England vs. Uruguay
Thursday 19th June 2014
FIFA World Cup 2014 Group G
England’s opening day defeat to Italy has been greeted indifferently in England. A positive performance has fans and critics alike optimistic that the English will overrule Uruguay on Thursday. Roy Hodgson’s men brushed off the cobwebs of three pre-World Cup friendlies to go down
fighting to a solid Azzurri side. Wayne Rooney has been this summer’s scapegoat, his position in the team much scrutinized and will perhaps have a greater say this Thursday if reverted to his preferred central position.
Getting off to the worst possible start against minnows Costa Rica, Uruguay still pose a threat to England’s bid to make the World Cup knockout rounds. Coming through the South American CONMEBOL phase of Qualification grouped with Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador and Paraguay, Uruguay had to rely on a playoff win against Jordan to ensure their place in Brazil this summer. Luis Suarez looks certain to start against England. He and Edinson Cavani scored 16 goals between them in qualifying whilst national treasure Diego Forlan will surely cast an arbitrary eye from the substitutes bench.
Wayne Rooney’s place in the England side hangs in the balance. A lackluster 90 minutes against Italy had critics desperate for change, some even suggesting Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert be giving a starting spot. Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain trained on Tuesday as he continues to shake off a knee injury whilst Raheem Sterling looks set to start after impressing against the Azzurri.
Luis Suarez looks set to replace Diego Forlan despite undergoing knee surgery less then three weeks ago.
Probable Line Ups
England: Hart, Baines, Jagielka, Cahill, Johnson, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Lallana, Sturridge, Rooney
Uruguay: Muslera, Godin, Arevalo, Lugano, Pereira, Gargano, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Suarez, Cavani
Stats & Facts (World Cup Qualifying)
Goals Scored: 31 Goals Scored: 25
Goals Conceded: 4 Goals Conceeded: 25
Top Goalscorer: Wayne Rooney (7) Top Goalscorer: Luis Suarez (11)
Head To Head
England haven’t played Uruguay competitively since that fateful summer of 1966.
28/02/06 FRIENDLY England 2 – 1 Uruguay
28/03/95 FRIENDLY England 0-0 Uruguay
21/05/90 FRIENDLY England 1-2 Uruguay
11/07/66 WORLD CUP England 0-0 Uruguay
26/07/54 WORLD CUP Uruguay 4 – 2 England
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