England will cause Uruguay big problems claims Steven Gerrard
Gerrard feeling confident that Three Lions can bounce back from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Italy
June 16th, 2014
Spain famously lost their opening game at the 2010 World Cup before going on to win the tournament and England will draw encouragement from La Roja when they go into battle with Uruguay on Thursday night.
The Three Lions played pretty well against Italy before losing the game 2-1 in Manaus, with Steven Gerrard confident that a similar performance will see England comfortably win against a team that surprisingly lost 3-1 against Costa Rica.
“I was shocked by the result. I expected Uruguay to beat Costa Rica,” the England captain said.
“They (Uruguay) have really good firepower up front but we saw on Saturday that they are certainly beatable.
“They concede goals and if we attack like we did against Italy we will cause Uruguay big, big problems.”
Indeed, aside from Diego Godin at centre-half, the Uruguayans look vulnerable against a dangerous England attack, with the participation of Luis Suarez still an unknown quantity.
“I’m not sure where Suarez is up to injury-wise, I haven’t heard from him, but I expect him to play some part because he’s been so quiet,” Gerrard said.
“The key is to look back on what’s happened, see what we got right but also see where we went wrong.
“We conceded two goals and we have to look at them. They created problems for us on our left side on a few occasions and we will have to look at that.”
Gerrard reserved special praise for Raheem Sterling who excelled on just his third start for England.
“He is fearless. That’s the way he plays. That’s his character,” Gerrard said of his Liverpool team-mate.
“He doesn’t worry about opponents. He just goes out and does the best he can and, for his first start in a major tournament, there were flashes of positivity.
“He’s a big player for the future. The manager showed bravery putting the young lads in, giving them a good go, and that’s the future of this England team – all the young talent in the dressing room.”