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Should Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard remain in the England set-up? (©GettyImages)
Should Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard remain in the England set-up? (©GettyImages).

Costa Rica went into a group which included Uruguay, Italy and England and were seen as the whipping boys.

They had different ideas, however, and basically gave a visual demonstration of the underdog effect thrashing Uruguay 3-1 and then going onto to beat a cocky Italy team 1-0, before drawing against a lacklustre England side.

Now Costa Rica find themselves in their first ever World Cup quarter-final against the good-looking Netherlands team, whereas the England squad are now back at home hopefully preparing for the new season after showing an embarrassing display of football (or so we call it) in Brazil last month.

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The fans didn't go into this World Cup with the ambitions of winning it or even getting past the last 16, but after seeing how poor Italy were in their warm-up fixtures and how below average Uruguay were against Costa Rica, the fans started to believe that our boys could actually go out there and get the results to proceed further.

But no, us fans faced further disappointment after defensive howlers and lack of attacking precision cost us our place in the tournament. With shoddy displays from our more experienced players such as Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard, it was always going to be difficult.

Also, having a lack of defensive-minded fullbacks such as Ashley Cole put us under real pressure against the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Luis Suárez.

England's tactical faults were the reason for why they aren't playing against Holland or Brazil this weekend. The quality of the players wasn't the problem because we have some very talented young players there such as Jack Wilshere, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Jordan Henderson.

It was the things like playing two holding midfielders against Uruguay when we need a win at all costs to put our knock-out phase dreams back on track. And also moving players such as Sterling out of position after he has a terrific game against Italy in order to accommodate Rooney.

What now for Hodgson?

I wouldn't say Roy Hodgson needs to be sacked, I just feel he needs a kick-up the backside from the FA telling him to change his tactics and strategies to more attacking and goal-getting, winning formations to strike fear into our opponents.

This should have been the same for Andre Villas-Boas at Spurs where Daniel Levy should have told him to alternate his wingers to benefit Roberto Soldado but instead they got rid of him.

Hodgson has already been told he will still have his job after this world cup campaign ends and just like with Arsene Wenger, there must now be a change under his new tenure as manager. 

One method would be to axe anyone 30 or over in the England squad so we would say good-bye to Gerrard, Lampard, Lambert and Jagielka. This will give Roy better chances to improve the youth at the international level.

With Jagielka gone, this'll give a great opportunity for the likes of Phil Jones, Steven Caulker and John Stones to step up and be Gary Cahill's new partner in crime.

Faith in youth

With a young, fresh and exciting team, Hodgson can implement a much more attacking philosophy in the England squad e.g. a 4-3-3 formation. Playing two holding midfielders is what I believe was at the core of England's problems going forward and it especially didn't help when our leader, Gerrard had a miserable tournament. 

A midfield consisting of Henderson, Wilshere and Barkley/Lallana with Henderson in the centre of the three could be something very dangerous in a few years time with all these players playing the same explosive, quick passing game. 

Also, an attack with Walcott on the right, Sterling on the left but moving into the 10 role at times with Sturridge at centre forward promises a lot of pace and getting behind defences. When Walcott is fully fit again, I would love to see this happen. 

If Hodgson wants to still keep his managerial job in the long run, then he has to make tactical changes fast, otherwise the fans will certainly be seeing more disappointment at Euro 2016 (that is if we even make it). 

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