My apologies, the Japan vs. Greece blog feed was meant to go live at 11:00PM, but I will make sure to update that feed as that match starts later on, for now, this live feed will be based on the Uruguay vs. England match.
Uruguay 2-1 England
Nearly 20 minutes in and already there are some good signs showing for England. It will be interesting to see if England can rack up some goals in the 90-minute match against Uruguay.
Tom Rostance: “Martin Caceres and his ridiculous shorts lump the ball downfield for Uruguay, Luis Suarez is offside though and he blames Caceres for delaying the pass. A few tackles flying in early doors in the middle. What a strike! Phil Jagielka miscues his clearance, it runs out to Cristian Rodriguez 25 yards out, and he catches it sweet as a nut! Lovely hit, always rising and just over Joe Hart’s crossbar. Not by very much though. At all!”
Former England International Danny Mills: “The game hasn’t really settled, everyone looks a bit nervous and there are one or two needless passes going astray. Luis Suarez will be the key. England have to concentrate around their box, those little one-twos will be their downfall, if anything.”
BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Sao Paulo: “No surprise that Luis Suarez is fired up for this – a few of his Uruguay team-mates have already been on the receiving end of some strong verbals from him for failing to close England down quickly enough.”
Tom Rostance: “Nice. Nice. Good stuff from England, with Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling linking up neatly before Daniel Sturridge has a shot deflected over the top. Uruguay conceded from a set-piece against Costa Rica…but they defend that one well.”
Former England International Chris Waddle (BBC Radio 5 Live): “A great effort from Cristian Rodriguez, it just went about a half-yard over the bar and Joe Hart was beaten. Uruguay are playing a good tempo and closing England down. I’m sure Luis Suarez will have said press England and they will give the ball away and that is what’s happening. Down the other end England attack but you just want them to slow the ball down, it’s very hard to play so quick.”
Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup
HABIB JAN: Come on England, move ahead, it’s your day, plz do it, don’t rush, stay calm and hit it on target. Make England Proud.
Team Germany: England not aggressive as many expected.. They are lacking tempo.
Andrew Insley: England looking edgy, need to relax.
Tom Rostance: “Raheem Sterling is on a booking and needs to keep his cool as he flies into a tackle in midfield, referee Carlos Carballo of Spain just leads him away from the tussle. No card as of yet. England have outpassed Uruguay 104 to 80 so far. They’re basically the new Spain…”
Phil Neville: “Every time Raheem Sterling gets the ball two or three Uruguay players are around him. He is obviously going to be a marked man. I was speaking to Paulo Sergio at breakfast this morning and he said Sterling was the closest player to a Brazilian footballer, that is some compliment.”
Tom Rostance: “Another fluffed clearance, this time from Gary Cahill, but England are OK. Touch wood, we’ve not seen much from Luis Suarez yet…”
Former England International Chris Waddle: “Luis Suarez looks about 75% fit. You can really tell any time he has to run more than 10 yards, they want to get it into his feet. So far England have not settled. They look edgy and nervous. Uruguay don’t look brilliant but they look more relaxed than this England side and they are moving the ball quicker and causing problems. You just want England to get a bit more width and switch the play earlier. I think a few of these players look a bit leggy from the first game.”
Phil Neville: “Luis Suarez doesn’t look fit to me in the way he is moving around. He has only just had a knee operation, 28 days is not a long time to get back playing.”