England have, of course, been eliminated at the first group stage of a World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Costa Rica are already through to the next round. If Costa Rica draw they will definitely top group D. If they lose they could still top the group, depending on goal difference.
This will be the first ever match between Costa Rica and England.Costa Rica have scored in all 7 previous World Cup matches v teams from Europe.England have not lost all 3 group games at a major tournament since the 1988 European Championships.Should England lose this would be the first time they have ever ended with zero points in a World Cup group.Roy Hodgson has lost his last 4 games at the World Cup, (including 2 with Switzerland).This is the first
Italians and England fans will be cheering for an Italian win which is a statistical likelihood.
England just need a decent win against Costa Rica and for Italy to win this game and against Uruguay to go through to the next round. We find this a perfectly reasonable scenario and worth a punt at the bookies.
Italy and Costa Rica's have never before met in the World CupCosta Rica have scored in each of their 6 World Cup games against teams from Europe.Italy have scored in their last 15 World Cup game, the best current run of any side.Other than Mexico and the USA, no CONCACAF team has ever won consecutive games at the World Cup.
Head to Head games
11/06/94 Costa Rica v Italy 0-1 (International)
Uruguay v England
England played well against Italy but lost the game. Against Uruguay they need to get a decent result or they will be following Spain out of the competition.
The stats omens are mixed:
England have scored in every one of their last 8 World Cup encounters with South American sides.Daniel Sturridge has scored 3 goals in his last 4 appearances for England.Wayne Rooney has not yet scored a World Cup goal. If he plays, this will be his 10th game.They last met in a friendly in March 2006 at Anfield. England won 2-1 with goals by Peter Crouch and Joe Cole. Only 4 teams have progressed to the last 16 after losing their opening game since the current World Cup format was introduced in 1998.
England v Italy stats
The only previous World Cup meeting was the 1990 3rd place play-off: Italy won 2-1
England won the last encounter 2-1 in August 2012
England have lost only 1 of 15 matches played abroad under Hodgson (W6, D8)
England have scored all eight World Cup penalties they have been awarded (excl penalty shoot-outs)
England have only lost 2 of their last 16 World Cup games (W7, D7), excluding penalty shoot-outs
Wayne Rooney has failed to score in 594 minutes of World Cup football for England
Luke Shaw is the youngest player at the World Cup apart from Cameroon's Fabrice Olinga
Since 3 July 1998 against France, Italy have scored in every one of their last 14 games at the World Cup (the best current run)
7 of Italy's last
Updated 14th June 2014 at 12:55 PM by 11v11
Despite speculation that a pioneering surgical technique using an internal brace could help Theo Walcott recover within four months, after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Tottenham on Saturday, the Arsenal and England player is out for the rest of the season and realistically speaking won’t be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup.
Walcott’s injury came towards the end of a crucial FA Cup win, in which he again demonstrated his value to the Gooners as a stand-in striker, and at the moment when his standing amongst the North London fans has reached an all-time high.
For Arsene Wenger, the search for a striker now has even greater importance, and where he spends his money may be decisive in whether Arsenal’s title challenge can
Leaping out from the deluge of post Euro opinion are two basic questions which seem to be swamped by all the expert, and not so expert, punditry. From a national perspective, why did England not do better? Let`s get the easy one out of the way, answer, because England were not good enough, deeper analysis and dissection for a later time. The second and more pleasant question is, why did Spain win. Again that`s quite an easy one, because they were the best team.
Why were Spain the best team, basically because they lifted the trophy and in the record books for all time they will be listed as winners, as they will be for the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 European Championships. And therein lies the rub as Will Shakespeare wrote. You see we keep hearing and reading phrases like
It didn`t take long for Roy Hodgson to experience `withdrawalitus` following his accession to the England hot seat. In the space of a few days injury ruled out Kyle Walker, voted the best right back in the Premier League, Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard, the latter two vastly experienced players. Throw in the injury doubts surrounding Danny Welbeck and Scott Parker, the Spurs man being particularly crucial to England`s tournament hopes and you don`t even have to delve into the unavailable Darren Bent, Jack Rodwell and Chris Smalling to start contemplating some malevolent spooky curse.
Actually it`s a bit more down to earth because ALL the England player have just completed a physically taxing Premier League season, some more than others of course. But it was interesting
by 11v11 Guest Blogger Brian Beard
Hands up all of you who gasped and were underwhelmed by Roy Hodgson's squad for the European Championships. The words that crossed my mind were; functional, pragmatic, unexciting. Then, for some reason, Denmark, 1992, and Greece, 2004, flashed across my mind (the latter having nothing whatsoever to do with the Euro, more the Euros eight years ago when the functional and pragmatic Greeks danced off with the trophy. Denmark were late substitutes for Yugoslavia 20 years ago and won the tournament, after plucking their players from beaches across the world. Sun beds and Ambre Solaire, as preparation, didn`t impair Schmeichel and co too much.
Am I suggesting the hurried installation of Roy Hodgson, with barely
Updated 25th May 2012 at 08:45 AM by 11v11
Harry for England!
Premier League performance of the week goes to Harry Redknapp of Tottenham (hopefully soon England.)
The Spurs boss woke up on Wednesday morning with the possibility of ending the day in prison. Instead, he went to his bed dreaming of becoming England’s next manager.
Harry was cleared of two charges of evading tax after a 13-day trial before being installed as odds-on favourite to replace Fabio Capello as England boss following the Italian’s shock resignation.
The week ended with a resounding 5-0 win against Newcastle United that keeps Spurs on track for a Champions League place and maintains the possibility of their first title since 1961. And to continue Harry’s magic touch in the transfer market, the five-goal salvo included a brace from
In plenty of time for the upcoming European Championship, the Association of Football Statisticians is hereby relaunching our England national team site to the general public.
The site contains details of every 'A' international match, every line-up and every player to have donned the England shirt. In typically English fashion, it also includes all the opponents. The first match was, of course, against our mighty northern neighbours and the site faithfully records all encounters between the two giants of world football, all the trials and tribulations, as well as the famous world cup victory, against the Germans, of 1966.
We name this site England and may she bring fair winds and good fortune to all who surf on her.