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24/06/2014 18:58, Report by James Tuck

England finish with draw

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones played a full 90 minutes as England completed their disappointing World Cup campaign with a goalless draw against already-qualified Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.

Smalling partnered Gary Cahill in central defence and Jones started at right-back, with Wayne Rooney coming off the bench in the second half, as Roy Hodgson made several changes to his side for the dead-rubber. Danny Welbeck was an unused substitute.

Joel Campbell, who played against United for Olympiacos in the Champions League last season, saw a shot deflect inches wide after only two minutes, but Smalling and Jones helped keep their opponents quiet thereafter, though Ben Foster tipped Celso Borges’ free-kick onto the crossbar.

At the other end, Daniel Sturridge came close several times to breaking the deadlock in the first half, heading over a presentable chance in the 35th minute after Jones had nodded a far-post corner back across goal.

And the Liverpool man was also England’s most likely player after the break, curling a shot narrowly wide after a neat one-two with Jack Wilshere. Rooney replaced James Milner with a quarter of an hour left and went close with a cheeky chip that was tipped over.

But he could not force the breakthrough and England leave Brazil with one point from three games. Costa Rica qualify with Uruguay, who beat Italy 1-0 in the other Group D game.

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