England vs Uruguay comment World Cup 2014: Further dejection for Steven Gerrard as Luis Suarez outshines his Liverpool team-mate

Suarez struck two brilliant goals just weeks after knee surgery

Sao Paulo

The last time Steven Gerrard had worn such a despondent look was when he slipped over at Anfield and watched Demba Ba skip off toward goal, all but taking the Premier League trophy with him.

Then, Suarez’s face was much the same. But, the sadness of Suarez’s club captain wasn’t weighing on his mind as he slapped his second goal of the match past Joe Hart and wheeled away before collapsing on his knees in front of the Uruguay fans. Incredibly, one of those knees had been operated on just four weeks ago. Suarez, who had not played a competitive match since 11 May against Newcastle United in Liverpool’s final game of the season, showed no signs of rustiness, just that dead-eyed precision for where the opponent’s goal is.

Read more: Match report - Suarez puts England on the brink
Don't worry England can still reach the second round
Five things we learnt from England's defeat
Roy Hodgson 'devastated' by loss to Uruguay
Player ratings - Three Lions fail big test

Gerrard had promised there would be no interaction between him and his “really good friend” Suarez in the hours before kick off here.

And it was a pledge that extended almost right the way through the 90 minutes, in a match that will mean a lot to both men’s careers, but probably not to their friendship.

Before the game, England’s captain lined up at the very front of the tunnel, Suarez at the very back. For the anthems they could not have been further apart. Suarez again at the very far end of the Uruguayan line, Gerrard in the captain’s position at the front of his.

In the opening minutes, England’s captain fired several of his trademark low balls from deep, showing signs that he would, eventually, open up the Uruguayan defence just as their coach Oscar Tabarez had feared he would.

Usually, it is the looping runs of Suarez with which such balls connect. The Uruguayan lurked behind his friend as he did so, staring at the back of his shirt, hoping for a mistake.

In the seventh minute Suarez clattered into Gerrard, knocking him to the ground, but it was innocuous stuff.

On 30 minutes, an error came. The England captain was unlucky as the ball ricocheted seemingly right through him as the Uruguayan moved the ball up the centre of the pitch and into feet off Edinson Cavani. Suarez wheeled away and suddenly, almost for the first time, it was Gerrard looking at his friend’s back, as he headed home, over Joe Hart’s head and in to the England net after a perfect ball by Edinson Cavani. Suarez lashes home Uruguay's winner with just five minutes remaining

As Suarez sunk to the ground Gerrard moved determinedly back towards the centre circle.

One might have expected a little more interaction, but the England captain was not at his best. Suarez, in fact, was relatively quiet, save for the two explosive moments that decided the match.

At the final whistle Suarez, who had come off shortly before the end no doubt with Uruguay’s final group match against Italy in mind, was hoisted into the air by his team-mates in celebration. After wallowing in the glory he sought out a disconsolate and inconsolable Gerrard.

Read more: LIVE - Uruguay vs England as it happened
Even Wayne Rooney can't save England who suffer a gulf in class

He ruffled his Liverpool captain’s hair before embracing him. Gerrard did not seem to want to know, lost in his own despair at the all too real prospect of another – and in all likelihood his last – international tournament slipping by with nothing but pain and disappointment to mark it by.

Gerrard was part of England’s ill-Christened “Golden Generation” but his international career has been far from glittering, just one studded with failure.

Although both men missed out on the Premier League title Suarez has the golden boot, both Player of the Year Awards, and now this. Gerrard just has another sad chapter in what, in the end, must be quite a depressing near culmination to an extraordinary career.

It’s not over, of course. England may yet go through and Uruguay out. Italy and Costa Rica to come are different prospects. But it will certainly be this game, round which the jokes on the Liverpool training pitch are likely to revolve. Although how funny Gerrard will find them is up for debate.

Sport
football This was Kane’s night, even if he played just a small part of it
Travel
travel Dreamland Margate, Britain’s oldest amusement park, is set to reopen
News
news
News
Founders James Brown and Tim Southwell with a mock-up of the first ever ‘Loaded’ magazine in 1994
media
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Threlfall says: 'I am a guardian of the reality keys. I think I drive directors nuts'
people
Voices
voices The group has just unveiled a billion dollar plan to help nurse the British countryside back to health
News
The Westgate, a gay pub in the centre of Gloucester which played host to drag queens, has closed
news
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss