BELO HORIZONTE (AP) - Rarely before at the World Cup has a coach revealed his team in public the day before a match. With nothing to play for, England coach Roy Hodgson did just that Monday for the Group D finale against Costa Rica.
England will fly home after Tuesday’s game, eliminated by losses to Italy and Uruguay.
Hodgson wants to use the Costa Rica game to ensure all the members of the 23-man squad other than the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain get on the pitch. So only Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge will have started all three games in Brazil. Frank Lampard comes in as captain as Steven Gerrard drops to the bench.
The full team is: Ben Foster; Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw; James Milner, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere; Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge.
- By Rob Harris - www.twitter.com/RobHarris
AMSTERDAM (AP) - The streets of central Amsterdam were abandoned and nearly silent during the first 69 minutes of the Netherlands’ game against Chile on Monday.
Fans huddled around television sets at home and in cafes. Around 20,000 people, nearly all in orange, watched on giant screens in Amsterdam’s Museum Square.
But a deafening roar echoed around the city when Leroy Fer scored the first goal, and horns and cheering continued through the rest of the 2-0 victory that clinched first place in Group B. After that, partygoers spilled out onto streets and canals, some shouting, others dancing.
An estimated half of the country’s 17 million population watched the match, and that percentage is expected to increase as the team progresses further.
FOOTBALL & FAITH
SAO PAULO (AP) - Hours before Brazil’s match Monday, several men set up on either side of enormous Avenida Paulista to pass out their booklets.
“Vitoria 2014,” written in 13 languages, reminds everyone their Christian beliefs are not about football victories at all.