England vs Uruguay
Group D
Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo
8pm kick-off

England and Uruguay meet in a potentially pivotal World Cup Group D match in Sao Paulo this evening.

Both sides suffered defeat in the opening fixtures, with the Three Lions going down 2-1 against Italy and their South American rivals suffering a shock 3-1 loss to Costa Rica.

A similar result for either side tonight would all-but end their participation in Brazil, meaning the pressure is sure to be on from the outset.

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Suspensions & Injuries

Roy Hodgson has no fresh concerns in his squad, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ramping up his training in an effort to be fit for selection at some stage in the match. Raheem Sterling is the only England player carrying a yellow card into the clash.

It’s a different story for Oscar Tabarez however, with Maxi Pereira suspended after picking up a straight red card last time out. Diego Lugano is also out with a knee injury, although Luis Suarez returns.

The Liverpool striker watched the opening game defeat from the bench, but will be looking to make his club teammates pay on the biggest stage.

Starting line-ups:

England

Hart, Johnson, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge.

Uruguay

Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira, Gonzalez, Rios, Lodeiro, Rodriguez, Cavani, Suarez.

Reaction

Hodgson has named an unchanged side for the match, although Sterling is expected to move to the wing to allow Rooney to play in the number 10 role behind striker Daniel Sturridge.

For Uruguay, Edinson Cavani gets the nod to start alongside Suarez, meaning veteran forward Diego Forlan moves to the bench.

History

England haven't played against Uruguay since 2006, with the Three Lions winning the last encounter - a friendly at Anfield - 2-1. Goals from Peter Crouch and Joe Cole proved to be the difference on that occasion.

The two teams have met twice at the World Cup, with Uruguay winning the first outing 4-2 back in 1954. That was a quarter-final encounter, and they met 12-years later in the Group Stages in a 0-0 draw at Wembley. England, of course, went on to lift the trophy under the guidance of Sir Alf Ramsey.

Whatever the result of tonight's encounter, tomorrow's clash between Italy and Costa Rica will have huge significance for all four teams in the group, and all teams could still have something to play for in the final round of fixtures on Tuesday, 24th June.

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