Edu: Kleberson should start
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Edu fears England will swamp the midfield engine room if Scolari persists with the formation he has deployed in the tournament thus far.
Brazil have been relatively lightweight in the centre of midfield with Gilberto Silva the only player handed responsibility for defensive duties.
The likes of Juninho, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo are all attack-minded footballers and are not renowned for their tackling ability, or tracking back.
Gunners ace Edu, whose late season form at Highbury could have earned him a call-up to the Brazil squad, believes there will be a lack of protection in midfield if Kleberson is omitted.
Kleberson has been restricted to substitute outings in the tournament but Edu feels it is time the Atletico Paranaense man was thrust into the starting line-up for the quarter final showdown.
"The most interesting thing about the game is that we must not allow the England midfield to settle," Edu told the Brazilian media.
"What would make me happy is for coach Scolari to play Kleberson because if he does not play, and with just a lone protector against four players, it is going to be very difficult to effectively mark their midfield."
Edu has also warned the shaky Brazilian defence to be on their guard against the little and large striking duo of Michael Owen and Emile Heskey.
Brazil's back line has looked decidedly vulnerable in the Far East and Edu feels the central defenders must maintain their concentration.
He added: "England's attack is from Liverpool with the aerial ability of Heskey setting things up for the speedy Owen.
"The Brazilian defence must pay attention not to leave Owen alone. One of them has to compete in the air with Heskey and the other must follow Owen."