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')

Harry Redknapp: 'Play Wayne Rooney down the middle'

Raheem Sterling of England replaces Wayne Rooney of England during the international friendly match between England and Peru at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2014
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QPR manager Harry Redknapp urges Roy Hodgson to play Wayne Rooney down the middle and Raheem Sterling on the left during Thursday's World Cup match against Uruguay.

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has urged Roy Hodgson to move Wayne Rooney back to a central role for England's match against Uruguay on Thursday.

Rooney was largely disappointing playing on the left flank during his side's 2-1 defeat to Italy on Saturday, with Raheem Sterling's impressive display in the number 10 role resulting in calls for the Manchester United man to be dropped from the starting XI.

Redknapp does not believe that Hodgson will make any changes to his side, but urged the Three Lions boss to switch Rooney and Sterling around in order to exploit the absence of Uruguay's suspended right-back Maxi Pereira.

"I don't think Roy will make any changes to the starting XI for the Uruguay game, although I'd put Raheem Sterling on the left and bring Wayne Rooney back down the middle," Redknapp wrote in his blog for 666 Bet.

"He plays the number 10 role so well and Sterling can cause Uruguay problems on the left, especially after their right-back got sent off against Costa Rica."

Both England and Uruguay lost their opening matches of the World Cup, putting even more emphasis on picking up three points on Thursday.

Wayne Rooney of England reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014
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