England captain Steven Gerrard retired from international football on Monday after becoming a pillar of the team in 114 appearances, but making way after the country’s disastrous World Cup campaign.
Costa Rica finished first in what many considered the World Cup’s toughest group after a dour 0-0 draw against a second-string England side Tuesday.
The battle to avoid joining the likes of Spain and England on the World Cup scrapheap begins in earnest on Monday as the final round of first phase fixtures kicks off with Brazil bidding to book their place in the last 16.
No excuses. No one to blame but themselves. Feeble defending has left little hope for England at the World Cup.
Luis Suarez made a sensational return to action by scoring a brace to lift Uruguay past England with a 2-1 victory at the World Cup in Sao Paulo on Thursday.
Liverpool will start its preseason tour next month with a friendly game in Denmark against Brondby.
England’s physiotherapist required treatment himself after being injured while celebrating a goal during Saturday’s World Cup game against Italy.
Mario Balotelli scored with a second-half header Saturday to give Italy a 2-1 win over England at the World Cup.
Daniel Sturridge scored an equalizer for England two minutes after Claudio Marchisio had given Italy the lead to leave the two teams drawing 1-1 at halftime on Saturday in Group D at the World Cup.
The pressure is all on France to beat Honduras in their opening World Cup match on Sunday, and coach Didier Deschamps hopes his relatively inexperienced squad is mature enough to handle the expectation level.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was being treated for a minor ankle injury ahead of the team’s World Cup opener against England on Saturday, handing the four-time champion another defensive headache.
One thing is for certain when England plays Italy in Manaus on Saturday — there will be plenty of World Cup newcomers on the field.
In an instant, with one blunder, a goalkeeper can go from world class to calamitous. England’s Joe Hart knows that only too well.