Sao Paulo: Both teams need victory to keep themselves alive in the tournament. England and Uruguay have both started their World Cup campaigns with defeats. England went down fighting to Italy while Uruguay was stunned by Costa Rica.This match is important for both the teams as the losing side are virtually guaranteed to go out of the tournament. England have a very good attacking siode that can pose problem for Uruguay defense. Inspite of plenty of attacking talent up front England have a suspectable defense which needs to step up.
Uruguay named fit again striker Luis Suarez in the starting line up and England kept faith with Wayne Rooney as both teams fight to save their World Cup campaigns. Liverpool’s Suarez, last season’s Premier League top-scorer, will partner Paris Saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani up front after recovering from knee surgery last month. Rooney retained his place in an England team sheet that was unchanged from last week’s 2-1 loss to Italy.
The Manchester United striker’s form has attracted fierce debate in English media. For Uruguay, Diego Godin got the nod as captain after regular skipper and fellow defender Diego Lugano was ruled out with a knee problem.Uruguay also lost their opening Group D game, 3-1 to Costa Rica, meaning Thursday’s clash in Sao Paulo is one neither side can afford to lose.
5th min : The corner kick Uruguay, Suarez bends the ball towards the front post of England goalkeeper Hart who had to re-adjust to get down and palm away the danger
Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin (capt), Alvaro Pereira; Alvaro Gonzalez, Egidio Arevalo Rios, Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Rodriguez; Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez
Joe Hart; Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines; Steven Gerrard (capt), Jordan Henderson; Raheem Sterling, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck; Daniel Sturridge