The Chile Players England Will Need to Be Wary of

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The Chile Players England Will Need to Be Wary of
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Even on home turf, England will have to be wary of Chile when the two nations clash in Friday's friendly. The South Americans may not have the same prestige as regional powers Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, but consistently manage to punch above their weight thanks to a heady mix of passion and talent. 

The Roja had stagnated following Marcelo Bielsa's resignation in 2010, but managed to find their best form once more when El Loco disciple Jorge Sampaoli took over from Claudio Borghi. Sampaoli has reproduced the magic touch he enjoyed at the helm of local giants Universidad de Chile, and ensured that the nation would be going to the World Cup for the second consecutive tournament. 

With just one defeat in 2013, and nine wins in their last 13 games, the Chileans are once more a force to be reckoned with. The following quintet are just a few of the stars England will have to watch if they are not to be upstaged on home soil.   

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