Published: 11:00, 18 June 2014
A Kent football superfan has rubbed shoulders with a World Cup star in Brazil in a chance encounter.
Sittingbourne builder Terry Matson saw England put in a sterling, but ultimately unsuccessful performance against Italy.
But returning to his Sao Paulo hotel, he bumped into Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o who is also staying there with the rest of the squad.
Terry, 53, arrived in Sao Paulo last week for his seventh World Cup following the Three Lions.
He has tickets for England's three group games that kicked-off on Saturday with a trip to the capital of the steamy Amazon rain forest, Manaus.
England lost 2-1, but defeat against an experienced and well-drilled Italian side was no disgrace.
Roy Hodgson's men played with rare verve, and with youngsters such as Raheem Sterling bringing pace and fearless adventure to England's too-often one-paced attack, there is genuine hope our World Cup journey has some distance to go.
For Terry, three days in the jungle meant "no wi-fi or phone", but it all added up to a "great experience".
He said: "Before the game we had a great time in a big square full of bars and Englishmen.
But he added: "Brazilians we met seemed to be supporting Italy, not us."
England take on Uruguay tomorrow night, which has inevitably been described as a "do-or-die clash".
Terry's hopeful, more than confident, we'll "get it right" this time, as he has tickets for all games involving the Three Lions including this year's final - should we get there.
African side Cameroon are known for their indomitable spirit - how England could do with a drop of that tomorrow night.
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