SAO PAULO: England manager Roy Hodgson was left shocked by the defeat against Uruguay which left their World Cup fate in the hands of the other teams in Group D.
“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 was 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.
“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.”
England were sunk by two goals from Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Hodgson said: “His 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.”