After a harrowing 2-1 defeat to Luis Suarez's Uruguay, England need to regroup and consider a change in tactics
After a lacklustre performance from England last night, they are now staring World Cup elimination right in the face. This being the first time they may fail to qualify from the group stage of a World Cup since 1958. Thats a run of 13 successive World Cups where England have qualified from their group.
Unfortunately the finger can be pointed at England captain, Steven Gerrard for both goals last night. He of all people doesn't need to be told what happens when you give Luis Suarez a half chance. His performances in both group games have been under par which questions should he even have been on the pitch in the first place?
Gerrard simply doesn't have it left in the tank
After a stellar season with Liverpool, many England's fans hopes lay on the wide shoulders of the inspirational captain Steven Gerrard but unfortunately it seems a combination of age, a long season and tough weather conditions proved to be his undoing.
Roy Hodgson obviously wants to remain loyal to his captain but on the pitch last night, Gerrard was an obvious liability. The role of holding midfielder capable of distribution should of been handed to a younger member of the team such as Wilshere or Barkley who would of had that extra spring in their step.
On paper England are a match for almost any team at the tournament
England's failure to achieve on an international stage is down to the expectation placed on them by the nation. The players on the team provide such a high standard of football in the Premier League on a weekly basis and one should wonder why they can't recreate this form in Brazil. Off the back of a very long season most of the players on the team could of played over 40 games and could be jaded coming into the tournament but the same could be said for the majority of players on all the other teams.
So what is it that prevents England from achieving their potential? Hodgson would certainly have to look at his selection after the first two group games where he made obvious mistakes such as the selection of Welbeck when the bench was flooded with alternative talent and even question the selection of Steven Gerrard.
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