Hodgson gutted as Saints' England duo stand on the brink

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

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Saints’ England duo stand on the verge of an early exit from the World Cup after the Three Lions crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay last night.

Saints skipper Adam Lallana came on as a second half sub in Sao Paulo, while Luke Shaw was again unused as Luis Suarez’s brace sunk Roy Hodgson’s men.

There was a late World Cup cap for Rickie Lambert, but nothing could prevent England from slipping to a costly defeat.

Having also lost to Italy in the group stages, it leaves England’s fate out of their own hands.

If Italy and Costa Rica draw tonight then England are out.

If not then they must beat Costa Rica in their final game on Tuesday and hope it’s enough.

It looks a long shot and Hodgson’s reaction certainly suggested that was his take on it too.

“We are more than disappointed, we are devastated,” he said.

“We believed we could do enough to get a result in this game and having worked so hard to counter that first goal of Suarez in the first half and get back to 1-1 I fully believed then we would go on then to either win the game or at least draw the game. To concede the second goal as we did is an unbelievable blow.

“I don’t quite know what to say at this moment in time.”

Suarez’s first goal was superb, but the second came from a routine punt downfield from the keeper.

“It’s a goal that we don’t expect to concede of course,” admitted Hodgson.

“Long goal kicks with the type of players we have in the team we deal with them.

“I thought we dealt with the Uruguayan attack well for very long periods in the game but we came up against a strong defensive unit ourselves but we still did enough to get the draw we would have needed but we didn’t get it.”

Speaking of Suarez he added: “He scored the two goals.

“The first goal in particular was exceptionally good I thought. Cavanai’s chip and his pulling away to the back post and the cleverness of his header I thought was really top top class play.

“The second one I think he was a bit fortunate to get himself free but of course when he got himself free he made literally no mistake.

“We know what Suarez can do.”

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11:29pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Bazultra says...

Naive fool
Naive fool Bazultra
  • Score: 5

12:09am Fri 20 Jun 14

costa gaz says...

Hodgson is an absolute joke, beaten by the worst Italian side in decades, and then turned over by Uruguay because of a lack of any game plan in both games.
We played both games with a system that was completely alien to the players.... 4 strikers wtf!!!!!!
Never want to see Rooney or Welbeck in an England shirt again.
One more thing Roy, Suarez is world class and had nothing to prove to you.. you fool.
Hodgson is an absolute joke, beaten by the worst Italian side in decades, and then turned over by Uruguay because of a lack of any game plan in both games. We played both games with a system that was completely alien to the players.... 4 strikers wtf!!!!!! Never want to see Rooney or Welbeck in an England shirt again. One more thing Roy, Suarez is world class and had nothing to prove to you.. you fool. costa gaz
  • Score: 23

12:27am Fri 20 Jun 14

InCortesewetrust says...

Calm down its only England, over priced, over rated, paid too much head up there own arse "INDIVIDUALS", Save your energy for the saints,
Calm down its only England, over priced, over rated, paid too much head up there own arse "INDIVIDUALS", Save your energy for the saints, InCortesewetrust
  • Score: 22

5:02am Fri 20 Jun 14

richard903 says...

well woy, I think your obssesion with Skiverpool was your undoing . You are not Brenda who seems to be able to organise his rabble. You then turn the heads of our young stars (except Dejan I cant blame you for him) and tell them to join a "big club" . Ask the spanish to move up the plane and let you on because you have let us down! Another 4 years before we can dream of WC glory again . Thank goodness for Super Saints and the wonderus Mr Koeman .
well woy, I think your obssesion with Skiverpool was your undoing . You are not Brenda who seems to be able to organise his rabble. You then turn the heads of our young stars (except Dejan I cant blame you for him) and tell them to join a "big club" . Ask the spanish to move up the plane and let you on because you have let us down! Another 4 years before we can dream of WC glory again . Thank goodness for Super Saints and the wonderus Mr Koeman . richard903
  • Score: 11

6:00am Fri 20 Jun 14

Southampton boy says...

A lot has been said and cannot disagree with a lot of it, so if are new manager does a good job for us this season will mean he will become the brew England manager? As I feel that the other teams don't like it when a team like Saints camels knocking on the door so they buy your players to stop you , sorry not going to talk about the team last as it was not even a good 2nd team
A lot has been said and cannot disagree with a lot of it, so if are new manager does a good job for us this season will mean he will become the brew England manager? As I feel that the other teams don't like it when a team like Saints camels knocking on the door so they buy your players to stop you , sorry not going to talk about the team last as it was not even a good 2nd team Southampton boy
  • Score: 5

6:44am Fri 20 Jun 14

rownhams saint says...

I am afrai Mr H as got to go ,he his a born looser and just not up to the job.
I am afrai Mr H as got to go ,he his a born looser and just not up to the job. rownhams saint
  • Score: 13

7:08am Fri 20 Jun 14

Clever Dick says...

