England’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay has left the Three Lions standing on the brink of an early World Cup exit but before anyone begins writing the obituary for Roy Hodgson’s national team at this competition, it’s important to remember that an Italy win could keep their faint hopes alive.
The only thing standing in the Azzurri’s way is a Costa Rica team fresh from picking up a sensational 3-1 win over England’s conqueror’s Uruguay, with Joel Campbell scoring and starring for La Sele.
But rather than highlight the Arsenal dangerman, here are three other players who could end England’s World Cup.
Marco Urena – Kuban Krasnodar
Primarily used as an impact sub in recent months, Urena was able to erase the memories of a difficult few years in Russia last time out for Costa Rica, scoring to seal their famous victory over Uruguay.
Good in the air and a fine finisher when the occasion calls for it, Urena made his name at the 2011 Copa Centroamericana, where he finished top scorer and with further goals likely to help him obtain a move away from Kuban Krasnodar, expect a high-energy appearance.
Celso Borges – AIK
A tough-tackling midfielder by trade, Borges is also in possession of some fine shooting boots, as a tally of 14 goals at international level demonstrates. Also a regular scorer at club level with AIK, the midfielder was once rumoured to be on Glasgow Rangers’ radar before heading to Scandinavia.
A famous long range effort against Helsingborg offers a glimpse of what we can expect against Italy from the man aiming to give Pirlo and co a run for their money.
Oscar Duarte – Club Brugge
Whilst it’s easy to pick out Duarte as one potential goalscorer following his well-taken header against Uruguay, the fact remains that the 25-year-old has something of a pedigree for finding the net from set plays.
Signed by Club Brugge – a team with a good eye for exciting young talent – Duarte scored three times for the Belgians last season and could be one to look out for from corners.