World Cup 2014: England Seek Atonement Against Costa Rica

Roy Hodgson's England side had hoped to be heading into their final Group D fixture vying for a last-16 place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but their tournament is already over after consecutive 2-1 defeats by Italy and Uruguay.

updated: June 23, 2014 09:54 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: England return to Belo Horizonte on Tuesday, scene of the country's greatest sporting humiliation, where they will attempt to restore pride against Costa Rica after another chastening World Cup experience.

Belo Horizonte's Estadio Independencia provided the setting for England's sensational 1-0 loss to the part-timers of the United States at the 1950 World Cup -- a game latterly dubbed 'The Miracle Match'.

Sixty-four years on, England are braced for another day to forget in the city, although with Tuesday's game taking place at the Estadio Mineirao, they will at least be spared a reunion with the ghosts of 1950.

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