Sturridge wants more of the same from England in crunch World Cup game with Uruguay

Daily Echo: Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge

England may have lost their World Cup opener but Daniel Sturridge wants a repeat performance in Thursday's crunch game with Uruguay.

Roy Hodgson described the Three Lions' display against Italy, in which Saints captain Adam Lallana played the last ten minutes, as the best of his reign, despite the Group D clash with Italy ending in a 2-1 defeat.

There were plenty of positives to take from the match against the four-time champions, notably their impressive attacking threat, and goalscorer Sturridge hopes England can replicate that showing in their must-win match with Uruguay, albeit with a different outcome.

''It's important we continue playing the way we did against Italy,'' the in-form Liverpool striker said.

''I thought we played very well, it was just unfortunate. There were two very good sides out there, but they got the breaks and we didn't.

''We played some good football and worked very hard as a team and created a lot of chances, we just lost the game.

''We're disappointed because we deserved something out of the game but sometimes you don't get the breaks you want to get.

''We worked their 'keeper - if you get shots on target and their 'keeper makes good saves you have to say 'fair play'.

''It was unfortunate we didn't get something out of the game. Sometimes you get luck, sometimes you don't get luck. That's football.''

England's attitude and aptitude have been deservedly praised in the aftermath, although that counts for nothing in the group standings.

Only goal difference separates them and bottom-placed Uruguay, who suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to unfancied Costa Rica.

The first-round results sets up a mouth-watering encounter on Thursday in Sao Paulo, where the loser will see their group-stage exit all but confirmed.

''It's a big game but these are the games everyone looks forward to,'' Sturridge said.

''We all want to play in it and regardless of whether we'd won today or not, we'd have still gone into it with a positive mentality and positive attitude, looking to win the match.

''The fact Uruguay lost earlier doesn't really change anything. If they'd have won their game they'd still want to beat us and secure their advance to the next round as early as possible.

''The Italy result doesn't change anything. We've still got two games to show what we can do. There are two games to win.''

Key to success against Uruguay will be a stronger defensive performance from England and a more clinical edge in front of goal.

Sturridge's first-half strike was all England had to show for their 18 shots against Italy, with wayward finishing and the fine performance of back-up goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu thwarting them.

It had looked like an injury to captain Gianluigi Buffon on the eve of the game would boost England's chances, yet his deputy shone between the sticks.

Collecting just his ninth cap for Italy, the Paris Saint Germain goalkeeper produced several fine saves to keep England at bay and put Italy on track for qualification.

''It was good to win because it showed that we need to be a little more patient,'' said Sirigu. ''We were getting some criticism but this is going to leave us feeling more relaxed.

''If I had to carry on playing, I'd be ready. We're hoping for him to come back, though.

''He's a big name and he did his bit today by saying a few words before the game. So there's no problem at all.

''When he recovers, he knows that he's going to get his old place back and I know where mine will be. It's as simple as that.''

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4:09pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

More of the same? What wasteful in front of goal and crap at the back? I'm soooooo glad I didn't go.
More of the same? What wasteful in front of goal and crap at the back? I'm soooooo glad I didn't go. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 8

4:20pm Sun 15 Jun 14

costa gaz says...

If we play like that against Uruguay we'll get beat again
Last night was awful against a very mediocre Italian side.

Rooney is the problem not the solution and really should have no part to play in the remaining games.

I'd love to know if there were instructions to man mark Pirlo, if not why not? and if so why were they not carried out. I was plain to see that after our last encounter with Italy that he was the main threat and keeping him quiet should have been a priority.

The Italians were in total control of the game last night and never looked in danger of not collecting max pts.

Roy now has to make the biggest decision of his England career... Rooney in or out?
If we play like that against Uruguay we'll get beat again Last night was awful against a very mediocre Italian side. Rooney is the problem not the solution and really should have no part to play in the remaining games. I'd love to know if there were instructions to man mark Pirlo, if not why not? and if so why were they not carried out. I was plain to see that after our last encounter with Italy that he was the main threat and keeping him quiet should have been a priority. The Italians were in total control of the game last night and never looked in danger of not collecting max pts. Roy now has to make the biggest decision of his England career... Rooney in or out? costa gaz
  • Score: 8

4:34pm Sun 15 Jun 14

search for the truth says...

The Southern Daily Echo seem embarrassed and very, very reluctant to admit that the player they are praising , is a Liverpool player.
The Southern Daily Echo seem embarrassed and very, very reluctant to admit that the player they are praising , is a Liverpool player. search for the truth
  • Score: -4

6:48pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Rocket 1 says...

More of the Same??? Absolutely Garbage, no passion, no Team Work, on last nights performance it will be as the song says, "we're coming home, we're coming home, we're coming home, England's coming home, "Taxi for Hodgson" overpaid bunch of Pr*cks..............
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More of the Same??? Absolutely Garbage, no passion, no Team Work, on last nights performance it will be as the song says, "we're coming home, we're coming home, we're coming home, England's coming home, "Taxi for Hodgson" overpaid bunch of Pr*cks.............. .. Rocket 1
  • Score: 5

8:08pm Sun 15 Jun 14

boilerman says...

