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2014 FIFA World Cup: England Starting XI Instant Analysis

Roy Hodgson England 2014 FIFA World Cup

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According to sources across the pond, Roy Hodgson has released his starting lineup for England‘s must-win match win Uruguay today. It is an unchanged side from the Three Lions 2-1 loss to Italy last Saturday in Manaus.

ENGLAND STARTING XI (4-2-3-1):

Joe Hart

Glen Johnson — Phil Jagielka — Gary Cahill — Leighton Baines

Steven Gerrard — Jordan Henderson

Raheem Sterling — Wayne Rooney — Danny Welbeck

Daniel Sturridge

This lineup was built around containing Luis Suarez; the dynamic Uruguayan forward will see plenty of familiar faces in the back-line and defensive midfield for England. Five of the defensive six for England play their club football in Liverpool either for Liverpool FC or city-rivals Everton FC.

The problem for me with this lineup is that England is in a must-win situation so they need to find ways to generate offense. That would not be a problem if they had a true target forward at striker but that is not what Daniel Sturridge does well. England has evolved into a team that looks for their speedy wingers to use their pace to find space to whip in balls to box looking for Sturridge and Rooney.

Another factor to consider is that Uruguay will be without their captain center-back Diego Lugano for this critical match; in his place will be 19-year-old José María Giménez from Atletico Madrid. Giménez has only six international caps coming into this match and he only made one appearance for his club during the entire La Liga campaign; all the way back on September 14.

What is the best way to exploit this? Two forwards! There may come a time in the match where England needs a goal to get the desired result at which point you’ll see Wayne Rooney gets pushed up front next to Sturridge and Jordan Henderson pulled off for dynamic young midfielder Ross Barkley.

England is in need of a win so why not give yourself more time with the more-attacking mentality? This will be one of the main questions if England does not get the desired result thus crashing out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup this early.

Matthew Evans is a soccer writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google

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