England vs Uruguay World Cup 2014: Reaction to defeat

Two defeats for the Three Lions leave them on verge of World Cup exit

Former England winger Chris Waddle turned on the culture of the Premier League after watching the Three Lions fall to the brink of World Cup exit.

A 2-1 loss to Uruguay means the odds are stacked against Roy Hodgson's men and an early trip home now seems inevitable. It could be confirmed later today.

Only extreme favours from elsewhere can save them now and Waddle, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, was in no mood to make excuses.

Focussing on the impact he feels the Premier League - and its foreign players - has on the side he won 62 caps for, he said: "I'm not angry, I'm just fed up of talking about the same old problems.

"I'll tell you what the biggest problem is when you think about it all - the Premier League. They have a product which they sell around the world. It's entertaining but it's doing our players no good whatsoever.

"This (England) is a Premier League side playing tonight which is meant to be the best league in the world. You're not telling me all those Uruguayan players would get in many teams around the world, apart from (Luis) Suarez who was only 75 per cent fit. (Edinson) Cavani, possibly. Apart from that, who else is there?"

 

The former Sheffield Wendesday man went on to add that he feels it is players like two-goal Suarez who makes the Premier League what it is.

"We go on banging the drum that we've got this and that.. Do you know what makes the Premier League exciting? Players like Luis Suarez - the foreign players," he said.

"We hype our players up massively like we always do, say we've got this and that.

"Look at their (Uruguay's) back four tonight. The kid at centre-half (Jose Maria Giminez) he's played two games for Atletico Madrid, he's not had a cap, but they know how to win games.

"The difference between Premier League football and international football is how to win a football match. It's not about picking your star players, he plays for Liverpool, he plays for Man U, it's about getting a balance in the side to get a result and we never, ever do."

 

Wayne Rooney silenced his critics with England's goal back in his favoured central role, but Waddle believes the media influence England selection too much.

"The media is to blame as much as anyone else as when we drop someone or play someone out of position, we're on the case asking 'why, why, why?'.

Wayne Rooney ended a 760 minute wait for a World Cup goal "Other countries say 'I've got good players but unfortunately so and so is going to sit on the bench'.

"Until we get into that way of thinking... How do you win matches? You start from the back, get organised. Then, if you have two or three creative players, build a side around certain players. Then you get balance. It's not about wanting the best 11 players of the best 11 flair players, but we never, ever, ever learn."

Former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino felt the loss occurred partly due to the lack of a commanding centre-half.

Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka received criticism for failing to get to grips with Suarez and Cascarino believes that former captain John Terry would have been a better selection.

Writing in the Times, he said: "I don't want to keep banging on about John Terry, but Chelsea's captain would never have been caught like that; he would never have been suckered into that static position where you get caught by the man behind the ball and then, suddenly, the ball is in the net.

Harry Redknapp, who some wanted as manager instead of Hodgson, told the Sun he did not consider England's defence to be at fault.

He said: "The defence was solid - we just got done by a superb pass and with a fantastic header. These things happen at the highest level.

Former England striker Stan Collymore has called on captain Steven Gerrard to retire from the international game.

Gerrard made errors in the build-up to the two Suarez goals and the night capped a disappointing end of the season for the Liverpool man after his club side's title collapse.

"Steven Gerrard has been a wonderful servant to Liverpool football club and for England," Collymore said on talkSPORT.

"We remember the Germany performance, the 5-1, and he has drove (sic) our midfield ever since he came into the side at the 2000 European Championship.

"But, for me now, I think he needs to look at himself and say perhaps he wants to extend his club career and retire from the England national scene."

Stuart Pearce - a former England player and manager - believes more care and attention needs to be shown to the under-age sides.

The former England under-21 coach knows from experience that all eligible players are not always sent to tournaments.

"What tends to happen every two years is we get emotionally very highly charged when we go out of a competition like today," the Nottingham Forest manager said on talkSPORT.

"But the clues are in the two years in between. At all the youth levels we fail to send our best players to tournaments and we fail to give them experience at tournament football and we hope it will all come right on the big stage every two years.

"I hear it every two years. We have to start loading up squads that go to tournaments that know what it's like to win together at these younger age groups because all the rest in the world do."

Ex-England midfielder Ray Wilkins reckons there have been improvements since the misery of Euro 2012.

"In times gone by the problem has been we never had possession. We had two thirds last night and we have improved, no doubt," he told Sky Sports News.

"But defensively we are struggling. When Suarez pulled off Jagielka's shoulder, Leighton Baines should have got back with him."

Wilkins also believes Rooney comes in for too much criticism, saying: "I think we've been too harsh on the Rooney factor. Wayne is so generous that he's prepared to play anywhere. If you put him at left-back, he will play there. That's how he is."

Hodgson's position is unlikely to come under too much threat and if it does, Redknapp, along with former striker Alan Shearer, wants him to stay.

"He couldn't have done any more, he prepared the team well and got a good camp," Redknapp told the BBC.

Shearer added on the same network: "I think he should be given the opportunity to take England to the Euros in two years. We have to see the likes of (Luke) Shaw, (Raheem) Sterling, Ross (Barkley), these guys.

"Everyone wanted to see the kids given a chance and he went and tried to win the game against Italy. He should be given the chance to finish what he started."

PA

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