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  • 24 June 2014
  • • 17:00
  • • Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
  • Referee: D. Haïmoudi
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Costa Rica - England Preview: Hodgson's men aim to salvage pride in Belo Horizonte

Costa Rica - England Preview: Hodgson's men aim to salvage pride in Belo Horizonte

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The Three Lions will try to end their World Cup on a high after elimination following losses in their two opening games, while the Central Americans aim to sew up top spot

England manager Roy Hodgson is set to give an opportunity to some of the squad's younger players in Tuesday's Group D clash with Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.

Back-to-back 2-1 defeats to Italy and Uruguay saw the Three Lions eliminated after just two games and they now face the competition’s surprise package, with the Central Americans already advanced to the second round and needing just a point to finish as group winners.

With only pride for which to play in their final fixture for and one eye on the future as well, Hodgson is ready to offer a run-out to some of England's promising young players.

Phil Jones and Chris Smalling could both feature, while Hodgson has confirmed that Ross Barkley will start and Luke Shaw will come in for the injured Leighton Baines.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also out after suffering a setback in training on Sunday, while 36-year-old midfielder Frank Lampard is expected to captain the side in place of Steven Gerrard, with both perhaps playing their last games for their country.

England have unhappy memories of Belo Horizonte, having been beaten in the capital of Minas Gerais by United States in the 1950 World Cup - still considered one of the competition's greatest upsets. That game was played at an aging Estadio Independencia, while this one take places at the impressive Estadio Mineirao, where the two teams will train on Monday.

Costa Rica need only a draw to claim top spot in a group which also includes four-time World Cup winners Italy, double victors Uruguay and 1966 champions England.

Coach Jorge Luis Pinto has revealed that he will rest some of his players in order to keep them fresh for the second round, with forwards Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz set to start on the bench.

If they win Group D, Costa Rica are likely to avoid Group C leaders Colombia, with Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece all fighting for second spot behind the South American side.

Last Five Matches

Costa Rica

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

Head To Head

Costa Rica

England

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1
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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Costa Rica CRI
Costa Rica Costa Rica
Draw
England ENG
England England
44%
42%

Top 3 Predictions

Costa Rica CRI
2 - 1
England ENG
Costa Rica CRI
1 - 2
England ENG
Costa Rica CRI
1 - 1
England ENG

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