Jack Wilshere gets World Cup start for England against Costa Rica
Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere starts for England in their final World Cup group match against Costa Rica today.
England can’t advance to the knock-out stages of the World Cup after losing their opening two matches against Italy and Uruguay, but will be looking to restore some pride with a victory over Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.
Roy Hodgson is giving an opportunity to a number of the players in the squad who didn’t feature in the Italy and Uruguay defeats.
This will be an opportunity for Wilshere to stake a claim for a starting place in England team for the 2016 Euro qualifiers, which start against Switzerland in September.
Following a feeble World Cup for England and the likely retirement from International duty of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, a number of Euro 2016 starting places are up for grabs for the promising group of young players in the squad.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain misses out today, as he is not risked following the injury he picked up in England’s World Cup warm up match in Miami.
Surprise packages Costa Rica who have won their opening two matches against Uruguay and Italy are likely to rest some of their key players ahead of their last 16 match.