England’s stunning victory over Denmark today booked a potential quarter-final clash against four-time champions Brazil in Shizuoka next Friday.
Although Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men are not yet through to the last eight themselves, Brazil will be fancied to beat Belgium in Kobe on Monday.
The two sides have met 20 times since their first encounter in 1956, although they have not faced each other in competitive action since the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
The last time England beat Brazil was courtesy of Gary Lineker goal in a friendly at Wembley 12 years ago and they have never won against the Samba boys in the World Cup.
Here, PA Sport takes a look brief back at some of those encounters
7/6/1970 - World Cup finals in Guadalajara, Mexico, 0-1
Dubbed the final which might have been, world champions England lined up against champions-elect Brazil in the searing 98-degrees heat of the Jalisco Stadium.
The match saw one of the best defences in the world take on the most flamboyant attack the game had ever seen - and England stopper Gordon Banks was on hand to pull off the greatest save of all time in the first half when he dived the full length of the goal to scoop Pele’s downward header out from under the goalmouth and behind.
Bobby Moore was a rock at the heart of the England defence with some brilliant tackling, but could do little to stop Brazil going ahead in the second half.
Tostao held off the attentions of the England skipper and fed Pele, who teed the ball up for Jairzinho to smash the ball past Banks from close range.
Substitute Jeff Astle then famously missed an open goal and it was Brazil who would go on to top the group and eventually fulfil their destiny.
10/6/1984 - Friendly International in Rio de Janerio, 2-0
Bobby Robson’s England had failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship finals when they headed to South America for a high-profile friendly.
And his inexperienced side played beyond their years to become the first England team to beat Brazil in their own backyard.
John Barnes scored a magnificent individual goal when he cut in from the left and weaved past four defenders and the keeper to slot into an empty net. Then just for good measure, he set up the second for Mark Hateley.
10/6/1962 - World Cup quarter-final, Vina del Mar, Chile, 1-3 (Eng: Gerry Hitchens; Bra: Garrincha (2) & Vara)
Walter Winterbottom’s side had progressed through to the last eight ahead of Argentina on goal difference after picking up four points from their three group games.
They found themselves up against it in the quarter-finals, but had got through to half-time on level terms after Hitchens cancelled out Garrincha’s opener.
However, Brazil let rip after the break and another goal from Brazil’s tricky winger sealed the win just before the hour after Vava had got in on the act too.
Brazil went on to win the final against Czechoslovakia, while England would have to wait another four years for their moment of triumph.
11/6/1958 - World Cup finals, Gothenburg, Sweden, 0-0
England’s 1958 World Cup squad was deprived of Manchester United’s Duncan Edwards following the Munich air disaster - and then hampered further by the omission of Stanley Matthews and Nat Lofthouse by the selectors.
England drew 2-2 with the Soviet Union in their first game and then a solid defensive display with Don Howe alongside Billy Wright in the centre and Bill Slater man-marking Didi stifled the Brazilians to a goalless draw.
Another draw followed against Austria, with England eventually being eliminated after a first-round play-off against the USSR. Brazil - and a young Pele - went on to win the Jules Rimet Trophy for the first time.
27/5/2000 - Friendly international at Wembley, 1-1 (Eng: Michael Owen; Bra: Franca)
England’s final preparations for Euro 2000 welcomed the 1998 World Cup runners-up to Wembley.
Owen gave England the lead just before the interval after collecting a flick-on from Alan Shearer to slot past Dida.
The lead lasted just five minutes, though, as Franca headed in a corner on the stroke of half-time.
10/6/1997 - Le Tournoi in Paris, 0-1 (Romario)
After beating both Italy and then hosts France, England could enjoy their encounter with the world champions.
The match was, though, a fairly tame, but nevertheless entertaining encounter and was settled by a solitary goal on the hour mark.
Leonardo ghosted past the England defence and found Romario breaking on the left. He brushed off the attentions of Gareth Southgate before coolly tucking the ball past David Seaman and into the far corner.
11/6/1995 - Umbro Cup at Wembley, 1-3
Terry Venables’ unbeaten record was well-and-truly ended when the world champions came from behind to silence Wembley and inflict England’s first home defeat for four years.
England had led the Brazilians for nearly an hour following Graeme Le Saux’s spectacular 25-yard volley.
But they could only watch as Juninho’s curled in an indefensible free-kick, a then teenage sensation Ronaldo grabbed his first international goal, and Edmundo snatched a third.
Other England results v Brazil
13/6/1993 - US Cup in Washington DC, 1-1 (Eng: David Platt; Bra: Santos)
17/5/1992 - Friendly International at Wembley, 1-1 (Eng: Platt; Bra: Bebeto)
28/3/1990 - Friendly International at Wembley, 1-0 (Gary Lineker)
19/5/1987 - Friendly International at Wembley, 1-1 (Eng: Lineker; Bra: Mirandinha)
12/5/1981 - Friendly International at Wembley, 0-1 (Zico)
19/4/1978 - Friendly International at Wembley, 1-1 (Eng: Keegan; Bra: Gil)
8/6/1977 - Friendly International in Rio de Janeiro, 0-0
23/5/1976 - US Bicentenary Tournament in Los Angeles, 0-1 (Dinaminte)
12/6/1969 - Friendly International in Rio de Janerio, 1-2 (Eng: Colin Bell; Bra: Tostao & Jairzinho)
30/5/1964 - Copa de Janerio in Rio, 1-5 (Eng: Jimmy Greaves; Bra: Rinaldo (2), Pele, Julinho, Roberto Dias)
8/5/1963 - Friendly International at Wembley, 1-1 (Eng: Bryan Douglas; Bra: Pepe)
13/5/1959 - Friendly International in Rio de Janerio, 0-2 (Julinho & Henrique)
9/5/1956 - Friendly International at Wembley, 4-2 (Eng: Tommy Taylor (2) & Colin Grainger (2); Bra: Paulinho)
England record v Brazil:
Played 20, Won 3, Drawn 8, Lost 9, Goals For 17, Goals Against 27