Search

World Cup blog: England’s dreadful defence toils again as Suarez strikes

22:30 19 June 2014

Uruguay

Uruguay's Luis Suarez (centre) celebrates scoring the opening goal. Picture: PA

PA Wire

England’s defensive frailties were exposed again as Luis Suarez scored a devastating double to leave the Three Lions’ World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.

England's Phil Jagielka, Steven Gerrard and Leighton Baines (left to right) stand dejected after Uruguay's second goal. Picture: PAEngland's Phil Jagielka, Steven Gerrard and Leighton Baines (left to right) stand dejected after Uruguay's second goal. Picture: PA

Suarez (it had to be him, didn’t it?) capitalised on woeful marking to open the scoring with a looping header in the first half, and although Wayne Rooney pulled England level with his first World Cup goal in the 75th minute, the brilliant Liverpool striker pounced on a Steven Gerrard error to break England’s hearts in the closing stages.

Roy Hodgson’s men failed to match the attacking verve they showed in the unfortunate 2-1 defeat to Italy, but more costly was their inability to improve at the back.

Captain Steven Gerrard will be blamed for his missed header in the build-up to Suarez’s winning goal, but England’s real problems in Brazil are to be found in their shaky defence.

Prior to the World Cup, Hodgson’s side were unbeaten in the 12 games centre-backs Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka had played together, but the pair have struggled badly on the big stage.

Suarez celebrates his second. Picture: PASuarez celebrates his second. Picture: PA

After Chelsea’s Cahill was caught so badly out of position for Mario Balotelli’s winner in Manaus, it was Everton man Jagielka who failed to track Suarez before his headed opener. For Suarez’s second, meanwhile, England’s defenders were nowhere to be seen after Gerrard failed to cut out the danger in midfield. With Suarez in lethal form, such basic errors cannot be forgiven.

In Leighton Baines, Cahill, Jagielka and Glen Johnson, England posses four able defenders, but their relative international inexperience has proved costly, and the exclusion of Ashley Cole looks all the more baffling now. Hodgson could surely have used a cool head amidst the mayhem.

England’s attacking display against Italy provided real hope that this time it could be different, but expectation was drained during a disjointed, nervy performance in Sao Paulo.

England did create chances, with Rooney and Daniel Sturridge both guilty of misses, but Uruguay looked dangerous whenever they crossed the halfway line, and Suarez made no mistake when the chances presented themselves.

England fans are left dejected. Picture: PAEngland fans are left dejected. Picture: PA

Hodgson will try to rally his troops for the final game against Costa Rica, but their fate is now out of their hands. While Hodgson’s new-look side has showed promise in some areas, they still look a long way from competing against top opposition.

Youth is on their side, but in the short-term, this World Cup is already looking disastrous.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Ashley Chambers of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Carlisle United (pic:Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

George Sessions provides player ratings following the 4-2 victory over Carlisle United

Leyton Orient's Chris Dagnall (hidden) is mobbed after scoring the second goal in their 4-1 win over Crewe Alexandra on Saturday. Pic: Simon O'Connor

O’s striker relieved to end long wait for first home victory of the season.

Yesterday, 11:24

Our West Ham blogger sees plenty of positives in defeat at Everton

Yesterday, 08:20
Mark Parker of Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ryman North: Harlow 4 Redbridge 0; Barkingside 0 Thamesmead 2

Most read sport

The new legislation is being backed up by an anti-terrorism awareness drive by police forces nationwide.

More than 170,000 tweets have been posted in the last three days using the hashtag #CameronMustGo.

Computer firm Symantec discover malware so sophisticated, they say it suggests government involvement.

The tragic police shooting of a boy in Cleveland prompts state legislators in Ohio to consider new laws for replica guns.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition