Roy Hodgson's Three Lions gave a spirited account of themselves against Italy and, while England showed vulnerability at the back, there were good attacking movements played. Uruguay, meanwhile, suffered a shock loss to Group D's supposed whipping boys, Costa Rica, who tackle the Azzurri the following day in a battle for group supremacy.
One player who Uruguay perhaps missed was Luis Suarez, named amongst the substitutes bench but did not make an appearance as he continues to recover from injury, however, "preparation and the process [of recovery] is going well," he said.
The Liverpool striker, who has been in such prolific form throughout the Premier League season, told the BBC: "For the second game [versus England], I am 100%."
Of the England starters against Italy, five were Liverpool representatives. From either training at Melwood with his fellow Reds or competing against other English clubs, Suarez has a sense of familiarity.
"They have really good players. I know the players, I played with them all year. I know the defender [Glen Johnson], I know the midfielder [Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson], I know the striker [Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge] and I know the coach [Roy Hodgson] as well.
"They played very well against Italy and I think if they continue at this level they will progress."
England assistant manager Gary Neville, meanwhile, believes the Uruguay loss to Costa Rica was a freak result and that it would be pointless replaying the game for the benefit of the Lions because it would not represent the South Americans.
Neville is preparing England for the best Uruguay, he said: "I saw an un-Uruguay-like performance. I don't think there's much from that game we'll show to the players as it's not what they are.
"I don't want to con anybody at home - it's not a shoe-in, it'll be a tough game."