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Uruguay – England
When: 19 June 2014 – 20:00 GMT
Where: Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, São Paulo
Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco Carballo
Live Odds: 2.38 | 3.25 | 3.00 – Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to €200

Even before they were humiliated by Costa Rica in their opening game, Uruguay knew that Luis Suarez’s fitness would be key to their hopes of qualifying from Group D.

That 3-1 loss in Fortaleza leaves Oscar Tabarez sweating more than ever on his star striker’s recovery after knee surgery, and the Liverpool talisman has admitted he was frustrated at being unable to play in his side’s opener but insists he will not take to the field against England unless he is fully fit.

Tabarez has concerns elsewhere too, though. Maxi Pereira’s rash challenge in the dying moments of Saturday’s defeat mean he is ruled out through suspension, while the space granted to Joel Campbell in particular could spark a change at the back.

In comparison, Roy Hodgson has much less on his mind, even taking into account the continued questions over Wayne Rooney’s role in the side. The Manchester United forward started from the left in the defeat to Italy, but the England boss must decide whether he could get more out of his No.10 by switching him into the centre.

One thing Hodgson will be boosted by is the return to fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who trained on Monday following his recovery from a knee injury, and the ex-Fulham boss knows the Three Lions must avoid defeat in Sao Paulo.

The same team that pushed Italy to the limit is likely to take to the field but it remains to be seen if Hodgson will tinker with his tactics, with the front four positions likely to be reshuffled as England seek to get the best out of Rooney.

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