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Oviedo eyes Costa Rica upsets

Bryan Oviedo believes that his Costa Rica team-mates are capable of causing a few shocks in Brazil this summer.

The 24-year-old will miss the World Cup due to a broken leg sustained while playing for Everton in January against Stevenage, but he is still set to make the trip to offer his support.

Costa Rica are regarded as the underdogs in Group D, where they will meet England in their final game after taking on Uruguay and Italy.

Oviedo knows that it is a big ask for his side to progress to the knock-out stages, but insists that they have the quality to surprise a few people.

"This is a very strong group. These three games will be very hard and we need to play well, we have to be prepared for them and very focused," he said.

"We'll need to stay concentrated because we will be playing against three of the best teams in the world. But nothing is impossible.

"I think Costa Rica has a good chance but it is difficult for everyone in the group."

Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, who scored against Manchester United while on loan at Olympiakos last season, and former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz are among Costa Rica's danger men in Brazil.

Oviedo said: "We have more experience than the last World Cups and we have so many players playing in Europe in important tournaments, which is important.

"We have good players and a good team, a solid team which is very important. We can cause the bigger teams a few problems, that is for sure."

Oviedo, who has spent the past two seasons in the Premier League, could see Costa Rica come up against Everton team-mates Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley.

The two sides meet on June 24 at the Estadio Mineirao and the full-back thinks that England can enjoy a strong tournament.

"They are young but they are very good players and I think England have a very good chance of fighting for the World Cup," he said.