Two moments of individual brilliance from enemy number one, Luis Suarez, saw England succumb to a second World Cup defeat against Uruguay last night.
The 2-1 loss all but consigns England to elimination at the group stages, as The Three Lions hopes hinge on Italy securing wins over both Costa Rica and Uruguay with a win against Costa Rica essential in their final Group D encounter.
Here we assess the performances of the player on both sides.
Fernando Muslera: Can't attribute any of the blame for England's goal and remained dominant and alert to danger. Made an excellent point-blank save from Rooney. 7.
Martin Caceres: Following his start on the left of back four, the Juventus man reverted to a familiar right back position he often plays for club and still looked uncomfortable there. Good in possession and often assertive, but struggled against pace and caught ball-watching for Rooney's goal. 5.
Jose Gimenez: The inexperienced Atletico starlet struggled to assert himself on the game at first and almost allowed Sturridge an early chance on goal after getting too tight. Recovered well and proved quite reliable as he won many aerial duels and played on the front foot. Showed his ability, but was often too raw and susceptible. 6.
Diego Godin: The Uruguay captain was fortunate not to be dismissed after half an hour, following a yellow card after denying a through ball from Sturridge with his hand and then holding back the England forward when well beaten following a quick one-two. Struggled to cope with a vibrant Sturridge and culpable for the equaliser, but was still often the last line of defence. 5.
Alvaro Pereira: Battled admirably, particularly after taking a knee to the temple and won plenty of aerial duels. Struggled when isolated one-on-one with Sterling however and often caught out of position. 5.
Alvaro Gonzalez: Like Rodriguez on the other side of the diamond, Gonzalez's main contribution was his defensive work and supporting Caceres dilligently. Solid performer. 6.
Nicolas Lodeiro: La Celeste struggled to find any joy in between the lines against Costa Rica, as Cavani was very isolated. Provided that link between the midfield and attack, as deployed as the tip of midfield, combined well and had a hand in the opener. 6.
Egidio Arevalo: The combative midfielder performed remarkably on Rooney in the first half, pressing high and getting tight on his man at every opportunity and didn't allow the forward to settle into any kind of rhythm. Often undone by a clever touch and poor in the challenge, but still a very dogged display. 7.
Christian Rodriguez: Playing on the left of a diamond, the Atletico winger worked industriously, if not providing much of a threat in the opposing half. His most telling chance was when Jagielka sliced a clearance straight at the Uruguayans feet and he could only sky wide. 6.
Edinson Cavani: The PSG frontman was unable to really impose himself on the game at times, but still showed glimpses after latching onto deep cross from Suarez and narrowly firing over. However, he provided the outstanding cross and assist for the opener. Worked extremely hard and his knock on found Suarez for the Uruguayans second of the match. 7.
Luis Suarez: Despite not being at 100% fitness, Uruguay's talisman provided the games moment of individual brilliance to guide a well-cushioned header beyond a helpless Joe Hart. Provided a constant headache for Cahill who was wary of pushing up or dropping off. Scored a superb winner to complete a breathtaking performance. 8.
Cristhian Stuani: Brought on to support Caceres on the right. Helped the team. 5.
Jorge Fucile: A bit suspect following his introduction. 5.
Sebastian Coates: Subbed on to see out Uruguay's win. N/A.
Joe Hart: Almost caught out on his near post on two occasions from Suarez's improvised corner kicks, bringing his positioning into question yet again. Didn't close off the angle well enough for Suarez's winner. 5.
Glen Johnson: The much-maligned fullback remained unconvincing in his defensive duties and stood off his attacker far too often. Aerial balls remain a huge issue for the defender, but he did provide the equalising assist after good work on the right. 6.
Gary Cahill: Like his English compatriots, the Chelsea defender struggled to contain the threat of Suarez in the first half, by not getting tight and dropping off at the correct times. Imperious performance in the second half and was key performer in an otherwise poor defence. 7.
Phil Jagielka: The warning signs were apparent from the early openings for the Everton man, as he proved to very uncomfortable in possession and made a poor clearance to the onrushing Rodriguez. It was the defender's high press which culminated in Suarez's winner, while also being caught out from not tracking Suarez's run for the 1st. 5.
Leighton Baines: The England left back's voice and mental aptitude has come into question and many of those questions appeared justified in the first half. The Everton man was unable to offer any attacking threat, although that greatly improved in the second half. Still, very timid and overawed too often. 5.
Jordan Henderson: Better than his Liverpool and England teammate Gerrard in midfield and at least displayed his youthful exuberance and energy to combat the Uruguay midfield, while also being quite assured in possession, if not spectacular and penetrative with the ball. 6.
Steven Gerrard: An evening to forget for the England skipper, as he was culpable for both Suarez's goals and struggled to assert any control in midfield and find his passing range consistently. Bypassed too easily in midfield - a common theme - for Uruguay's opener and then his header could only find grateful Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez through on goal. 4.
Raheem Sterling: Manager Hodgson's one change for the line-up against Uruguay was simply a tactical switch with Sterling deployed wide and not centrally and that change was telling. Unable to influence the game in the final third, but still showed his quality sporadically and won most battles when isolated with Pereria. Subbed off on the hour mark. 6.
Wayne Rooney: The often scrutinised Manchester United forward had an indifferent game, as he struggled to link the midfield with attack and provide a passing option for Henderson and Gerrard, but proved a far greater threat than against Italy going close on three occasions before securing his first goal in the World Cup finals. 7.
Danny Welbeck: His pace in behind proved to be a real threat against the Italians, but the forward player could only showcase that on a few occasions and yet again, his output and instinct in the box must come into question. Often poor in tight areas. 5.
Daniel Sturridge: Very dangerous performance from the star striker despite not adding to his World Cup tally. Showed plenty of deft touches and ingenuity with his hold up play. A constant menace if peeling wide or staying centrally on Gimenez or Godin. 7.
Ross Barkley: Provided a spark for England and provide plenty of energy following a lacklustre start after the interval. 6.
Adam Lallana: Unable to create anything in the final third. 5.
Rickie Lambert: Chucked on in search of a late equaliser. N/A.
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