England vs Italy - recap and analysis
If you'd like to relive the disappointment of defeat in the form of words (don't worry there's some pictures too), read our recap of the match HERE.
Analyzing the Wayne Rooney conundrum, England's best player or impact sub? Read HERE.
The scoreline was a negative, but there was some positives from the match. Find out HERE.
In the post-match press conference, Roy Hodgson has several things to say:
Hodgson: "Joe Hart had a pretty quiet evening really and yet we find ourselves having lost." #ENG #ITA— England (@england) June 15, 2014
Roy: "The only positive I can take is that it was undoubtedly the best I’ve seen the team play during my time with them." #ENG #ITA— England (@england) June 15, 2014
Hodgson: "Of course we can still qualify. I’ve got great confidence that we can do well enough in the next 2 games to qualify." #ENG #ITA— England (@england) June 15, 2014
Chin up lads!
Rooney confident of progress
While he will be (and he is) disappointed with not being able to score England's equalizer, Rooney is hopeful that the team can put a performance against Uruguay and earn all three points.
Steven Gerrard disappointed leaving Manaus empty handed
The skipper thinks that qualifying from group C becomes a "bit more difficult" after the defeat against Italy. However, he was encouraged by England's attacking performance though he also mentioned that they should've been more clinical.
Give Rooney centre forward role
Former England boss, Graham Taylor, thinks that Rooney should be deployed as a centre forward citing "that is his best position".
Former England international, Paul Scholes, also offer the same opinion. He believes that if Rooney is played as a centre forward, "he scores goals".
Quote of the Day
Gary Cahill, referring to the defeat against Italy despite England doing well and playing a good game. Nailed it!
Some kind words
Cesare Prandelli offered some positive comments for England:
"It was an epic match and I feel that England is one of the strongest teams in the World Cup,"
"Until just a few years ago, England relied on long balls but they are now a skilled team with excellent triangular passing."
England team physio, Gary Lewin dislocated his ankle, after celebrating Daniel Sturridge equalizer's, and he was carried off in a stretcher.
Get well soon Gary!
England players lining up against Italy (via England official Instagram)