Collymore's World Cup Corner: England Should Mimic Liverpool Against Uruguay

Stan CollymoreFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2014

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1. England should follow Liverpool's lead

I think England should consider a 4-4-2 diamond against Uruguay—mimicking the setup used by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. That would see Steven Gerrard in front of the back four, with Jordan Henderson pushing forward and Raheem Sterling on the right.

I'd bring in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left-hand side to add his pace and penetration, with Wayne Rooney in the No. 10 role alongside Daniel Sturridge—an out-and-out strike pair. If Rooney doesn't produce in the first half, he has to be replaced by Ross Barkley for the second.

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 14: Wayne Rooney (L) and Daniel Sturridge of England stretch prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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Rooney has no excuses if he's in that role. He'll be where he wants to play, with every chance to have a big influence. My big concern is he can sometimes slow things down with the way he plays. He needs to be drawing players onto him and releasing Sturridge to get past him. That's his true value.

England have got to get at Uruguay. Their centre-backs are vulnerable, while right-back Maxi Pereira is suspended. It's so important we attack them.


2. Rounding up the action so far

I've seen Brazil twice now, and they have an obvious overreliance on Neymar to beat four players and score a goal from the halfway line.

Neymar needs back-up, just as Cristiano Ronaldo does for Portugal, if either side are going to play to their potential.

For Neymar and Ronaldo, the supporting acts have to turn out, or they'll fall.

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My adjusted favourites are Germany. I watched them destroy Portugal, and the likes of Mario Gotze, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller were truly exceptional. They're ready to go to the final and look capable of being the first European team to win a World Cup in the Americas.

I'm really looking forward to seeing Belgium in their second game. They laboured somewhat against Algeria, and I still maintain they won't be ready to mount a serious challenge until Euro 2016 comes around in France. But they have so much talent in their ranks.


3. Bumping into Brazil legends

I've run into a couple of genuine Brazilian World Cup legends over the last couple of days.

Here's me and Junior.

And here I am with the legend who is Cafu.

Good times.