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England face Uruguay in a must-win clash in Sao Paulo.

With defeat almost certainly sending the Three Lions home at the earliest possible stage.

England vs Uruguay - It’s the hope that kills youLuis Suarez has declared himself 100% fit for the tie, after sitting out of Uruguay’s 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica in Group D’s opening game following knee surgery. The Liverpool front-man will take his place alongside Edinson Cavani to spearhead the attack for the 2011 Copa America winners.

Full-back Maxi Pereira is banned, with Jorge Fucile looking the most likely to replace the Benfica star. Skipper Diego Lugano misses out with a knee injury, which could ironically be a disappointment to the England strike force given the former West Brom defenders pace, or lack of it.

Elsewhere, Roy Hodgson can take a lot of positives from a spirited English display against the Italian’s in Manaus. Daniel Sturridge cancelled out Claudio Marchisio’s opener, before Mario Balotelli got the last laugh against those he used to line up against in the Premier League.

England recorded their highest ever pass completion rate (91%) in a World Cup game on Saturday night, and will be hoping for similar quality in South America’s largest City.

Hodgson is expected to name an unchanged side despite defeat in the humidity of the jungle, with only tactical tweaks being implemented.

Wayne Rooney is expected to take up a more central role, with Raheem Sterling being pushed further wide. Danny Welbeck will keep his place on the right, with Liverpool duo Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson occupying the middle of the park.

Ross Barkley will be hoping to make another impact off the bench, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be doing his upmost to force his name into the gaffer’s head come the second half.

Despite a sizeable following from the country next door, England will be, as always, supported well, with the cross of St. George flying proudly around the Arena de Sao Paulo.

Defeat is simply not an option anymore in Brazil, but if England produce the same standard of performance than they did in the jungle, then this World Cup adventure could continue for a while yet.

Post written by Asa McCoy
Blog: thatcouldbethegoal, Twitter: @AsaMcCoy

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