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Gerrard proud of England

England captain Steven Gerrard said he is proud of the performance his team-mates gave on Saturday against Italy.

Last Updated: 15/06/14 at 18:16 Post Comment

Steven Gerrard salutes the England fans after the 2-1 loss to Italy

Steven Gerrard salutes the England fans after the 2-1 loss to Italy

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England’s opening game of the World Cup finished in a 2-1 defeat after an opening goal from Italy's Claudio Marchisio was followed by an almost immediate equaliser from Daniel Sturridge, only for a 50th-minute Mario Balotelli header to win the game for Italy.

However, Liverpool captain Gerrard insisted there are a number of positives to take from the game, despite the loss.

“It’s always disappointing to lose a game but I’m certainly not disappointed in my team-mates with the effort, desire and commitment in the performance we gave," said the England skipper.

“We can’t be down after a performance like that.”

England’s last international campaign ended at Italy’s hands, with Cesare Prandelli’s men winning their quarter-final penalty shootout at Euro 2012 after having had the better of a 0-0 draw.

But Gerrard insists England have progressed a good deal since then.

“We’ve certainly moved on from two years ago,” he said.

“I’m really proud of how we played.”

With a tough game against Uruguay on Thursday, who suffered a shock defeat in their opener against Costa Rica, the only way is up for Gerrard and his team-mates.

“We can turn this mood around,” he said.

“Of course the result hurts but we’re big players – we’re men – we’ve got to get on.”

Gerrard was absolutely woeful vs Italy. Pirlo made him and Henderson look like players from League 1. Especially that moment when Gerrard managed to trip himself up near the referee. It seems to be a habit of his.
- overmars

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