English press turns on team after second loss

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 10:22 20/06/2014
ROBERT KITCHIN/Stuff.co.nz

England football fans react to their loss against Uruguay this morning in the Football World Cup.

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UNDER FIRE: England captain Steven Gerrard was criticised by the English media for his performance against Uruguay.

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And out come the knives.

As predictably as England were first over-hyped off the pitch, then underperformed on it, the English media have shown more attack than their football side did in today's 2-1 loss to Uruguay.

England's World Cup hopes hang by a thread after the side's second 2-1 loss in a week.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, much loved by Liverpool fans and much loathed by pretty much everyone else in England, returned just five weeks after knee surgery to score twice against an England team featuring five of his Liverpool clubmates. 

''It had to be Luis Suarez who wrecked England's World Cup'' was the theme of the English newspapers dissecting their side's loss.

The Telegraph's Henry Winter said Suarez's had ''condemned England to humiliation'' while The Mirror's Ed Malyon singled out a couple of English players. 

''On the day England's World Cup campaign was hooked up to life support, Gerrard was the biggest disappointment,'' he said, referring to England skipper Steven Gerrard.

''Poor for the opening Uruguay goal, the Liverpool man failed to impose himself on the game and continued his late-season slide in form.''

Manchester United's England striker Danny Welbeck came under fire too. 

''Danny Welbeck's second anonymous 90 minutes at the World Cup should bring his future in the side into question.''

The Mirror clutched at a silver lining and immediately ran a piece titled ''How England can still qualify for the World Cup knockout stages after defeat to Uruguay''.

It went on to say that if Italy beat Costa Rica in their second pool match tomorrow AND the Roy Hodgson-coached England beat Costa Rica in their final match AND Italy beat Uruguay AND goal difference works in their favour, England can still reach the knockout stage.

''Hodgson's men need a miracle,'' wrote Alex Richards.

- Stuff

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