Gerrard laments England’s lack of cleverness

Steven Gerrard believes England need to be cleverer in future after the World Cup defeat to Uruguay, ESPN has reported.

The captain said after the match that the South Americans were on the ropes, but instead Luis Suarez scored his second goal of the game to leave the Three Lions on the brink of leaving Brazil at the group stage.

Suarez had opened the scoring in the first-half before Wayne Rooney levelled after the break and a mis-cued header from Gerrard allowed his Liverpool teammate to run in behind the defence and score a late winner.

“When we got the equaliser today we just needed to be a bit more clever, a bit more cute and a bit more difficult to beat,” Gerrard said. “Maybe we should accept that going for a point might have been the best option.

“They were weak at the back and they were there for the taking. Once we got the equaliser we tried to use the initiative to get the second,” he continued. “They were sloppy goals and we have to take responsibility for that as a team. The first one he’s [Suarez] peeled off onto the back-post and it’s a fantastic ball by [Edinson] Cavani.

“The second one, I’ve gone to try and get good contact on the ball and I haven’t got good enough contact on it and been punished for it.”

England can still get out of Group D but need Italy to beat Costa Rica on Friday, then beat Uruguay in the last round of fixtures. Should both those results go England’s way – and they beat Costa Rica themselves – then Roy Hodgson’s side could go through on goal difference.

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