Are we really surprised? We have followed the tried and tested formula for all big tournaments. Go out in the first game frightened to lose............and then lose. Go out in the second game and underperform thus ensuring that we need all other group results to go our way, which they won't. Poor old Woy followed almost exactly the same tactics as in the Italy game, including the same substitutions albeit too late in the game. He is right though, he shouldn't resign. He should already have been given the boot. Anyway on to the Euros. Mt prediction for pooro ld clueless Woy's side is unchanged from yesterday's starting lineup.
Are we really surprised? We have followed the tried and tested formula for all big tournaments. Go out in the first game frightened to lose............and then lose. Go out in the second game and underperform thus ensuring that we need all other group results to go our way, which they won't. Poor old Woy followed almost exactly the same tactics as in the Italy game, including the same substitutions albeit too late in the game. He is right though, he shouldn't resign. He should already have been given the boot. Anyway on to the Euros. Mt prediction for pooro ld clueless Woy's side is unchanged from yesterday's starting lineup. Clever Dick
  • Score: 7

9:02am Fri 20 Jun 14

jls217 says...

Not nearly as gutted as millions of us are Woy. After all I've paid a small fortune to buy the hat, scarf, stupid goalie gloves, full fridge and used up my leave allowance.

The ones who have completed ruined my summer have just had a tour of Florida and Brazil all expenses paid and been paid a fortune to do so. I am falling out of love with football and footballers. Maybe Rugby league will become the staple diet of sports in my house at least they are honest athletes who don't roll around screaming for attention the moment someone looks at them aggressively and they do entertain because it is non stop action.
In MF we seemed to be solid (though I think Gerrard has gone on a couple of dozen games too long) In defence we had no clue. At the other end the only one who seemed to want to break into their box was Sterling. Rooney was better in the centre but still not outstanding. Wellbeck - maybe as a ball winner in the middle of the park but he can't do too much else. Tactically it was all the same old same old same old and once their CB had worked out we had nothing else to offer - we were boogered.
Not nearly as gutted as millions of us are Woy. After all I've paid a small fortune to buy the hat, scarf, stupid goalie gloves, full fridge and used up my leave allowance. The ones who have completed ruined my summer have just had a tour of Florida and Brazil all expenses paid and been paid a fortune to do so. I am falling out of love with football and footballers. Maybe Rugby league will become the staple diet of sports in my house at least they are honest athletes who don't roll around screaming for attention the moment someone looks at them aggressively and they do entertain because it is non stop action. In MF we seemed to be solid (though I think Gerrard has gone on a couple of dozen games too long) In defence we had no clue. At the other end the only one who seemed to want to break into their box was Sterling. Rooney was better in the centre but still not outstanding. Wellbeck - maybe as a ball winner in the middle of the park but he can't do too much else. Tactically it was all the same old same old same old and once their CB had worked out we had nothing else to offer - we were boogered. jls217
  • Score: 9

9:33am Fri 20 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

Paid the price for not giving the saints and ex saints contingent enough game time
Morning jls217 I hope you got my apology last night
Paid the price for not giving the saints and ex saints contingent enough game time Morning jls217 I hope you got my apology last night bullsbags
  • Score: 7

9:50am Fri 20 Jun 14

Costa Baz says...

Agree with most of Roy's take, on the goals.
The second was poor defending.
The first was a superb cross and header, BUT, what about the half hearted, lack lustre, schoolboy attempt of a tackle, in midfield, which failed to stop the ball being fed to the player that crossed it? That too, was poor defending. Gerrard again?
Agree with most of Roy's take, on the goals. The second was poor defending. The first was a superb cross and header, BUT, what about the half hearted, lack lustre, schoolboy attempt of a tackle, in midfield, which failed to stop the ball being fed to the player that crossed it? That too, was poor defending. Gerrard again? Costa Baz
  • Score: 4

11:13am Fri 20 Jun 14

de Heiligen paard 101 says...

