England’s chances of reaching the knockout stage of the World Cup are “unbelievably slim” following a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay, manager Roy Hodgson has said.
Two goals from Luis Suarez, who started for Uruguay after returning from knee surgery, meant defeat for England in the crucial Group D match.
A disappointed Hodgson said his team controlled Suarez for much of the game, only for the Liverpool player to produce two moments of ruthlessness to give Uruguay the win.
“Our chances are unbelievably slim,” he said.
“We depend on Italy winning their next two matches and us beating Costa Rica by the requisite number of goals. To continue, we needed a result today. We needed a victory and we didn’t get it.
“I think that in both games we’ve shown some elements of playing some good football and we’ve shown we are a team making progress.
“But results decide everything and both results have been negative.”
Uruguay took the lead in the 38th minute as Suarez scored from a header. England’s goal came in the 75th minute when Glen Johnson sent the ball across goal for Wayne Rooney to score… see more