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England will take on Uruguay in a Group D clash of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo on Thursday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 8pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV 1 and UTV. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


England come into this game after their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Italy in their opening World Cup fixture. Claudio Marchisio netted the first goal of the game from a corner kick in the 35th minute.

The Three Lions bounced back immediately as Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's cross from the left saw Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge equalise two minutes after Italy scored. However, it was Mario Balotelli's second half header that sealed a victory for the 2006 World Cup winners.

Roy Hodgson and his side need to win the crucial tie against Uruguay and a defeat on Thursday will end England's hopes of qualifying for the next round of the summer tournament.

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

Uruguay also met a fate similar to that of England as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Costa Rica. Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani gave a lead to his side after converting a penalty in the first half.

However, Costa Rica bounced back early in the second half. Arsenal's Jol Campbell equalised for his side in the 54th minute before Oscar Duarte gave a lead to Costa Rica three minutes later.

Marco Urena completed the formalities with another goal as Costa Rica came from behind to seal an important victory.

Thursday's Group D fixture at Sao Paulo will end one nation's hope of qualifying for the Round of 16 of this year's World Cup.

What Managers Say

Roy Hodgson (England): "Wayne has got broad shoulders. He's getting a lot of support from everyone around him. We've got a very clear perspective as to what Wayne is and what Wayne can do. We're hoping for big things from him."

Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay): "The result will be known by everyone, once it's over. That's the important thing. It's not possible to speak of things that happened four years ago. We need to concentrate on the future."

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L D D W W
  • Last Result: England 1-2 Italy


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W D D
  • Last Result: Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica

Team News

World Cup 2014: England v Uruguay Preview


  • Injured: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Hart; Johnson, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines; Gerrard, Wilshere; Welbeck, Rooney, Sterling; Sturridge


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Muslera; Caceres, Lugano, Godin, Pereira; Gargano, Arevalo; Rodriguez, Forlan, Suarez; Cavani