Costa Rica look to top Group D

Costa Rica look to top Group D
Costa Rica's Jose Cubero

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Jun 24, 2014. 09:26

Surprise package, Costa Rica, will be aiming to do the unexpected and top Group D with a win over already eliminated England on Tuesday evening at the Estadio Mineirao, kick-off at 18h00 (CAT).

Los Ticos have caused up the biggest stir on the World Cup stage this year with their shock victories over both Uruguay and Italy in their opening two matches.

Jorge Luis Pinto’s side was the only nation in the group to have not won a previous World Cup game, making them the least favourite to progress into the next round.

However, an inspired display buoyed by passion, pace and hunger saw them become the only team in the four-team pool to have taken maximum points in their first two outings so far.

Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz have been particularly exciting for Costa Rica, but assistant boss Paulo Wanchope says his boys need to keep their emotions in check when they take on England.

"The first thing is to manage our emotions. We've already qualified but it is important to look forward, it's important to keep growing as a team," said the 37-year-old former Derby County forward.

Meanwhile, England have little but pride left to play for in their final match, having failed to gather a single point in their two matches.

The Three Lions were ousted by Italy and Uruguay to hand England their first World Cup group stage elimination for the first time since 1958.

As a result, Roy Hodgson’s future has been placed under scrutiny and with the backing of his own players; the former Inter manager believes that he is the right man for the job.

"I think the players reacted to the work we have done," he said.  "I think the fact we have brought in so many young players at the last minute, we didn't even have some of these players in November so has been quite a late emergence.

"I think the players are a very, very strong group, a solid group. I believe they are more than accepting of the work we are trying to do, they share our belief, they share our goals, they share our vision.

"As a result of the backing of the FA and the people around me, I feel I am the right man to continue."

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