Rio de Janeoro: England striker Daniel Sturridge believes that his side should draw encouragement from their opening World Cup defeat by Italy as they begin preparations for Thursday's pivotal clash with Uruguay.
37th min: England forward Daniel Sturridge (in white) scores the equaliser against Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus on Saturday. Pic/AFP
"It's important we continue playing the way we did against Italy," said the Liverpool striker, who netted an equaliser for England in Saturday's Group D game in Manaus, only for Mario Balotelli to give Italy a 2-1 win. "I thought we played very well. It was just unfortunate.
There were two very good sides out there, but they got the breaks and we didn't." Another loss to Uruguay in Sao Paulo will jeopardise Roy Hodgson's side's chances of reaching the last 16, but Sturridge feels that their display against Italy proved they are on the right track.
"We played some good football and worked very hard as a team and created a lot of chances. We just lost the game. We're disappointed because we deserved something out of the game, but sometimes you don't get the breaks you want to get."
> Daily Mail wrote: For England this was a strange kind of defeat. England played well but lost. It happens in football and we'll live with it.
> Sunday Times said England had 'lost a battle of age and culture. Italy were a dish too hot for Eng.'
> Daily Telegraph wrote that England 'lost a game but gained some friends'
> La Repubblica wrote: Balotelli was the protagonist and left the field winking to the cameras, throwing kisses to his girlfriend and raising his index finger in front of the nose as it to say 'shut up' to the English.
> La Gazzetta Dello Sport described Italy's win in their opening game against England as 'the antechamber of heaven'.