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Will Uruguay Be England’s Party Poopers?

The next massive game in our Dates To Remember feature is the Group D clash between Uruguay and England.

Date: 19 June

Time: 21:00 (SA time)

Arena: Arena de Sao Paulo

Group: D

Following a tricky first match against Italy, England will face another stern test against Uruguay.

The South American's are expected to enter the game on the back of a victory against underdogs Costa Rica in their first game.

Uruguay are one of only four side’s against the Three Lions have a negative head-to-head record, losing four, winning three and drawing three games.

They have only met twice at the world's biggest football stage, in 1954 Uruguay beat England 4-2 and in 1966 they draw 0-0.

Uruguay’s golden years, when they won the World Cup in 1934 and 1950, are long past, but England have only once progressed past the quarter-final after winning the tournament in 1966.

While England topped their qualification group unbeaten and with a goal-difference of 31-4, Uruguay had to fight until the end and progress through the intercontinental playoff against Jordan.

The South Americans have one of the most feared attacks at the World Cup, with Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and the ageing Diego Forlan.

However, they may lack quality in other areas, which could be exploited by Roy Hodgson’s young England squad.

England fear that Uruguay could become ‘party-poopers’ like in 2010 when they surprisingly reached the semi-final. In addition, the South American’s will have the advantage of being used to the weather conditions in Brazil.

Either way, be sure to mark this game in your calendar as it could guide the path to progress or exit for one of the Group D giants.

Who will win this tie and be likely to progress out of Group E? Have your say in the comment section below.

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