Santa Cruz hoping to make England date

Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz is hoping to be fit in time to play in his country’s opening game of the World Cup against England.

Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz is hoping to be fit in time to play in his country’s opening game of the World Cup against England.

The Bayern Munich player has been nursing a knee injury in recent days, and sat out yesterday’s 3-0 friendly win over regional side Bavaria, instead training on his own.

He said: “I’m moving slowly towards my full recovery, and looking forward to being available against England or maybe for the second match (against Sweden on June 15).”

Santa Cruz added that he and his team-mates are determined to avoid defeat against England in order to set a positive tone for their World Cup campaign.

He continued: “We cannot just react to their game. We have to play our own game and try to focus on our strengths, which are to combine well and let the ball flow and to attack aggressively.”

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