Hodgson feeling 'devastated'

Roy Hodgson was left ‘devastated’ after England’s 2-1 defeat by Uruguay left his team facing up to elimination from the World Cup at the group phase.

Last Updated: 20/06/14 at 11:21 Post Comment

Roy Hodgson: England coach devastated after Uruguay defeat

Roy Hodgson: England coach devastated after Uruguay defeat

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Luis Suarez headed Uruguay into a half-time lead before Wayne Rooney’s first Word Cup goal drew England level with 15 minutes left.

However, with five minutes to go, Suarez fired home his second goal of the game after his Liverpool team-mate, and England captain, Steven Gerrard had flicked on a long ball.

A second defeat in Group D means that, to stand any chance of reaching the last 16, England must beat Costa Rica in their final group game, and hope Italy also beat the Central American side and Uruguay.

Hodgson could not hide his desperation at the manner of his team's defeat and did not expect to lose after Rooney had equalised.
 
"We are more than disappointed, we're devastated," he said. 

"We believed we could do enough to get a result in this game. Having worked so hard to get back to 1-1 I believed we would go on to win the game or at least draw, so to concede the second goal is an unbelievable blow. I don't really know what to say at this time.

"It was a goal we don't expect to concede. Long goal kicks with the type of players we have in the team, we deal with them.

"I thought we would go on possibly to win the game and certainly I didn't think we would lose the game at that point.

"We had been in control for such a long time. After the first five minutes (of the second half) we got back on track. We've been near their goal so many times, but it doesn't matter how many times you get near the other team's goal, it matters how many times you put it in the back of the net and we haven't done that enough."

Suarez had knee surgery four weeks ago and was an unused substitute during Uruguay’s 3-1 defeat by Costa Rica in their opening group game.

Regarding Suarez’s brace, Hodgson said: "He scored the two goals. The first goal in particular was exceptionally good, Cavani's chip and his pulling away to the back post and the cleverness of his header I thought was really top, top play.

"The second one I thought he was a bit fortunate, but when he got himself through he made no mistake."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Transfer news: Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says it would be 'dream' to join Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says it would be "a dream" to play for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea: Mourinho gives flops silent treatment

Jose Mourinho was so disappointed by Chelsea's defeat to League One Bradford that he dished out the silent treatment.

Sepp Blatter shrugs-off UEFA's challenge to his leadership as 'lacking courage'

Sepp Blatter tells UEFA “they do not have the courage” to sufficiently challenge his leadership at this year's election.

Mail Box

A Massive Mailbox On A Weekend Of Wonder

We unsurprisingly have plenty of mails on a wonderful FA Cup weekend, including thoughts on Palace, Van Gaal, Phil Jones, Chelsea, Mourinho and Yaya Toure...

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

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