There were four lineup changes from the last match, the 1-1 draw against Scotland at
Hampden Park on 14 April. On the wings, Stanley Matthews replaced Tom
Finney and Colin Grainger, making his debut, took over from Bill Perry, who had
made the last of his three England appearances. Tom Finney was left
out having undergone a surgical operation in the past week.
The promising Tommy
Taylor moved from inside right to centre-forward, replacing Nat Lofthouse,
who was soon to fall out of favour altogether, and John Atyeo, earning his
second cap, came in as inside right. At right halfback, Jimmy Dickinson,
nearing the end of his England career, gave way to Ronnie Clayton because of
Reg Matthews remained in goal for his second cap, as the
selectors continued the search for a long-term goalkeeper. Jeff Hall
appeared set to become Roger Byrne's regular partner at fullback, and
Duncan Edwards and Johnny Haynes were on their way to joining Billy Wright as
fixtures in the team.
As for reserves - on the same day that the
team was named to play Brazil on 27 May, the tour squad of West Germany, Finland
and Sweden was named. So Manchester United's Ray Wood, Burnley's Tommy
Cummings, Ronnie Clayton, who replaced Dickinson in the line-up, Manchester
United's Johnny Berry, Gordon Astall, Nat Lofthouse and Dennis Wilshaw may have
all been present.