. Ronaldinho had a penalty saved in his first appearance for Brazil in a year.
Marco Verratti scored a stoppage-time equalizer for Italy in a 1-1 draw at the Netherlands.