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Loo Read – Your bitesize guide to England’s make or break game against Uruguay

Three Lions' World Cup dreams hinge on tonight's game

by Sean Goff | June 19, 2014

Vincente del Bosque will “consider his future” after champions Spain were dumped out by Chile last night and Roy Hodgson may have to follow suit if they fail to take at least a point against Uruguay tonight (8pm).

Much of the pre-match focus is on whether a) a fully-fit Wayne Rooney will be selected or b) whether a not so fully-fit Luis Suarez will get to terrorise the same defenders like he did for Liverpool last season. The smart money is on Rooney being played in a more central role to try to get at Uruguay’s dodgy defence.

Maxi Pereira is suspended having been sent off in injury time against Costa Rica – but Diego Lugano’s absence will come as a bigger blow to England than the South Americans as he looked as slow as Joey Essex in the 3-1 opening game defeat by Costa Rica.

 

Colombia v Ivory Coast – 5pm | Brasilia

  • These two sides have never met before.
  • Colombia’s opening 3-0 win against Greece was their biggest at a World Cup finals.
  • Ivory Coast haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last eight games – and both sides have scored.

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England v Uruguay  – 8pm | Sao Paolo

  • Uruguay’s surprise loss to Costa Rica in the opening game should give England plenty of confidence but only four teams have progressed to the World Cup knockout teams since 1998 – after losing their opening match.
  • England tend to score early and 16 of their last 20 goals have come before half-time.
  • Daniel Sturridge has hit the net three times in his last four games for England and is 11/2 to score first or 13/8 at anytime.

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Japan v Greece – 11pm | Natal

  • The last time they met in the Confederations Cup in 2005 – JApan won 1-0.
  • Greece have failed to keep a clean sheet at any World Cup losing six of their seven games.
  • Keisuke Honda is the first Japanese player to score at two World Cups.

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Other News

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  • Fifa are getting ready to crack down on ‘unsporting’ behaviour off the pitch as fans from Mexico, Russia, Brazil and Croatia are being investigaed by the Fare network.
  • Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey have left their coaching roles at Tottenham while Julian Dicks has been appointed West Ham Ladies manager. No sniggering please.

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