URUGUAY 2 – 1 ENGLAND
The England fans were all out in force as their national team was defeated once more in the World Cup, a record (since we’ve qualified from our group for most, if not all World Cups).
Uruguay were attacking from the very first minute and a lot of the action was happening in central midfield, with many tackles being fought for and won by both sides, with nobody seeming the dominant team. We were both equal. It would be in the late 1st half when Luis Suarez was fed a ball and headed into the net from close range (not exactly a diving header like Van Persie but it still went in the net unlike Rooney’s attempt).
England fans were rather frustrated and I myself spent most of the game cursing Wayne (“bloody”) Rooney every time he got the ball. Even when he had scored, it was too late into the game (75 minutes to wait for the first England goal) and we didn’t even manage to get a point from it because Suarez would score again with about only 5 minutes to go, stealing all 3 points for Uruguay.
England failed to show the skill they had displayed in the Italy game, with Sturridge and Sterling not linking up in the way they did against the Italians… Wayne Rooney had been switched around with Sterling to make sure that he could play in “HIS NATURAL POSITION” – not that it did England any good as we failed to get enough goals to win the game. Had Wayne Rooney score a hat trick, I would be praising the manager (Roy Hodgson) as a genius for using his tactics in such a manner that allowed Rooney to perform to his best BUT it wasn’t to be like that.
England now rely heavily on Italy to win against both Costa Rica (today) and Uruguay (on the 24th) for our hopes of qualifying to the last 16 to stay alive. England must also beat Costa Rica on the 24th June to get 3 points and possibly claim the second place spot as Uruguay lose to Italy. If Costa Rica get more points (against Italy or England), they will qualify ahead of England. If Uruguay get more points, they will qualify ahead of England… we’re basically relying on the downfall of others to ensure that England get to go through to the knockout stages.
I think England can win against Costa Rica but it’s not so much “come on England” as it is “come on ITALY” now.
KEY PLAYERS: Glen Johnson was an attacking force and provided the assist for England’s goal.
Luis Suarez just went into to the history books as the Liverpool player who may have singlehandedly ruined England’s chances of qualification to the knockout stages of the World Cup.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.