Uruguay vs England World Cup 2014: match preview

A look ahead to the Three Lions’ crucial match in Sao Paulo

It is ‘crunch time’ for England as a win would eliminate group favourites Uruguay but a loss would send Roy Hodgson’s roster for a very early holiday.

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Wayne Rooney is expected to start again albeit complaints regarding his performance against Italy and rumours from certain sections of the media which supported that he was training with the reserves. The Manchester United striker said that he was just putting more effort into practice.

The Three Lions showed some positive signs at last week’s defeat as Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling both put on an excellent performance. The England manager is fortunate enough to have no injury concerns and has had good news at practice as Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain trained with the team for a short while.

Uruguay are looking to erase their shocking 3-1 defeat to underdogs Costa Rica and are hoping to count on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who has declared himself fit for Thursday’s showdown. If Suarez does not start, then manager Oscar Tabarez will be looking for the 2010 top player Diego Forlan to fill in the void and much will be expected by Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani.

The Celeste will be missing the services of defender Maxi Pereira who was sent off last week.

KICK-OFF: Thursday, 8pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS

England 2 (Crouch, Cole) Uruguay 1 (Pouso), International Friendly, March 2006

England 0 Uruguay 0, International Friendly, March 1995

England 1 (Barnes) Uruguay 2 (Ostolaza, Perdomo), International Friendly, May 1990

 

STATS

Last time those two sides met at the World Cup, was in 1966 where the Three Lions got a goalless draw at the competition’s opener and went on to win the entire competition at home.

Both teams have squared off 10 times where England have won three of the exchange and lost four.

Needless to say, Wayne Rooney has yet to score a World Cup goal. The Manchester United striker’s spell has now been extended to 684 minutes.

Frank Lampard holds a negative record of most shots without a goal, which is worse than any other player at the World Cup finals since 1966. The Chelsea legend has picked up 39 shots but no goals.

England have only lost three of their last 17 World Cup matches and have won seven – excluding the penalty shoot-out defeats.

ODDS

Uruguay to win: 11.4

England to win: 23.20

Draw: 12.5

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