Hodgson Gives Young Guns A Chance Against Costa Rica

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  • Roy Hodgson will give England's youngsters the chance to play on the World Cup stage in a much-modified line-up for the final Group D game against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

    The Three Lions are already condemned to an early trip home from Brazil after a brace of 2-1 defeats to Italy and Uruguay, and England manager Hodgson has announced that he will field a very different side against Costa Rica with youngsters Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere all starting Tuesday's game in Belo Horizonte.

    Everton playmaker Barkley was a substitute in both Group D losses while Southampton defender Shaw will make his World Cup debut. Hodgson said that he aims to use England's match against Costa Rica as an opportunity for the duo to show their talents.

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    Hodgson commented: “I’m looking for them to show their talent. Both of them are very good passers of the ball, very good at running with the ball. Both, for young players, have good vision. That will improve the more games they play, but they’re well advanced for their age.

    "They can show the faith and hope we have that those boys are ready to make their mark. This could be the first moment they give us an inkling that we are on the right track.”

    Steven Gerrard will be dropped in place of Frank Lampard who also takes the captaincy role for his first appearance in the 2014 World Cup, where he will be joined in midfield by Arsenal's Jack Wilshere. Adam Lallana and James Milner meanwhile will start in the wider attacking roles, Lallana having also made two substitute showings.

    Hodgson remained wary that Lampard may choose this to be one of his final international appearances, adding: "We don’t know as yet what his next destination is. I would be more than happy if Frank remains available for selection because you never know when you need players. A quality player like him is always good to have available if needed." 

    With Shaw taking the place of Leighton Baines who is nursing a groin problem, Phil Jones will replace Glen Johnson in the opposite defensive role. Gary Cahill remains a central defender, while Chris Smalling will join him in place of Phil Jagielka.

    Initial Group D underdogs, Costa Rica are already through to the last 16 after wins against Uruguay and Italy, who both face each other at 5pm in Natal to decide who will follow them through.

    Luis Suarez is expected to start after his brace for Uruguay against England, and Ladbrokes offer up to £25 cashback if the striker scores anytime against the Italians.

    England meanwhile look to salvage some pride from the 2014 World Cup with a win against Costa in their 5pm kick-off, and that match will be shown live on ITV1. Click here to compare all betting odds for the 2014 World Cup.

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