Costa Rica: Twenty-Eighth ranked Costa Rica will be making their fourth World Cup appearance in the World Cup. Coach Jorge Luis Pinto’s side impressed during the qualification stage by conceding the lowest number of goals and fantastic home record of five out of five wins in the final phase. Bryan Ruiz, one of the best players for Costa Rica has been a main stay for the national side since 2007 and is expected to come up good for Ticos.
England: One of the star-studded sides, England has always been burdened with huge expectations but failed to deliver somehow. Making their 14th World Cup appearance, England won the title way back in 1966. England Manager Roy Hodgson has high hopes with one of the most talented players in his side. With experienced players like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the side along with Wayne Rooney, the Three Lions would be keen on shedding the ‘unlucky tag’ in this World Cup 2014.
The two sides are meeting for the first time.