England ready to “use any weapon available” to attack Uruguay
Three Lions looking to expose weaknesses in the Uruguayan defence tonight
June 19th, 2014
England are determined to throw caution to the wind this evening at the Arena de São Paulo, with Roy Hodgson’s team knowing three points against Uruguay will put them back in contention for a last sixteen place.
Hodgson insists that the same attacking approach will be employed after England served it up to a talented Italy side on Saturday night only to be undone by some poor defending as the Azzurri ran out 2-1 winners.
However, Uruguay’s 3-1 defeat against Costa Rica at the weekend suggests that La Celeste are vulnerable defensively and Hodgson is ready to throw the kitchen sink at England’s South American opponents.
“We saw the other night that even a top team like Italy were tested by the quality of our attacking play, so we’re not going to put any of our weapons down,” said Hodgson.
“Any weapon we’ve got, we are going to try and use. We have to make sure that, when we get the ball, we use it because the sort of players we’ve got are capable of hurting the opposition. I thought we did that quite well on Saturday but, when the other side has the ball, we’d better make certain our defending is spot on.
“There is pressure. We want to stay in the competition so we’ve got to get results in the next two games. No one’s running away from that but worrying about it won’t change anything. We have to make certain we are right, that’s all, and that players feel confident we can win the game. It is knockout football, even if it is still the group stage. It is for a lot of teams now: any side who lost their first game is entering the knockout stage already.”