Hodsgon: Defeat a major sadness

2014-06-20 08:04
Roy Hodgson (Supplied)
Roy Hodgson (Supplied)
Cape Town - England manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his disappointment after the Three Lions’ 2-1 loss to Uruguay, but has refused to lay blame for the result.

A brace from Luis Suarez cancelled out Wayne Rooney’s equaliser as England were pushed to the brink of elimination after what was their second defeat in two matches.

Despite dominating the possession stakes, England were unable to contain Suarez and paid the price.

"We have done well enough to get back in the game, could go on to win the game with our dominance but of course they scored the goal,” Hodgson said after the match.

"I am bitterly disappointed. We came with such high hopes and were not able to deliver, a major sadness."

Questions will again be asked about the England defence after Phil Jagielka was beaten in the air for Suarez’s first goal, and then for the second a flick off the head of Steven Gerrard as he attempted to clear the ball played Suarez in from what would have been an off-side position. Despite this Hodgson refused to place blame.

"I don't think anyone let me down, the team down, or the country down," he said.

"We conceded two goals, but didn't concede many other chances at all. I thought we had a lot more possession but they stood firm and we couldn't score."

England are not yet mathematically out of the running for the World Cup, but should Italy and Costa Rica draw on Friday, the Three Lions will be booking their flight home.

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