Mourinho comes to England’s defence

June 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, England, England News, News
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has come to the defence of England's World Cup campaign, saying Roy Hodgson's side "played well" and were unfortunate to be going out.

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The Portuguese coach said in a column for Yahoo!Sport Saturday that England were unfortunate to lose their Group D games against Italy and Uruguay. Italy’s 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica means England have failed to reach the knock-out stages for the first time since 1958.

Vincent Kompany, captain of Belgium and Premier League champions Manchester City, also expressed regret about England’s exit, which affects his team-mates Joe Hart and James Milner.

Former England manager Fabio Capello, now coach of Russia, said he thought there was “a little bit of injustice” about England’s exit Mourinho said England were “not lucky” in the draw which pitted them with two other former world champions in Italy and Uruguay, and they were also unfortunate in the way the games turned out. “From the best three or four matches in this competition, England was present in two. It means that England did well, played well, competed well,” he said. England “was not afraid of Uruguay, was not afraid of Italy” and came from behind in both matches.

“I think the Gods of football, if you can use that expression, were never with England since the draw until now, until even the Italy match against Costa Rica, where I don’t think many people would think Italy could lose and Italy lost,” he said. “I don’t think England was a happy team, they didn’t have the football Gods on their side. They had two good matches, with good individual performances. “I don’t feel comfortable to criticise England or England’s options because I don’t think they should be ashamed of this situation.” England’s two defeats mean they will now be playing for pride against Costa Rica – who have reached the last 16 – in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. “I wanted them to have a good competition. I am very saddened like the English fans about the exit,” Kompany meanwhile told a news conference in Rio’s Maracana stadium.

Kompany added that he simply could not avoid the English depression because it runs in his family. “My wife is English. I like to believe that my kids are Belgian but my wife thinks they are English as well,” he said. Capello, asked about England at a news conference on the eve of Russia’s match with Belgium in Rio de Janeiro, said: “I don’t like to speak about my past, about teams that have had difficulties and problems. “I do not wish to answer. All I can say is that the figures speak for themselves although there was a little bit of injustice.” Under Capello at the 2010 World Cup, England went out after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the last 16.

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