England’s final bow

June 24, 2014 at 8:12 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Costa Rica, Costa Rica News, England, England News, News
BRAZIL, Belo Horizonte- Group D leaders Costa Rica took on England in their final Group D game at the Estadio Mineirao where both teams played to a goalless draw.

Daniel Sturridge of England reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group D preliminary round match between Costa Rica and England at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 24 June 2014.
Daniel Sturridge of England reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group D preliminary round match between Costa Rica and England at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 24 June 2014.

England who has had a bad campaign at this year’s FIFA World Cup wanted to leave the tournament having won at least one game to silence the media on the heavily criticised 2014 team.

Coach Roy Hodgson chose not to start with regulars Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard to give veteran midfielders Frank Lampard, James Milner and World Cup inductee Phil Jones a run.

Coming in to this game England had lost 2-1 to Uruguay the previous week, then in the same group Costa Rica beat Italy 1-0, guaranteeing England’s exit from the 2014 World Cup campaign.

England’s poor form has drawn much comment from people around the world.

Former Manchester United defender and England captain Rio Ferdinand, while speaking to the BBC said that this year’s England team did not perform as a team that deserves to be at the World Cup, he added that maybe the team was a bit ‘naive’ in goal scoring situations.

This is the first time in 56 years that England has failed to qualify for the last 16.

And in the same night Uruguay beat Italy by a goal to nil.

Italy and England are out, Uruguay and Costa Rica go through to the last 16.

 

Lebogang Mokoena


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