Sunderland man relishing World Cup warm-up in tonight's game against England live on the telly

Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo will be on the box tonight playing for Costa Rica a

by Brandon_Rawlin Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:04 PM Comments

Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo will be on the box tonight playing for Costa Rica against England. 

England play their final warm-up game before the World Cup tonight against Costa Rica with Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo likely to take to the pitch for the visitors at Elland Road. 

The game is on the telly with ITV beaming the action live. Coverage starts at 7.30pm and there's some Sunderland-related interest with Oviedo featuring up against ex-Black Cats Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford. 

Jack Butland is expected to be put through his paces in goal ahead of Pickford for tonight's game though the Mackem lad has been handed the number one jersey for the World Cup proper. 

Oviedo played 34 Championship games last season for Sunderland and reckons Gareth Southgate's men will pose his side a decent test before both teams head off to Russia:

"England is a very young and strong team, especially compared to a few years ago. We played against them a few years ago and they seem to have changed a lot.

"Right now they are a different team, very strong and with great players who are in the top of the world. For us it will be a great test".


The Black Cats left back also reckons he's put the disappointments of last season relegation from the Championship behind him as he focuses solely on performing for his country: 

"For me it is very important and great to be able to play a World Cup, I have a lot of excitement. 

I know we had a difficult season with Sunderland, but I have forgotten this and I am 100% focused on the World Cup. We hope to play a great role because many in Costa Rica are looking forward to matching Brazil 2014".

Oviedo's future at the Stadium of Light is uncertain. The 28-year-old has previously suggested he doesn't fancy playing League One football next season though that was before the ongoing revolution got underway on Wearside under Sunderland's new owners. 

The defender may attract admirers during the course of the global tournament of course and may never be seen again in red and white.