Premier League star aiming to down England

Fulham and Costa Rica attacker Bryan Ruiz has his sights firmly set on ending England’s World Cup hopes in their Group D clash.

Both the Three Lions and the Central Americans will take on Uruguay and Italy before they meet in a game that is likely to be significant for at least one if not both sides.

Ruiz is a familiar name to English fans due to his ties with Fulham – whom he left to join PSV Eindhoven on loan for the latter half of last season – but has been largely unsuccessful in the Premier League since his arrival.

Costa Rica are widely viewed as the least likely side to make it out of Group D – which has been dubbed the ‘Group of Death’ by some – yet the 28-year-old says that his nation’s aim are is put themselves in a good enough position by game three to ensure that they have something to play for against Roy Hodgson’s men:

“Playing against England in the last game of the group will be special for me after my time at Fulham,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“It is a dream I have waited my whole life for, but it has to be more than this. We have got to believe we have a chance of making the last 16, and everything in the first two games has got to be about making sure we are still in the World Cup when we play England.”