Sinclair pleased with efforts

Jamaica defender Frank Sinclair believes the Reggae Boyz emerged with heads held high and their credibility intact despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to Brazil at Leicester City's Walkers Stadium.

Jamaica defender Frank Sinclair believes the Reggae Boyz emerged with heads held high and their credibility intact despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to Brazil at Leicester City's Walkers Stadium.

Sinclair completed the full 90 minutes of Sunday's defeat to the World Cup holders, Real Madrid left-back Roberto Carlos having scored the only goal of the friendly with a long-range banana shot which found the back of the Jamaica net on the quarter-hour mark.

But the 31-year-old Sinclair, who plies his domestic trade in the Barclaycard Premiership with the Foxes, said Jamaica had kicked off against Brazil with damage limitation already being a priority.

"We were definitely pleased with the way things went because the challenge for us was not to be disgraced and not to come off the pitch embarrassed," said Sinclair.

"That is what we tried to do and I didn't think we disgraced ourselves, a lot of our players came off that pitch after good performances and a bit more credit to their names as well.

"Obviously we were going to have to concede a lot of possession to Brazil during the course of the game but we remained pretty disciplined.

"We stuck to the coach's plan which was to try and hit them on the break.

"We had to show them the respect they richly deserve but we looked pretty disciplined throughout and we never lost our organisation.

"Brazil certainly kept the ball well and passed it about but I thought we competed with them, knocked it about just as well at times and also got a couple of opportunities which we were always going to get during the course of the 90 minutes.

"It was just unfortunate we couldn't take them."

And Sinclair, who cites Brazilian legend Pele as his football idol, was prepared to bracket Manchester United frontman and Holland international Ruud Van Nistelrooy alongside World Cup winner Ronaldo after having to contend with both strikers within the space 15 days at the Walkers Stadium.

"I enjoyed playing at the Walkers Stadium because I like playing there anyway, but there were mixed feelings for me because I felt I was representing my club and my country.

"I was proud to be doing both at the same time.

"But I also learned a lot out there, especially about Ronaldo - I learned he was bigger than I thought and a bit stronger as well.

"I was marshalling him quite a lot during the game and he showed little bits of his world class.

"And I have to say, I was very impressed with their players overall.

"But Ronaldo was no better than the last player I came up against at the Walkers Stadium and that was Ruud Van Nistelrooy, who scored at hat-trick for Manchester United the last time I played for Leicester at home.

"Ronaldo showed bits and pieces but he was pretty quiet on the whole, although his touches were good and his runs were sharp."