Great Britain v UAE: Match preview

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Wembley Stadium

Sunday, July 29. Kick off: 1945


Craig Bellamy and Joe Allen will both face late fitness tests after the Welsh duo picked up injuries during Great Britain's draw with Senegal last Thursday.

Both players were the victims of heavy challenges by the opposition, and the Senegalese tactics drew criticism from members of the Team GB squad after the game.

Daniel Sturridge is expected to lead the line once again, after Stuart Pearce dismissed reports the Chelsea striker had also been injured at Old Trafford.

United Arab Emirates have no injury concerns so are likely to remain unchanged from the side that impressed fleetingly in the defeat to Uruguay.


Giggs wary of UAE threat


Great Britain captain Ryan Giggs does not expect the United Arab Emirates to be a walkover on Sunday evening, as the former go in search of a vital win in their quest to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Team GB were held by Senegal at Old Trafford on Thursday after leading the encounter for the majority of proceedings following Craig Bellamy's early strike.

Three points in their second outing is likely to ensure a place in the last eight for Stuart Pearce's side, but the UAE represent a far from straightforward proposition.

UAE were impressive in spells during their 2-1 defeat to Uruguay three days ago, and Giggs realises Team GB will have to improve if they are to emerge victorious.

“We saw the UAE play some decent stuff against Uruguay, our last opponents in the group," said the Manchester United midfielder.

“It is going to be tough but we’ll have to do it.

“We were disappointed after the Senegal match, although overall it was a fair result because they had some decent chances.

“After leading one-nil we weren’t able to hang on, which was disappointing.”

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