The main issue in the Uruguay line-up will be the availability – or fitness – of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. The striker recently had ‘minor’ knee surgery and has been struggling to get fit for the tournament, but should feature even if not at his best. Maxi Periera will miss the game through suspension after receiving his marching orders in their last match. The England back-line will have to keep an eye on Cavani, who is being left out with the focus all on Luis Suarez.
England (4-2-3-1):¬†Hart, Johnson, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines, Henderson, Gerrard, Sterling, Welbeck, Rooney, Sturridge
England fought admirably against Italy in their World Cup opening fixture but were just unable to gain the advantage over the Italians, losing 2-1 in the end. This leaves this encounter as a must win game, where Wayne Rooney and co. will aim to attack their opponents. Rooney has recently received criticism for his lack of defensive discipline on the left, and could move to play in the middle behind Sturridge instead. It looks like Hodgson will use the same starting XI against Italy.
Uruguay shirt on for the day! “England going home”
‚ÄĒ Rob Chipp (@chipprob) June 19, 2014
im crossing thumbs for England ..hope they will eliminate Uruguay tonight…3 lions ‚ÄĒ rofhiwa figgy (@rofhiwafiggy) June 19, 2014
England v uruguay tonite will be rooting for our lads! I still beleive #England
‚ÄĒ Anthony Fitton (@anthonyfitton83) June 19, 2014
Back in a 2006 friendly, England came out on top with a 2-1 win over Uruguay, but a rocketing 25 yard volley from Pouso Osores was one of the goals to remember.
England are winless against Uruguay at the World Cup. They've met twice: in 1954 (Uruguay won 4-2 in the quarter-finals) and 1966 (0-0).
Their last encounter dates back to 1 March 2006 in a friendly at Anfield. England won 2-1 thanks to goals from Peter Crouch and Joe Cole.
England have scored in each of their last eight World Cup encounters with South American sides.
Uruguay played twice in São Paulo the last time the World Cup was held in Brazil (1950), drawing 2-2 against Spain and winning 3-2 against Sweden.
England recorded their highest ever World Cup pass completion rate (91%) in the opening match vs Italy (1966-2014).
Daniel Sturridge has scored three goals in his last four appearances for England.
Wayne Rooney is yet to score a World Cup goal. This will be his 10th game, if he plays.
Rooney created more chances than any other player in the England vs Italy game (3, including one assist).
Uruguay continued their run of not winning an opening group game since 1970 and they have won only once in their second game in their last six World Cup appearances.
Uruguay have picked up a red card in two of their last four games at the World Cup.
England have never conceded 2+ goals in three successive World Cup games before.