Uruguay v England: Predicted lineups
World Cup 2014: Uruguay v England Preview and Projected Lineups
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Both Uruguay and England failed to impress in their opening performances and find themselves chasing a place in the knockout round with one another as their first obstacle.
One of the most anticipated matches of the tournament see’s the largest group of Liverpool players on the pitch at once between the two sides as Luis Suarez is set to return for Uruguay and the Reds have five players expected to be named in the England first team yet again.
Suarez missed the opening match of the tournament for Uruguay with a nagging injury and his replacement in Diego Forlan cast an empty shadow of his former self on the match. Likewise, Edinson Cavani failed to make the most of several chances and just looked flat for the majority of the match other than his penalty conversion.
Uruguay have to win if they want a chance of moving on, however, England face the same fate after having fallen to Italy in their opening match.
The Three Lions will feel they deserved more from the Italy match, but Wayne Rooney pulled the best chance at a leveling goal wide in the second half to see his country fall 1-2.
There were several moments of magic for England as they showed just what all they have to offer, but failed to produce enough end results to earn three points. Their offense is better than Uruguay’s defense and should have a better chance of breaking down the South American nation than they did against Italy.
Raheem Sterling is expected to keep his first team place but be pushed out wide with Rooney moving into the supporting role behind Daniel Sturridge while Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard continue in the middle of the park.
In a must win game for either side, there should be some great action in the midday game that results in someone having one foot in their suitcase to head home.
Uruguay Starting XI: Muslera: Caceres, Godin, Coates, Pereira; Stuani, Rios, Gargano, Rodriguez; Cavani, Suarez.
England Starting XI: Hart: Johnson, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines; Henderson, Gerrard; Welbeck, Rooney, Sterling; Sturridge.