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England captain Steven Gerrard during a training session, 18 JuneReuters

England were pretty impressive in their opening Group D encounter against Italy, but come Thursday they will look to marry performance with results when they take on Uruguay in a crucial FIFA World Cup 2014 match in Sao Paulo.

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Roy Hodgson's men put in an impressive attacking performance against Italy, but were undone by just that little bit more tactical nous from their opponents.

With Italy now looking like favourites to qualify for the knockout rounds, England and Uruguay will know they cannot drop anymore points.

"The sort of attacking players we have got are capable of hurting the opposition," said Hodgson. "A top team like Italy were tested by the quality of our attacking players on Saturday and we aren't going to put our weapons down now.

"Any weapon we have got we are going to try and use."

The attacking quartet of Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge did cause Italy plenty of problems, but for all their pressure England only managed to score one goal. The English will need to be a little more potent in front of goal against a Uruguay side desperate for a win themselves after their embarrassing humbling at the hands of Costa Rica.

Uruguay were poor, and then some, against Costa Rica, who rode on a brilliant performance to pull off a come-from-behind 3-1 victory.

However, Uruguay, who will be without skipper Diego Lugano, will have their trump card Luis Suarez available for this game, and England, especially the Liverpool players, will be well aware of the threat posed by the striker.

"If I walk past him I will say hello and shake his hand but in that moment I am not really looking for friends or teammates," England skipper and Suarez's club captain Steven Gerrard said.

"He knows that once the whistle goes there is no friendship between me and Luis Suarez for 90 whatever minutes we play. But before and after the game he is a friend and a teammate and we can switch back into that mode. But while the game is going on, there will be nothing."

While Suarez is available for selection for Uruguay, there is no such luck for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the England midfielder still not deemed to be ready enough for action.

"He is not in contention for tomorrow, but he will take part in the next full training session," Hodgson said on Wednesday. "Today was his last training session as, if you like, an individual.

"We could have taken a chance with him tomorrow, but it would be much better if he uses the four days after this game and before the Costa Rica game to train with the team.

"Fortunately for us, his actual injury has responded really well to treatment, but I don't think we will put him into the firing line tomorrow before he has had some training sessions with the team."

Expected lineups: England: Hart; Johnson, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines; Henderson, Gerrard; Welbeck, Rooney, Sterling; Sturridge.

Uruguay: Muslera; Caceres, Godín, Coates, Fucile; Rodríguez, Gargano, Rios, Stuani; Suarez, Cavani.

Prediction: 2-1 to England