Jun 19, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Uruguay
2-1
England
Suarez (39', 85')
Godin (9')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Rooney (75')
Gerrard (68')

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain targets Uruguay clash

Carlos Gruezo of Ecuador brings down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of England during the International friendly match between England and Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on June 4, 2014
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England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits that he is hopeful over making his comeback from injury against Uruguay on Thursday.

England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has earmarked Thursday's World Cup clash with Uruguay to make his return from injury.

The Arsenal ace very nearly saw his dreams of playing in the competition dashed after sustaining a knee injury in the warm-up friendly with Ecuador a fortnight ago.

Initial assessments over the duration of his injury were wide of the mark, and the youngster has stepped up his rehabilitation in a bid to play a part in Sao Paulo next week.

"We are not sure about time scales," he told Sky Sports News. "We are hopeful that [returning for Uruguay] would be realistic but there is nothing set in stone and I can't say whether I will definitely be back or not.

"We just know we are very positive about it. We are going to keep pushing and keep working towards it.

"Considering when the injury was, I'm really happy - as are the medical team - with how it's progressed."

England slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Italy in their Group D opener in Manaus this morning.

Carlos Gruezo of Ecuador brings down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of England during the International friendly match between England and Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on June 4, 2014
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