England vs Uruguay World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson 'devastated' after defeat in Sao Paulo

Three Lions boss believed England would go on to win after equalising

Tom Sheen
Thursday 19 June 2014 23:30
Roy Hodgson sits in the dugout during the Uruguay game
Roy Hodgson sits in the dugout during the Uruguay game

England manager Roy Hodgson spoke of his "major sadness" in the wake of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Uruguay that leaves the Three Lions with a mountain to climb.

The England manager saw his team go down to two Luis Suarez goals that means his team must rely on Italy winning both of their matches, and England beating Costa Rica, to qualify.

Speaking after the defeat, Hodgson said: "We're devestated. Having got to 1-1, I fully believed we would go on to win or at least draw.

"We had been in control for such a long time."

After Suarez's first half header England huffed and puffed but failed to create any real chances.

But with 15 minutes remaining, Wayne Rooney finally broke his World Cup duclk, tapping in a Glen Johnson cross from close range.


But the killer blow came, a little under 10 minutes later when Suarez raced through on goal to lash the winner past Joe Hart.

"To concede the second goal is an unbelievable blow. On both occasions we haven't done enough.

"I think in both games we have shown elements of playing good football.

"Results means everything. The results have been negative."

Hodgson added: "Where does it leave us? I don’t know. I don’t quite know.

"I am bitterly disappointed. We came with such high hopes and were not able to deliver, a major sadness."

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