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The Three Lions were beaten by Italy in their World Cup opener and face a do-or-die game against the Celeste in Group D on Thursday but the forward feels positive

England forward Wayne Rooney remains "confident" ahead of his side's crucial World Cup Group D encounter with Uruguay on Thursday.

Both sides lost their first games, the Three Lions undone 2-1 by Italy while the South Americans suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of Costa Rica, and the Manchester United star believes that Roy Hodgson's squad match up well to their next opponents.

"We have to stay positive," Rooney told the press. "We obviously need the three points now against Uruguay and we go into that game confident.

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"We will take a few of the positives from the [Italy] game and hopefully that can help us there.

"It will [feel like a do-or-die game]. We know, if we lose the game, we are more or less out so we have to be positive and go at it - in some ways, the way we did [against Italy].

"We went at Italy. I think we lost the two goals at a bad time, really, and we couldn't quite recover from the second one but we will certainly give it a good go."

Even if the talismanic Luis Suarez, an unused substitute against Costa Rica due to injury, cannot make it onto the pitch against England, the Celeste boast an impressive array of strikers but Rooney feels that his team have star power of their own.

"Uruguay is a game we can win. We know they have got some really good individual players and a good team [but], likewise, we do," he declared.

"They have got good forwards - the likes of [Diego] Forlan and [Edinson] Cavani - but we will prepare for their best team and it will be a tough game, I am sure, but we are definitely confident."