Costa Rica v England - Match Preview: Chelsea legend to be captain

Frank Lampard

Roy Hodgson is expected to make a number of changes for England's match against Costa Rica, including making Frank Lampard captain.

To be played on Tuesday 24th June 2014 at 17:00. Venue: Estadio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte.

Odds: Costa Rica 3/1, Draw 11/4, England 5/6

Preview & injury news

England are expected to give the players who have yet to feature in this World Cup some match time in their last match of the tournament, against Costa Rica in Belo Horizinte on Tuesday. Frank Lampard, who is currently without a club after his release from Chelsea, will replace Steven Gerrard in midfield and take over as captain for what could be his last match in England shirt. The 36 year-old midfielder is likely to retire after the tournament ends after winning 106 caps for his country after the match against Costa Rica. Youngsters Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley are also expected to start for the Three Lions as they bow out of the tournament in the group stage.

Costa Rica, who have already qualified for the next round, only need a draw to ensure top spot from Group D. The team from the CONCACAF region in North America have surprised many so far in a Group where they had three previous winners of the competition to face, but they have taken on that challenge with considerable ease. Arsenal striker Joel Campbell scored in a 3-1 win over Uruguay in their first match, before Fulham midfielder Bryan Ruiz headed the only goal of the match against Italy, to secure their qualification and knock out England in the process.

These two countries have had very differing tournaments, but whilst England will hope to end their tournament with a win, Costa Rica will be looking to continue their good form into the knockout stages of the World Cup. 

Key stats

England have not lost all three group games at a major tournament since the 1988 European Championships.

Costa Rica have scored in all seven of their previous World Cup meetings with teams from Europe.

England have never recorded zero points in a World Cup group.

5 players to watch

Ross Barkley - The Everton midfielder has been limited to substitute appearances in the previous two matches, but is expected to be given a starting role against Costa Rica. The youngster has impressed throughout the season with his dribbling skills and pace, and will hope he can transfer that onto the international stage to boost his confidence for the future.

Bryan Ruiz - It is unsure whether head coach Jorge Luis Pinto will rest his key players as he looks to prevent injuries before the start of the knockout stage. Yet with the importance of finishing top of the group not guaranteed yet and plenty of confidence in the squad, he will be desperate to keep the morale high. Therefore the Fulham man will be key in Costa Rica's attacking threat. 

Luke Shaw - Leaving Ashley Cole was a big call by Roy Hodgson, and one that he may regret. That doesn't change that Luke Shaw will see this as a great opportunity to make his fist appearance for England in a major competition. Shaw has been superb for Southampton, and will be hoping to transfer that onto the international stage. 

Joel Campbell - The Arsenal man, like Ruiz, could be rested for this match. However if he plays he will look to exploit the nervousness in the English defence and use his pace to hurt a back four that have already conceded four goals in two matches. It will be important, should he play, he doesn't get injured, otherwise he will be a huge loss in the last 16.

Frank Lampard - Lampard may not have played so far in this tournament, but the former Chelsea player will captain his country for the first, and almost certainly last time in a major tournament. He, alongside Gerrard, has been superb for his country making over 100 caps. He will be desperate to end his career on a positive note for his country.

Last time they met

This match will be the first time they play each other.

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