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World Cup Preview: England v Costa Rica

24 June 2014

Despite England having already been knocked out of the World Cup and Costa Rica having guaranteed a place in round two, this fixture in Belo Horizonte is not quite a dead-rubber.

The Costa Ricans know a draw will be enough to secure their place at the top of Group D, while England have never left a World Cup Finals without a point.

It's the first time the Three Lions have been eliminated at the group stages since Sweden 1958, when they drew all three games, and will board their plane home on Wednesday following the match.

Los Ticos meanwhile will be preparing for their last-16 fixture, likely to be against either Colombia or Ivory Coast from Group C.

Team news

Frank Lampard, who turned 36 last Friday on the day England's exit was confirmed, will captain England, earning his 106th cap in the process.

Regular skipper Steven Gerrard, thinking about his future as an international footballer, is due to start on the bench.

Leighton Baines has picked up a hamstring injury following the 2-1 defeat to Uruguay, allowing Southampton left-back Luke Shaw to become England's fourth-youngest player to appear at a major tournament.

Ross Barkley is also due to start the game, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains out.

Watch out for...

Bryan Ruiz.

Determined to prove a point after being loaned out to PSV Eindhoven last season, the Fulham player has one year left on his contract at the Sky Bet Championship club. His goal against Italy secured their 1-0 win to eliminate England.

Joel Campbell.

Another English-based player who was on loan during 2013/14, Arsenal forward Campbell netted nine times for Greek side Olympiakos and impressed in the first game of the World Cup, scoring Costa Rica's first goal in their 3-1 victory over Uruguay.

Head-to-head

England and Costa Rica have never before faced each other.

They are 10th and 28th respectively in the Fifa rankings, however that could be a lot closer when they are next updated.


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