Sturridge is a lazy , greedy one trick poney.
He strolled around last night while others put in the hard graft, and then ends up getting a goal from 3 yards out after good work from Sterling then Rooney.
All of a sudden this makes his performance good , I think not.
Shaw should come in for the poor Baines and Rooney should be left on the bench.
Sturridge is a lazy , greedy one trick poney. He strolled around last night while others put in the hard graft, and then ends up getting a goal from 3 yards out after good work from Sterling then Rooney. All of a sudden this makes his performance good , I think not. Shaw should come in for the poor Baines and Rooney should be left on the bench. boilerman
  • Score: 1

9:50pm Sun 15 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

boilerman wrote:
Sturridge is a lazy , greedy one trick poney.
He strolled around last night while others put in the hard graft, and then ends up getting a goal from 3 yards out after good work from Sterling then Rooney.
All of a sudden this makes his performance good , I think not.
Shaw should come in for the poor Baines and Rooney should be left on the bench.
Sturridge picked up a dead leg yesterday, may not be fit for Thursday.
[quote][p][bold]boilerman[/bold] wrote: Sturridge is a lazy , greedy one trick poney. He strolled around last night while others put in the hard graft, and then ends up getting a goal from 3 yards out after good work from Sterling then Rooney. All of a sudden this makes his performance good , I think not. Shaw should come in for the poor Baines and Rooney should be left on the bench.[/p][/quote]Sturridge picked up a dead leg yesterday, may not be fit for Thursday. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

11:05am Mon 16 Jun 14

Realitycheck53 says...

I am truly horrified by the ignorant comments on here about England's performance against Italy. I saw a very different game. Italy are clearly one of the best teams at the WC and England were only a fraction behind them with plenty of opportunity to improve. On the showings so far both teams are a class above Uruguay and Costa Rica, so we should be approaching those games very positively. Personally I would drop Rooney as he is too greedy and wasteful and play Oxlade-Chamberlain in the No 10 role. Sterling on the right and Lallana on the left. I am not a great fan of Henderson and would go with Wilshere next to Gerrard. That leaves Rooney, Barklay and Wellbeck as impact subs. I would bring in Like Shaw against Uruguay because of his power and strength. If Sturridge is unfit after his knock then Rickie Lambert should come in. Stop knocking England - look at the big picture - see that there is something really good happening here and get behind your country!!!
I am truly horrified by the ignorant comments on here about England's performance against Italy. I saw a very different game. Italy are clearly one of the best teams at the WC and England were only a fraction behind them with plenty of opportunity to improve. On the showings so far both teams are a class above Uruguay and Costa Rica, so we should be approaching those games very positively. Personally I would drop Rooney as he is too greedy and wasteful and play Oxlade-Chamberlain in the No 10 role. Sterling on the right and Lallana on the left. I am not a great fan of Henderson and would go with Wilshere next to Gerrard. That leaves Rooney, Barklay and Wellbeck as impact subs. I would bring in Like Shaw against Uruguay because of his power and strength. If Sturridge is unfit after his knock then Rickie Lambert should come in. Stop knocking England - look at the big picture - see that there is something really good happening here and get behind your country!!! Realitycheck53
  • Score: 0

11:18am Mon 16 Jun 14

Realitycheck53 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
boilerman wrote:
Sturridge is a lazy , greedy one trick poney.
He strolled around last night while others put in the hard graft, and then ends up getting a goal from 3 yards out after good work from Sterling then Rooney.
All of a sudden this makes his performance good , I think not.
Shaw should come in for the poor Baines and Rooney should be left on the bench.
Sturridge picked up a dead leg yesterday, may not be fit for Thursday.
You could say the same about all the world class strikers at the WC! It is not about running around like a headless chicken. Sturridge took the chance that came his way. He saw it coming, bust a gut to get there and kept his cool. All this vitriol and ignorance is dark ages stuff. Italy play with their brains and we need to take a leaf out of their book. That goal was as good as any so far - so praise where it is due.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boilerman[/bold] wrote: Sturridge is a lazy , greedy one trick poney. He strolled around last night while others put in the hard graft, and then ends up getting a goal from 3 yards out after good work from Sterling then Rooney. All of a sudden this makes his performance good , I think not. Shaw should come in for the poor Baines and Rooney should be left on the bench.[/p][/quote]Sturridge picked up a dead leg yesterday, may not be fit for Thursday.[/p][/quote]You could say the same about all the world class strikers at the WC! It is not about running around like a headless chicken. Sturridge took the chance that came his way. He saw it coming, bust a gut to get there and kept his cool. All this vitriol and ignorance is dark ages stuff. Italy play with their brains and we need to take a leaf out of their book. That goal was as good as any so far - so praise where it is due. Realitycheck53
  • Score: 0

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