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

Kevin Davies confident England can beat Uruguay

Davies confident England can beat Uruguay
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Kevin Davies believes that England can take advantage of suspensions and injuries in the Uruguay squad and beat them on Thursday night.

Former England striker Kevin Davies has insisted that the conditions are right for England to beat Uruguay on Thursday night in their second match in Group D.

Both the Three Lions and Uruguay are desperate for the three points after opening their accounts with defeats, but Davies said that personnel issues - such as Diego Lugano's injury and Alvaro Pereira's suspension - mean that England have a strong chance.

"Uruguay's performance in the last game was poor," he told BBC Sport. "Their captain is injured. Their right-back is suspended. Luis Suarez - how fit is he? It's an opportunity to go and win this game. I'm quietly optimistic.

"England started really well against Italy. They need to come out of the blocks tonight fast, but they seem full of confidence. If we take the game to Uruguay, we can win."

Italy take on Costa Rica in the other Group D clash on Friday.

Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match against England on June 19, 2014
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