Costa Rica v England: Key battles - Everton talisman gets chance

Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley was outstanding for Everton last season, and will be hoping to take his chance when he starts for England against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

Here is a look at key areas in which the game could be won and lost.

Frank Lampard vs Bryan Ruiz

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has 106 caps for his country, but the match against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte is likely to be a first and a last for differing reasons. Roy Hodgson has confirmed Lampard is to captain his nation for the first time in a major tournament in the absence of Steven Gerrard, but his 107th cap is expected to be his last, with the 36 year-old expected to retire from international football after the tournament. The attacking midfielder has won everything there is to win at club level, but his international career will end with disappointment again as England go out in the group stages.

It is unsure what side Costa Rica are going to play in the final group game for them in the tournament. Jorge Luis Pinto could make a number of changes for his side to rest players for the last 16 match they're already guaranteed to feature in. The counter-argument for that though is that they have won two out of two, will be desperate to finish top of the group to earn themselves an easier second round match (in theory) and to maintain the high levels of confidence that is running through the team at the moment.

If that does happen, Fulham's Bryan Ruiz will clash with Frank Lampard that is a duel that is made in West London. Both are experienced, and the winner of that one could ensure his team get on top in the early stages of the match.

Ross Barkley vs Oscar Duarte

Many believe Ross Barkley should have been included in England's previous two group games from the start, however he has had to settle for two appearances off the substitute bench. The 20 year-old's creativity and dribbling has been something England could have used in their campaign so far, but now he will have his chance to make his debut in a major tournament for his country. Barkley will see this as a great opportunity to show he is capable of playing international football and with a good performance here, he could be included in the qualifiers starting in September for Euro 2016.

Oscar Duarte is expected to play in Costa Rica's defence, and he will look to continue his country's impressive defensive form so far in this tournament where they have only conceded one goal in two matches, and that was an Edinson Cavani penalty for Uruguay. Duarte will hope he can handle the threat of Ross Barkley.

Luke Shaw vs Joel Campbell

Since England have gone out of the tournament, many believed they should have taken the experienced and defensively proven Ashley Cole instead of Luke Shaw. However the 19-year-old was chosen over Cole for his attacking threat and superb performances for Southampton in the last 12 months. This, like Barkley, will be his first appearance in a major tournament for his country and a great experience for someone who is expected to play for England for the next 15 years. If he performs well, he will challenge Baines as being the number one left-back for his country.

Joel Campbell is in a similar position to Bryan Ruiz. The Arsenal forward is unsure whether he will play for a Costa Rica side that are concentrating on their last 16 match already. Yet should Luis Pinto decide on a strong side to secure top spot, Campbell will definitely start. If he does, he will test Shaw with his pace and acceleration with the ball at his feet, and with his confidence at the moment, he will feel he can take a chance from anywhere. So watch out for this battle of the youngsters as it could be key in deciding the result.

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