England vs Costa Rica team sheet

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England's World Cup adventure will come to an end this evening as they take on Costa Rica in Group D at Estadio Mineirao.

Roy Hodgson's side have had a tournament to forget, having been beaten in their opening two fixtures in Brazil. Costa Rica, meanwhile, have already secured their place in the Round of 16 after picking up back-to-back wins against Uruguay and Italy.

Costa Rica will be looking to secure at least a point against the Three Lions in order to secure top spot in the group, with Uruguay and Italy set to battle it out for the other qualifying position. 


The Three Lions will be desperate to restore some pride before returning home to face the aftermath of another disappointing major tournament. England have never failed to register a point in the World Cup, so will be hoping to get off the mark this evening. 

A win against the table-toppers would certainly lift English spirits, as the country looks ahead to Euro 2016 qualifiers. 

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England: Foster, Jones, Smalling, Cahill, Shaw, Lampard (c), Milner, Wilshere, Barkley, Lallana, Sturridge 

Costa Rica: Navas, Gonzalez, Borges, Duarte, Campbell, Ruiz (c), Brenes, Diaz, Gamboa, Tejeda, Mille


England boss Roy Hodgson confirmed last night that Frank Lampard will be his captain for tonight's game, with Steven Gerrard out of the side. The midfielder has yet to feature for the Three Lions in Brazil, so will be desperate to show his worth against Costa Rica.

At 36-years-old, the clash looks set to be Lampard's final World Cup outing, and could even prove his final game in an England shirt. He will, however, pick up his 106th England cap in what has been a remarkable international career.


A number of youngsters will be looking to impress Hodgson this evening, as the Three Lions boss plans for the future. The likes of Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere will be hoping to take their chance and prove their credentials. 

Barkley and Wilshere have only been handed opportunities from the bench so far in Brazil, so will be look to show what they can do from the start. Shaw, meanwhile, will get his first taste of World Cup football this evening, whilst his Southampton teammate Adam Lallana will also start his first game of the tournament as England target victory. 

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