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Breaking Bets: Will Hodgson ring the changes for Uruguay clash?

| 16.06.2014

England’s World Cup dreams hang by a thread after Saturday night’s defeat to Italy and now Roy Hodgson’s men face a huge winner-takes-all clash against Uruguay.

There is plenty of positivity surrounding England’s display in Manaus but with question marks still surrounding Wayne Rooney’s place in the team, places could be up for grabs in the starting line-up in São Paulo.

England are 5/4 for victory to get back to winning ways with Uruguay 23/10 for all three points, while the draw also available at 23/10 with Ladbrokes.

Ladbrokes go 11/4  that Hodgson rings the changes and our news team takes a look at three possible players who could force their way into the reckoning as England look to stay in the tournament.

Ross Barkley

To pick or not to pick Ross Barkley? That is the question for Roy Hodgson as he tries to mastermind a Three Lions victory over Uruguay. The Everton star is a huge English talent and things seem to happen when he gets on the ball in the white of England. Used as an impact sub against the Azzurri, Barkley could be handed his chance from the start behind the striker with Sterling switching into a wide position.

Adam Lallana

The Southampton star has been one of Roy Hodgson’s go to men in the last year but Raheem Sterling’s performances in training and Danny Welbeck’s defensive ability saw them start against the Italians in Manaus. But with England needing a win to keep alive their chances of qualification of Group D Lallana could be called into action at Arena Corinthians.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Arsenal man looked raring to go during England’s 2-2 friendly draw with Ecuador but an unfortunate collision with Carlos Gruezo left his World Cup dream under threat. But two weeks later and the Ox could be unleashed upon Uruguay in this do-or-die Group D clash. Roy Hodgson is confident the 20-year-old will be fit for selection and he could come into the side on the left-hand side in place of the under-fire Rooney.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Oliver Yew