England lost to Italy 2-1 in their opening fixture and Uruguay lost to Costa Rica 3-1. Its a “do or die” match for both the teams. Engalnd created quite a few chances against Italy and deserved a point atleast. Uruguay had no positives to take from the Costa Rica game, with their defence looking vulnerable and they will heavily rely on their star striker Luis Suarez against England.
Luis Suárez has declared himself “100% fit” to start for Uruguay which will be a major boost for them after their 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica. England boss Roy Hodgson told the reporters that they are ready for the return of Luis Suarez.
“We believe Luis Suarez will come back and that will be a big boost for them, not just as a player but as a sort of confidence booster for the whole team,” Hodgson told reporters in Rio before the squad left for Sao Paulo.
“Of course, we would like to think that as a team we can keep him quiet but I’m sure he’s got other ideas,” he added.
“We know how good he is. We know what he can do and our players will have to make certain, like they do when they play against Liverpool, that they deal with it.”
Roy Hodgson : “He is not in contention for tomorrow, but he will take part in the next four training sessions.
“Today was his last training session as, if you like, an individual.
“At the minute, we could have taken a chance with him tomorrow, but it would be much better if he uses the four days after this game and before the Costa Rica game to train with the team.
“Fortunately for us, his actual injury has responded really well to treatment but I don’t think we will put him into the firing line tomorrow before he has had some training sessions with the team.”
Maxi Pereira misses out through suspension after getting himself unnecessarily sent off in the last match. Álvaro Gonzalez is expected to replace him in the starting XI. Diego Lugano is out with a knee injury and Sebastian Coates will replace him in the starting XI.
Predicted starting XI:
Raheem Sterling is expected to start in the number 10 role for Roy Hodgson after an impressive performance against Italy. England boss might also opt for Adam Lallana instead of Danny Welbeck. Another possible change in the England line up might be Luke Shaw coming in for Leighton Baines. Skipper Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson are expected to start in the central midfield for England.
As for Uruguay Luis Suarez is expected to replace Diego Forlan. Óscar Tabárez might opt for Álvaro Pereira at left-back and Martín Cáceres switching over to right-back. Gaston Ramirez might start for Uruguay to provide them much needed creativity in the middle.
- England are winless against Uruguay at the World Cup. They’ve met twice: in 1954 (Uruguay won 4-2 in the quarter-finals) and 1966 (0-0).
- Their last encounter dates back to 1 March 2006 in a friendly at Anfield. England won 2-1 thanks to goals from Peter Crouch and Joe Cole.
- England have scored in each of their last eight World Cup encounters with South American sides.
- Uruguay played twice in São Paulo the last time the World Cup was held in Brazil (1950), drawing 2-2 against Spain and winning 3-2 against Sweden.
- England recorded their highest ever World Cup pass completion rate (91%) in the opening match vs Italy (1966-2014).
- Daniel Sturridge has scored three goals in his last four appearances for England.
- Wayne Rooney is yet to score a World Cup goal. This will be his 10th game, if he plays.
- Rooney created more chances than any other player in the England vs Italy game (3, including one assist).
- Uruguay continued their run of not winning an opening group game since 1970 and they have won only once in their second game in their last six World Cup appearances.
- Uruguay have picked a red card in two of their last four games at the World Cup.
- England have never conceded 2+ goals in three successive World Cup games before.