A not 100% fit Luis Suarez shattered the dreams of the English. Uruguay beat England 2-1. After losing to Italy this was basically a do or die game for the Three Lions. The big problem for Roy Hodgson’s men was and obviously still is their defense. The central defenders Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill haven’t fit the billing as World Class defenders, ready to take on the best strikers in the game. World Class. Thats a word that been resonating throughout this tournament. Are you up to the task or not? Can the players who perform so well at a club level, come to the party for their country? At the ultimate tournament? World Class. It wasn’t just lacking from the English defense, but from the front line too. While youngsters like Raheem Sterling have showed so much potential (he is going to be big for England in the coming years) Wayne Rooney was an obvious disappointment, despite scoring his first World Cup goal. I have always backed Rooney to do well with England, despite being a Liverpool supporter. But not even I can deny that he has been disappointing. He had a string of chances to score more than one but he couldn’t live up to his “goal poacher” tag. On the other side, Luis Suarez proved that he is World Class. Let’s forget hand ball goals and biting for a second. Without him, Uruguay were given a shock against Costa Rica. But when needed, he came to the party for his team, on either side of Wayne Rooney’s equalizer.
England are now out of the World Cup after after Costa Rica beat Italy, a group stage exit for the first time in 56 years. Its back to the drawing board for the Three Lions. With talent like Sterling, Daniel Sturridge & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bubbling at the rim, theres reason to believe that theres something better waiting for this team. Especially after the effort they put up against Italy. Here are some areas that I believe they can improve on before EURO 2016:
Tighten the defense. Johnson, Cahill & Jagielka were alright, but haven’t reached the level of Terry, Cole and Ferdinand.
Its time for some old guns to bow out. Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Glen Johnson (to name a few) need to make way for the newbies.
Cultivate their talent, withing their own league. The EPL is the most popular in the World, but its mostly lit up by foreign stars. Its time to give English players more playing time and experience.
Keep Roy Hodgson. Being the Three Lions manager is probably one of the toughest jobs in the World. The man’s got a plan, and bold moves like playing a fairly young squad show he’s willing to mix things up.