Roy Hodgson's men have plenty of support behind them as they finally get going in Brazil, while Group D rivals Uruguay are shocked by the unlikely force of Costa Rica
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Three Lions supporters have been congregating in the tropical city throughout the day and there have been messages of encouragement from fellow professionals, both from back home and rival World Cup camps across Brazil.
Attentions were drawn away from the Amazon every so slightly though, as the world watched Gerrard & Co's Group D rivals Uruguay suffer a shock defeat at the hands of Costa Rica, largely in part to a virtuoso display from Arsenal's Joel Campbell.
Elsewhere, Robin Van Persie has popped up to reflect on a memorable night for him and the Netherlands will continuing to rub salt into Spanish wounds, while Colombia players took to social media after getting their tournament off to a flying start with a 3-0 thumping of Greece.
|KICK OFF... Three Lions are ready for Italy
|GOOD LUCK... Warm wishes for Roy's boys
|COSTA ROCKA... Minnows cause a stir in Group D
Wow! Ok Costa Rica...— DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny) June 14, 2014
What a pass #URUCRC— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) June 14, 2014
|RVP MVP... Netherlands striker reflects on Spain win
What an incredible night yest v spain a night Holland will never forget! We got to push on and make our time in Brasil even more special!!— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) June 14, 2014
|COLOSSAL COLOMBIA... Cuadrado leads celebrations
Grande victoria fuerza tricolor pabloestifer camilozuniga18 carlosvaldes5 forza tricolore avanti cosí http://t.co/BGPo5wGGVM— Juan Cuadrado (@Cuadrado) June 14, 2014