The Lionesses campaign didn’t quite get the start the way they had hoped for, when Lucy Bronze was adjudged to have fouled Marta and Brazil were awarded a penalty just 16 minutes into the game.
However, the Lionesses didn’t lose heart and in the second half they upped their game and goals from Ellen White and Beth Mead gave Phil Neville’s side the win their intensity deserved.
Next up for the Lionesses is the USA on in Nashville on Saturday night (9.55pm GMT kick-off), which you can see live on BBC Two. They will then face Japan on Tuesday.
England (4-3-3): 13 Carly Telford (Chelsea); 2 Lucy Bronze (Lyon), 5 Steph Houghton (capt; Manchester City), 6 Abbie McManus (Manchester City), 3 Alex Greenwood (Manchester United); 4 Keira Walsh (Manchester City), 10 Fran Kirby (Chelsea), 8 Isobel Christiansen (Lyon); 7 Nikita Parris (Manchester City), 18 Ellen White (Birmingham City), 20 Karen Carney (Chelsea).
Substitutes: 17 Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) for Christiansen 66, 22 Beth Mead (Arsenal) for Carney 66, 11 Toni Duggan (Barcelona) for White 76, 23 Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City) for Kirby 87.
Goals: White 49, Mead 75
Bookings: Bronze 27
Head coach: Phil Neville