Gerrard 'clutching at straws'

Steven Gerrard admits England now find themselves 'clutching at straws' to avoid a World Cup group stage exit.

Last Updated: 20/06/14 at 19:08 Post Comment

Steven Gerrard: England captain admits the team is now 'clutching at straws'

Steven Gerrard: England captain admits the team is now 'clutching at straws'

Gerrard’s Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez scored twice to condemn England to a second successive 2-1 defeat and they could be eliminated from the tournament as early as on Friday night if Italy fail to beat Costa Rica.

The Azzurri beat England on Saturday night but while Gerrard has first-hand knowledge of their powers, he concedes relying on them to win their next two games is not the position in which the national side wanted to be.

"Italy are a fantastic team and capable of winning both games but we're clutching at straws," the Three Lions captain said.

"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."

Even if Italy do beat Costa Rica, progression will still be out of England's hands because they would then need Uruguay to lose to the Italians and win their final game against Costa Rica.

Their failure to take something from the contest with Uruguay – Suarez scored the winner five minutes from full-time – was a result of their inability to ‘manage the game’.

"It is frustrating," the skipper said. "We never managed the game well enough when we got the equaliser.

"We can't give chances to Luis Suarez because he buries them from that position.

"It's a really tough moment for everyone in the dressing room but we need to be professional, keep fighting and pray for that scoreline to go for us.

"(We are) sort of frustrated because looking at the two games and how we have performed we sort of deserve something out of either one of them if not both of them.

"I don't think I am standing here saying we were poor in both games and our gameplan was wrong.

"I just thought when we got the equaliser today we just needed to be a bit more clever, a bit more cute and a bit more difficult to beat.

"Maybe accept that going for a point might have been the best option. But they were weak at the back and they were there for the taking. Once we got the equaliser we tried to use the initiative to get the second."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling will not resume Liverpool contract talks until the summer

Raheem Sterling has confirmed that he will not resume talks over a new contract with Liverpool until the summer.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane wants to play for England U21s at European Championship says Roy Hodgson

Harry Kane wants to "finish the job" and go to the European U21 Championship this summer, according to Roy Hodgson.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila keen on new loan for Jason Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will try to persuade Jason Denayer and Manchester City to extend the centre-back's loan.

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company