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Gerrard gutted by defeat

2014-06-20 11:08
Steven Gerrard (Supplied)
Steven Gerrard (Supplied)
Cape Town - England captain Steven Gerrard admits he is devastated to have let their World Cup fate fall out of their own hands following Thursday's 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.

The Three Lions began the 2014 World Cup with a 2-1 loss to Italy last weekend, and suffered the same fate against their South American opposition this week as Luis Suarez fired home a brace either side of Wayne Rooney's temporary equaliser.

The result now leaves Roy Hodgson's men needing the Italians to beat Costa Rica on Friday and then Uruguay in the final Group D game next week, while England must also dispatch the Costa Ricans in their group finale to have any hope of progressing to the last-16.

"Italy are a fantastic team and capable of winning both games but we're clutching at straws," said Gerrard, who had inadvertently flicked the ball into Suarez's path for Uruguay's 85th-minute winner.

"The position we're in is the position we didn't want to be in coming into the tournament, relying on other people's results. It's very difficult at the moment.

"We'll have to wait and see what happens in tomorrow's fixture. The manager will have to wait and see what happens before deciding what he is going to do.

"If there's nothing to play for then I don't know if he'll play a completely different team. But it's a very tough moment, at this moment."

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