Here is a brief Group D preview for the World Cup. I will give my full tournament predictions on Wednesday and give a more in-depth preview of every World Cup match throughout the tournament.
Teams: Costa Rica, England, Italy, Uruguay
Group Overview: This group can be determined by the health of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez. The striker is recovering from a knee injury and status is uncertain for the first game of the tournament. Suarez is Uruguay’s most important player and scored 31 goals in 33 English Premier League games for Liverpool. Italy will look to bounce back from a terrible performance in 2010. England is bringing a younger team that should play a more attacking style of soccer. Costa Rica is back in the World Cup after missing out in 2010.
Players to watch: Joel Campbell (Costa Rica), Daniel Sturridge (England), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
1. Uruguay 2-0-1
2. Italy 1-2-0
3. England 0-2-1
4. Costa Rica 0-2-1