England opened their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign with a 2-1 loss against a very good Italy side, so is that it now for England in the World Cup?
Well no, I honeslty don’t believe so. Aside from the score, there were far more positives to take out of the game last night than there were negatives. Raheem Stirling in particular was very lively in attack. He came very close to opening the scoring after just 5 minutes when a jinking run ended with him firing a shot just wide of the post with the goalkeeper beaten.
England’s troubles stemmed from an inability to close down space on the left hand side, with Wayne Rooney taking most of the flack there after starting in an unfamiliar position. In truth though, England looked dangerous thoughout, and had a good shout for a penalty turned down when Gerrard was brought down in the box with a clumsy challenge.
Uruguay are up next, and they will be reeling after their shock 3-1 loss to Costa Rica. Luis Suarez is back in the side, so England will need to be rock solid at the back, but the pace up front can cause Uruguay all sorts of problems, so the match is very winnable.