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From the Lion's Den: June 16th

While the players recover their fitness for the upcoming game, catch up on the latest news from England's camp.

Rooney: "I have never said my place is guaranteed"

Under fire England striker Wayne Rooney insist that he works hard in order to get into the team. The 28-year old missed a guilt-edge chance that could've brought England level in Manaus against Italy.

Hodgson pondering changes; wants Rooney in penalty box more

Ahead of their second group match against Uruguay on Thursday, Roy Hodgson spoke of the possibility of making changes to his XI:

"We have to assess what the match has taken out of the players."

"But luckily there is no injury, apart from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and he’s going to be close for Thursday."

"So I have a chance to make changes, if I want."

Roy also adds that he would like to get Rooney into the penalty box more:

"There is no question we will get him in the box."

Gerrard convinced England can cause problems

Big ones too, according to the skipper:

"They concede goals and if we attack like we did against Italy we will cause Uruguay big, big problems."

Steven Gerrard also praises teammate Raheem Sterling for his display against Italy, citing "he is fearless" and "a big player for the future".

Sturridge disappointed with result

Despite scoring a goal against Italy, Daniel Sturridge was disappointed as he could not prevent England from losing their first match in Brazil:

"Obviously I’m gutted we didn’t win the game because I feel like I’ve let, not just everyone in England but my family down as well."

He'd do well to remember his own tweet:

Suarez still need to prove self

Speaking of Luis Suarez, Roy Hodgson thinks that Suarez still need to prove himself at the World Cup:

"You can be a great player in your league but to be recognised as one of the all-time greats you have got to do it at the World Cup."

So Luis, challenge accepted?

Gary Lewin returns home

England team physio Gary Lewin, who break his ankle while celebrating England's goal against Italy, will be going home for a surgery. In his absence, Steve Kemp will take on Lewin's duties.