England may have failed to qualify from Group D, but the performances against Italy and Uruguay can be looked at in a positive light, as on both occasions the Three Lions could feel hard done by to not have got anything from the two games.
England's first game against Italy, in Manaus, showed how an experienced spine, coupled with youthful exuberance from players such as Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley, could create chances and make the Azzurri play on the back-foot for the majority of the game.
ENGLAND CONCEDED POOR GOALS
The two goals that England conceded, were from lapses in concentration, and admittedly a moment of genius when veteran Andrea Pirlo dummied the ball for an oncoming Claudio Marchisio to strike into the bottom left-hand corner of Joe Hart's net. However, apart from those two goal scoring occasions, England had the better chances and with more clinical finishing could have won the game.
The game against Uruguay fell into the same pattern, however instead of having Andrea Pirlo's experience and class, it was a star striker the England players know all too well, Luis Suarez. Again, England had an experienced core mixed in with younger players, and chances were again created.
The story from Manaus was repeated, as England did not finish their chances clinically, Wayne Rooney had two or three huge chances before he finally got his first World Cup goal. If Rooney had converted the previous chances, it would have been hard to see anything else but an England win and a good performance from the team.
YOUTHFUL TALENT BODES WELL FOR FUTURE
Another set of positives to draw from England's opening two fixtures are from the youngsters Roy Hodgson decided to include in his 23-man-squad.
The fearless attitude of Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana, with Ross Barkley coming off of the bench worried the ageing defences of Italy and Uruguay showing how the future of English football looks bright.
THERE'S HOPE FOR 2016
Brazil 2014 may have been a disappointment to many England fans, but it has gave us a glimpse of the next generation, who performed very well, and just didn't have the cutting edge to finish the chances they created, which would have seen us progress into the knockout stages.
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