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After another defeat in their second group game to Uruguay, the Three Lions have only the faintest hopes left of gaining a place in the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil

Luis Suarez's double for Uruguay in Sao Paolo on Thursday night saw England lose their opening two group games for the first time in World Cup history.

The 2-1 loss leaves Roy Hodgson's side bottom of Group D without a point, with Costa Rica, Italy and the South American all sitting on three points.

AS IT STANDS IN GROUP D
Team

1. Costa Rica
2. Italy
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3. Uruguay
4. England
Played

1
1
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2
2
Points

3
3
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3
0
GD

2
1
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-1
-2
If Italy and Costa Rica draw on Friday, England will be bowing out of the World Cup before the end of the group games for the first time since 1982. All hopes lie on the Azzurri's gaining maximum points in Recife and against Uruguay on Tuesday.

With both final group games being played at the same time, England will head into the clash in Belo Horizonte not knowing exactly what their end game is but certain they must beat Costa Rica by a margin big enough to better both Uruguay and Jorge Luis Pinto's side goal difference.

The Three Lions will bow out of the tournament as early as tomorrow if Cesare Prandelli's side draw with the Americans, making both team's four point totals insurpassable.

A defeat for the Italians would have the exact same outcome for England, with either one of the Azzurri or Uruguay guaranteed to pick up points in their final group game.

England have not lost their final Group game in a World Cup since 1950 and defeat to Costa Rica would so England come away from the tournament without a point for the first time in their history, something they will be desparate to avoid.

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