Players React To Italy Loss
Gary Cahill, Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard have all reacted to our opening day defeat in Group D to Italy.
Starting with Cahill, he described the defeat as being 'cruel' given the performance we put in and the chances that we created, and like Hodgson, he was quick to temper the disappointment by highlighting the positives that we can take from the game.
'We can take a lot of positives from that. I thought we played well. We started the way we wanted to start and we knew they had players who wanted to get on the ball. We started really brightly, did well and there wasn't too much we did wrong. Unfortunately we were on the losing team, but two good teams went at it.'
Cahill knows that obviously whilst there 'wasn't too much' we did wrong, what we did do wrong conspired to give them two goals despite us having a glut of chances ourselves, so if we can take those mistakes out of our next performance, and our attacking play reach those standards but with far more clinical finishing, then we have every chance of racking up the win against Uruguay.
'We had a feeling out there that if we'd scored we could have gone on. We didn't and sometimes it's cruel.'
An impressive midfield performance from Jordan Henderson also got him in front of the media following the game, and he explained.
'What we will do is keep confident, keep believing and look forward to the next game. I felt as though we gave it everything and we worked really well as a team. Going forward, I thought we were brilliant, especially in the first half. I thought we counter attacked really well and obviously got the goal.'
Second half wise, he says that he feels we more than dominated the game and continued to make good chances, that we just couldn't take unfortunately, and Italy did.
Our missed chances were also what played on the mind of skipper Steven Gerrard during his interview.
'It's disappointing because we've put so much into it and we've come away with nothing. No matter the conditions, yes it was very warm, sticky and the pitch was tough, but they're just excuses and at the end of the day Italy were a very good team tonight and we fell a bit short. But we're still not out of this group.'
Gerrard goes on to say that three years ago, England were being criticised for sitting back and effectively being toothless in attack, and he feels that anybody who watched the game will know the players went out their with the desire to entertain, to attack and to win.
'We were unlucky not to get anything out of it. The chances were there and we created them. We've got to look at trying to finish a few more off. But we can't point any fingers because everybody has given absolutely everything.'
Fingers are being rightly pointed, and I would imagine words will have been said privately amongst the camp, both positive and negative after the game - it's for everyone else to air them publicly, but Gerrard is right in terms of how we approached the game, and tried to attack, and it made for a lot better viewing.
Now a touch more luck in front of goal, and more composure and that game could've well been different.
'The effort, the desire, commitment was there - it's just maybe a little bit of quality in the final third.'
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