Gerrard warns the young guns before key Uruguay clash
Steven Gerrard has warned England’s young players that there is “no hiding place” for a team that comes home early from the World Cup finals on the eve of the make-or-break tie with Uruguay today.
The England captain spoke to the squad on Sunday after the loss to Italy, and reminded them that while they had performed well, they could not lose to Uruguay.
Gerrard and vice-captain Frank Lampard were invited to speak by manager Roy Hodgson after the squad debriefing. Gerrard told his team-mates they did not want the experience of going home early.
Gerrard said: “Going into this game, they have to realise it could be a terribly long, frustrating summer if we don’t get it right [against Uruguay]. There is no hiding place for a player when you go out of a tournament.” MORE
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