England's chances of qualifying from the group stages looks slim after Luis Suarez hit the net twice - dashing the Three Lions' hopes in what was a magical night for the Liverpool striker.
England started well, attacking from the go but faded as the first half went on.
Sterling started on left paving way for Rooney to take centre stage in his more favoured No. 10 position. Was this a good move by Roy Hodgson?
After a super Sterling display in England's opening game against Italy, with Raheem shining in the central role, why did Hodgson change the game plan for this particular game?
England's attacking display against the Italians was probably the best style of football we had seen in a long time. The young guns shone brightly and went at the Italian defence with no fear.
Rooney had struggled playing on the left but after last night' s game it appears that Sterling is a more productive player in the No. 10 role. Hodgson has insisted that he has no plans to resign and will continue building on England's new generation of young players coming through the ranks.
"I'm bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don't feel I need to resign, no," added Hodgson. "On the other hand, if the FA think I'm not the right man to do the job, that will be their decision not mine."
Things looked bright after Glen Johnson set Rooney up with an equaliser and England kept pushing forward .Until the mighty Suarez scored his second, showing gaps in the England defence.
Surely Hodgson should have seen this from the first match that England's defence was just simply not up to scratch. Cahill provided some brilliant displays but it was just simply not enough.
England looked sloppy at the back and Gerrard did not look comfortable in his position last night, which resulted in two mistakes leading to the two goals.
Henderson was quiet and him and Gerrard did not seem to bounce off one another and command the central midfield.
Bitterly disappointing and our chances of making it through now lie with Italy beating Costa Rica and Uruguay
With Costa Rico's display against Uruguay,England's world cup dream looks set to be coming to a devastating end.
All in all this was not the same side we saw against Italy; it was as if England had taken a good few steps back.
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