England vs Uruguay – England face 2010 semi finalists

England’s second match of the 2014 World Cup sees them face 2010 semi finalists Uruguay in a game that is likely to define the tournament for both teams. England put up a spirited display in their opening game against Italy but ultimately went down by two goals to one and now have a tough task to make it into the last sixteen of the competition. While Uruguay also find themselves without any points coming into this clash, their result against Costa Rica was a lot more disappointing. A Luis Suarez-less Uruguay went one nil up thanks to a Edinson Cavani penalty but ended up losing Saturday night’s match 3-1. Costa Rica performed with a lot of credit, but their results coming into the game with Uruguay suggested they had little chance of getting anything from the match, let alone win by a comfortable margin. This is sure to be of concern to manager Oscar Tabarez, especially when there are still question marks surrounding the fitness of talisman Luis Suarez.

There were plenty of positive aspects to take away from England’s defeat at the hands of Italy, not least the display of exciting Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling. While the Italian’s did edge possession of the football, England had more chances on goal and should arguably have got something out of the match. The bookmakers still make Roy Hodgson’s men a shade of odds on to qualify for the knockout stages but a positive result here against Uruguay will be crucial if that dream is going to become a reality. Another of Liverpool’s squad who is quickly becoming a key member of the England set up is in form striker Daniel Sturridge. The former Chelsea hitman has scored England’s only goal of the tournament thus far and is in positive mood ahead of the Uruguay match. Sturridge has been at the forefront of a number of interviews in the build up to this all important clash, and has come across as an extremely passionate character. If he can translate this passion onto the football pitch on Wednesday night, he will give England a massive boost.

It looks likely that Luis Suarez will be in the Uruguay side to face England but he is unlikely to be fully fit. Suarez took no part in the game with Costa Rica and it is difficult to believe that the Premier League star is going to be at one hundred percent just a few days later. This nation have an excellent record at the World Cup down the years and as two time champions, the country are likely to be seriously upset with an early exit in Brazil. This is quite possibly Uruguay’s best crop of players since the 70s and they had been touted by some pundits as potential winners this year. Their display against Costa Rica was certainly not something you would have expected from a side that is going to make the latter stages and unless something dramatic happens, I think England are the favourites here. I fancy Steven Gerrard and company to get their World Cup campaign back on track here and give themselves a platform to make it into the next phase of the tournament.

September 14, 2015: • No Comments

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