England has crashed out of the World Cup in Brazil after a defeat to Uruguay in Sao Paulo. The English lost to two Luis Suarez goals either side of half time. The Liverpool striker broke hearts as he scored with less than ten minutes left, just moments after Wayne Rooney had got England back into the game with an equalizer, and his first goal in the World Cup. Mathematically, England are still in the tournament, but they would need a series of crazy result to stay alive.
Here’s how it went down in Sao Paulo.
Luis Suarez Was Supposed to be Injured
He may have been, but it didn’t seem too bad. The Liverpool strike didn’t play any part against Costa Rica in Uruguay’s first game (and defeat). And didn’t do much in this game, except score twice. Which is all that counts.
Here’s what he looked like just a few weeks ago:
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Wayne Rooney Got His First England World Cup Goal
Wayne Rooney finally scored a goal in the World Cup finals. Like Suarez though, Rooney didn’t do too much in the rest of the game. He had another chance after half time to make it 1-1 but hit a close-range shot straight at the keeper. Not to mention his point blank header that hit the crossbar.
The Future is Bright For England
At Least England Didn’t Lose on Penalties
Like the 2010 World Cup, England has gone out of the World Cup on the pitch, not on penalty kicks. The team, and coach Roy Hodgson, if he survives, has to look more at the style of play than anything else. The evolution of Wayne Rooney may never happen now. It didn’t happen at this tournament, his supposed prime.
Rooney proved himself to be tactically not-as-good as many of his peers. Against Italy, when Rooney was moved into the main striker role, he repeatedly drifted into deeper positions to pick up the ball. A truly disciplined, tactically aware striker needs to know that sometimes the best work he does can be off the ball.