Pointers of the World Cup matches
Uruguay vs England
- Who would’ve thought that after their humbling against Costa Rica, Uruguay would come out and slaughter the English defence. All I saw was a useless Phil Jagielka who was flopping around like a mermaid and a Leighton Baines who was bothered more about his hair than where he was passing the ball.
- Hopes were high (As always) and England disappointed (As always) and were brushed aside by the Uruguayan midfield as if they were playing against a Championship side and not the Premier League elite (as they like to call it).
- There was way too much of giving away the ball and everyone was a culprit.
- The Bad Boy of the Premier League, Luis Suarez stepped up and made England pay with a wonderfully headed in goal from a terrific cross via Edinson Cavani. Suarez then later on took the game away from England with a sublime finish as if he were playing against a Norwich side with 2 defenders down.
- Wayne Rooney to everyone’s surprise was actually having a good game (he wasn’t scoring, but still) and then later on in the game he finished off a Glen Johnson cross and scored for the first time EVER in a world cup game and yes you read it write, GLEN JOHNSON DID SOMETHING (READ ASSIST) in the game.
- Joe Hart looked clumsy throughout and was almost caught napping via Suarez twice with two cheeky corners.
- Leighton Baines (he’s still busy with his hair).
- Phil Jagielka is still trying to stand straight.
- Gary Cahill can finally come out now that the Uruguayan team are gone (Wasn't at his best throughout the game and not to forget Ballotelli’s winner the other day).
- Glen Johnson is probably off celebrating his assists since he didn’t do anything in the game other than give away the ball.
- I can’t even say a lot of passing happened since all England did was pass the ball to Uruguay and then try to get it back.
- Jordan Henderson was visible only late on in the second half, god knows where he was before that.
- Steven Gerrard’s free-kicks couldn’t get past the first man and his long balls were way too long and he obviously wasn’t the inspiration England so badly needed.
- Danny Welbeck was as useless as a toddler with an iPhone, he had absolutely no clue what do with the ball.
- Raheem Sterling was missing throughout the game and the only time you heard his name was when he got subbed off for Ross Barkley who was actually miles better!
- Daniel Sturridge was probably the only average (read best) player for England and actually managed to shoot at Fernando Muslera TWICE!
- Wayne Rooney should’ve finished off that cross which he headed on to the crossbar, he did pretty well for the service that was provided to him. Improved display in the second half.
- Uruguay completely deserved their win and the return of Suarez brought back a fighting spirit which England clearly lacked.
- Roy Hodgson is the SECOND richest coach at the World Cup and is defiant on not quitting, obviously why would someone employ good ol Woy for their team? Tactics wrong, Squad selection wrong, late substitutions. He basically FAILED.
- Diego Godin somewhere in between managed to almost get sent off for an elbow but the referee considered it worthy of only a yellow and he honestly didn’t have much to do for the game such was the impotency of the England attack.
- Pereira in between was struck by Sterling's knee and was down and out but got up and chose to carry on against his team doctors wish. Dangerous.
- Steven Gerrard had said that the game would be decided courtesy their defence, well he forgot to remind them to show up. England were beaten fair and square in every department.
- England next play Costa Rica and will be hoping not to lose. Uruguay come up against the mighty Italians and need to win for qualification.
- The surprise? England can still qualify and would probably be the worst team to do so if they beat Costa Rica and Italy manage to overcome their Costa Rican surprise followed by their Uruguayan challenge.
- Full Time : Uruguay 2-1 England
What Twitter had to say?
It's hard to blame one or two individuals for the consecutive losses. England have failed as a group and couldn't live up to the expectation. They have definitely under-performed at this year's World Cup. There's little doubt that the main reason for that is Roy Hodgson. With better tactics and man-management he could have easily seen England through this group. They came close in both the games but ultimately failed. Best part for England is that there is still a glimmer of hope. But the worst part is that it is in Balotelli and co's hands, who would settle for nothing less than a kiss from the queen if his side does beat Costa Rica!