Uruguay clash ‘do or die’, says England star

England goalkeeper Joe Hart has described Thursday’s World Cup clash with Uruguay as “do or die” following the opening loss to Italy.

Although the Three Lions performed well against the Azzurri over the weekend, goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli either side of a Daniel Sturridge effort left the Three Lions equal bottom of Group D with two games to paly.

With Uruguay having also came away from their first fixture empty handed, if there is a loser in the clash in Sao Paolo they are likely to be heading out of tournament before the knockout phase.

Hart believes that his side played well despite the result, and that getting a result from their next game is now vital if England are to advance from the group:

“We did play well and there was a lot of positives, but the outcome was not want we wanted and it’s not what we’ve come here for. “ He told the FA’s official website.

“We’ve put ourselves in a do or die situation, which we are prepared for. We’ve got to take the good stuff and make it better.

“That’s what we’ve come here for, we need to win,

“[Defeat] was never what we wanted, we didn’t go into the Italian game with any intention of losing – it’s done now, we’ve moved on.

“We now go into Uruguay and we’ve got to win in Sao Paulo.”

Uruguay are set to have Luis Suarez available to start after the Liverpool striker missed their shock defeat to Costa Rica through injury.