Costa Rica 0 - 0 England

Match info: World Cup - Gp D at Estadio Mineirao

Date: 24/06/2014 KO: 17:00 Ref: D Haimoudi Att: 57,823

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  • Last Updated: June 23 2014, 21:08 BST

Team news and pre-match comments ahead of the World Cup Group D clash between Costa Rica and England.

Ross Barkley: One of the players to get chance to start
Ross Barkley: One of the players to get chance to start

England manager Roy Hodgson will offer a glimpse of the future in Tuesday's World Cup clash against Costa Rica.

With their elimination already confirmed ahead of the final Group D match, the Three Lions boss promised to make changes in Belo Horizonte.

The guessing game began straight after those comments and Hodgson was asked if he could shed any light on the team that would face Costa Rica.

Surprisingly, the England boss named his entire starting line-up for Tuesday's match, with Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge the only survivors from last week's 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.

"Well, Ben Foster will play in goal," Hodgson said. "The right-back will be Phil Jones.

"Gary Cahill will play centre-half alongside Chris Smalling, and Luke Shaw will play left-back.

"In midfield we will have Milner, Lampard, Wilshere, Barkley, Lallana and Sturridge will play up front."

Hodgson insists this is not a team just to give everyone a run out, though, with the Three Lions boss confident they can win the match - one which they need a positive result from to avoid becoming the first England side to lose all three World Cup group games.

"With a very different team and a lot of players who haven't played in the tournament so far, I wanted everyone to go home from this tournament - or at least as many as possible - having taken part and played in a game, not just training," he said.

"We're very conscious of the fact that our fans are as disappointed and devastated as we are, but they are still here supporting us.

"We came into the hotel and received a lot of sympathy, kind words from them and we really want to make certain tomorrow night that they see something tomorrow that they can take some encouragement from.

"And most importantly of all, it's a top-class international on the biggest stage of all, the World Cup, so anything else than taking the game very seriously and trying to win the game in its own right would be out of the question."

Frank Lampard will lead the side on Tuesday in what may well be the last of 106 caps for England.

The same goes for captain Steven Gerrard, who Hodgson asked to stay on as player and skipper after the World Cup.

Asked if he had the same conversation with the former Chelsea midfielder, Hodgson said: "With regard to Frank Lampard, he's 36.

"We don't know as yet what his next destination is. I would be more than happy if Frank remains available for selection because you never know when you need players.

"A quality player like him I am sure he could serve the country well even in the future, but I haven't had that conversation with him as such as yet.

"I have talked to him more about his future plans and I'm pretty sure that, if we said to him the chances are you might not feature quite so much but please don't retire, please be available, well I think Frank is one of those guys who would say 'you can always count on me if you need me'."

Lampard was coy when asked about his future at the pre-match press conference, preferring instead to focus on the importance of impressing against Los Ticos.

"It is possible [to pick ourselves up] and it's certainly a good test of character," he said."It's been a tough few days. We came here to do better than what's turned out to do.

"Now we are in a situation where we have to show we're men.

"Wayne (Rooney), Steven (Gerrard), Joe (Hart) have all said we're disappointed, but as grown men, as grown-ups, we have to move on.

"This is about showing the pride of wearing an England shirt, whether it's a friendly or a game like this.

"It would be very easy to roll over and say it hasn't been our tournament, let's go home with three defeats.

"If we can take anything from this tournament it's been the progression behind the scenes and, hopefully, a result tomorrow."

England are the "mother of football" in the view of Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto, who knows they will be desperate to restore some pride in their last World Cup match.

This is the first time in 56 years that England have exited at the group stage, with the squad jetting home after the dead-rubber in Belo Horizonte, a city which witnessed one of the national team's most embarrassing defeats.

In 1950, the Three Lions lost 1-0 to the then-amateur United States and the Brazilian city could now be the scene of another of their darkest hours.

England have never lost all three World Cup group matches before - a fate Pinto knows they will be desperate to avoid on Tuesday.

"The mother of football cannot leave without points and that makes it very complex," the Costa Rica coach said.

"It makes the match very hard. England must take some pride out of Brazil. They cannot just leave with crossed arms.

"This means it will be a head-to-head, a one-to-one match. Those who come into the team will give their all and fight for their position. We want to be number one in the group and we deserve to be it.

"It seems to be that maybe England were taken by surprise. They haven't been lucky in finding the goal. They came to the box many times but did not score the goal.

"Above everything they will have pride. This will be aggressive. We will attack and have our own style of play. We will continue to do what we have done so far."

Pinto is planning to make two alterations from the side that beat Italy for the match at the Estadio Mineirao, where the country of 4.8million will see their last-16 opponents decided

"It can have a huge impact in Costa Rica," Pinto said. "We went through critical moments and that has given us confidence and stabilised us emotionally. We want more.

"That is our dream and we are prepared physically, tactically and mentally to do that.

"It will be more complicated from here. Our opponents have seen us, they know us, what we have and what we don't have. We've improved."