Costa Rica vs. England: Form Guide, Live Stream, Prediction for 2014 World Cup

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Costa Rica vs. England: Form Guide, Live Stream, Prediction for 2014 World Cup
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Roy Hodgson's England team crashed out of the World Cup after just two group games having lost 2-1 to both Italy and Uruguay.

Costa Rica, on the other hand, have surprised many by making it through to the last 16 after victories over the Azzurri and La Celeste in confident displays. 

When the two sides meet on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, the Costa Ricans will be looking for a result to confirm a group win which would see them to an easier draw in the first knockout round.

Read on for live streaming information as well as a look at both sides' form and a prediction.

 

Date: Tuesday, June 24

Time: 5 p.m. BST, noon ET

TV Info: ITV (UK), ESPN2 (U.S.)

Live Stream: ITV Player, ESPN Player

 

Form Guide

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England will be looking to take at least a little pride away from the tournament in Brazil with victory over Costa Rica. 

Their performances against Italy and Uruguay were relatively impressive in attack, but defensive weaknesses let Hodgson's side down. 

Wayne Rooney finally broke his World Cup duck against Uruguay, latching on to the end of a Glen Johnson cross. 

The Manchester United striker was England's best player on Thursday, per BBC Sport's Stuart Rowson, and he will be vital if the Three Lions are to leave the World Cup with a win:

England's results at the World Cup have been poor, it is the first time they have lost twice at the group stages of a World Cup since 1950 per ESPN:

They need to turn their form around if they are to beat Costa Rica—results before the tournament saw them beat Peru while drawing with Ecuador and Honduras.

La Sele caused an opening shock against Uruguay with a 3-1 win and went on to beat Italy 1-0 to confirm their passage through to the last 16 of the tournament in Brazil.

They have turned their form around for the World Cup after drawing with the Republic of Ireland and losing to Japan in their warm-up matches.

What will be the result on Tuesday?

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When the draw was made for the competition, Group D was marked out as a tough one, and Costa Rica were earmarked to be the whipping boys.

However, they have proved to be a very strong side tactically and will be a tricky opponent for Hodgson's side on Tuesday.

England look weak at the back, and they will desperately be looking to keep a clean sheet with Rooney and Daniel Sturridge providing the impetus in attack.

A draw would be enough for Costa Rica to top the group and is a likely outcome in an encounter that is verging on a dead rubber.

Prediction: 2-2 

 

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