costa gaz wrote:
Hodgson is an absolute joke, beaten by the worst Italian side in decades, and then turned over by Uruguay because of a lack of any game plan in both games.
We played both games with a system that was completely alien to the players.... 4 strikers wtf!!!!!!
Never want to see Rooney or Welbeck in an England shirt again.
One more thing Roy, Suarez is world class and had nothing to prove to you.. you fool.
could not agree more.
we had 2 NO.9s and 2 NO.10s on the pitch and hoped that 2 o them could play out wide. first game it was shrek and wellbad and last night it was sterling and wellbad. wellbad played right and left in the 2 games and was equally poor on either side. shrek was awful when he played on the left and to be honest he wasn't much better last night. sterling picks the ball up and runs at the defence but most of the time he runs into 2 or three players and losses the ball, he cant seem to find the final ball, whether that's because no one was showing for it or hes not able to I cant work out.
shrek got his central role back last night and just sat there, he didn't move around the pitch like roy said the players would, but then there was no movement from anyone.
why play wellbad and shrek/sterling out wide when they cant get the crosses in? was roy playing them because he thought he would be hammered if he didn't pick the `big` team players? why not put players who can play wide on the pitch, yes we missed the ox and probably theo but if the ox wasn't fit why waste a space on him. milner and lalla are the only players available who can play wide and by the time lalla came on it was too late (in both games). its no surprise that the 2 goals we have scored both came from crosses, that's what our forwards want. yet time and time again we tried to walk the ball through the middle. if you do want to play through the middle then why not put Rickie on, the only forward in the squad who can play with his back to goal, he can hold the ball up and give the runners a chance to get in behind.
the `dream team` of gerrard and Henderson in the middle didn't work, why did we need 2 holding midfielders. why not play 1 holding player and one slightly in front. this is why I like big vic at saints, he sits back and plays almost as another CB when we have the ball, this gives the wingbacks the opportunity to get forward, it also gives spider/cork more space in the centre of the pitch.
Henderson? really is that the best we have got. gerrard surely must retire from international football after the world cup, as should Johnson, I wish shrek would as well. wellbad shouldn't be picked again, but then why pick a player who struggles to get into the manure team when they have just had a poor season.
time for a complete clear out of the old guard and to stop the `big` team bias.
most fans knew we would struggle to get out the group, but then roy made some good squad selections and we all got some hope back, well until we saw the starting line ups.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Hodgson is an absolute joke, beaten by the worst Italian side in decades, and then turned over by Uruguay because of a lack of any game plan in both games. We played both games with a system that was completely alien to the players.... 4 strikers wtf!!!!!! Never want to see Rooney or Welbeck in an England shirt again. One more thing Roy, Suarez is world class and had nothing to prove to you.. you fool.[/p][/quote]could not agree more. we had 2 NO.9s and 2 NO.10s on the pitch and hoped that 2 o them could play out wide. first game it was shrek and wellbad and last night it was sterling and wellbad. wellbad played right and left in the 2 games and was equally poor on either side. shrek was awful when he played on the left and to be honest he wasn't much better last night. sterling picks the ball up and runs at the defence but most of the time he runs into 2 or three players and losses the ball, he cant seem to find the final ball, whether that's because no one was showing for it or hes not able to I cant work out. shrek got his central role back last night and just sat there, he didn't move around the pitch like roy said the players would, but then there was no movement from anyone. why play wellbad and shrek/sterling out wide when they cant get the crosses in? was roy playing them because he thought he would be hammered if he didn't pick the `big` team players? why not put players who can play wide on the pitch, yes we missed the ox and probably theo but if the ox wasn't fit why waste a space on him. milner and lalla are the only players available who can play wide and by the time lalla came on it was too late (in both games). its no surprise that the 2 goals we have scored both came from crosses, that's what our forwards want. yet time and time again we tried to walk the ball through the middle. if you do want to play through the middle then why not put Rickie on, the only forward in the squad who can play with his back to goal, he can hold the ball up and give the runners a chance to get in behind. the `dream team` of gerrard and Henderson in the middle didn't work, why did we need 2 holding midfielders. why not play 1 holding player and one slightly in front. this is why I like big vic at saints, he sits back and plays almost as another CB when we have the ball, this gives the wingbacks the opportunity to get forward, it also gives spider/cork more space in the centre of the pitch. Henderson? really is that the best we have got. gerrard surely must retire from international football after the world cup, as should Johnson, I wish shrek would as well. wellbad shouldn't be picked again, but then why pick a player who struggles to get into the manure team when they have just had a poor season. time for a complete clear out of the old guard and to stop the `big` team bias. most fans knew we would struggle to get out the group, but then roy made some good squad selections and we all got some hope back, well until we saw the starting line ups. de Heiligen paard 101
  • Score: 7

11:24am Fri 20 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Mixed emotions for Gaston, firmly stuck to the bench, but the win must have made up for that.
Mixed emotions for Gaston, firmly stuck to the bench, but the win must have made up for that. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 4

2:27pm Fri 20 Jun 14

jls217 says...

bullsbags wrote:
Paid the price for not giving the saints and ex saints contingent enough game time
Morning jls217 I hope you got my apology last night
No mate haven't seen it but graciously accepted anyway. I am guilty of dishing out the occasional verbal slap myself and been forced to back peddle on more than once. No offence taken so apology really required but thanks anyway.
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: Paid the price for not giving the saints and ex saints contingent enough game time Morning jls217 I hope you got my apology last night[/p][/quote]No mate haven't seen it but graciously accepted anyway. I am guilty of dishing out the occasional verbal slap myself and been forced to back peddle on more than once. No offence taken so apology really required but thanks anyway. jls217
  • Score: 2

2:28pm Fri 20 Jun 14

jls217 says...

jls217 wrote:
bullsbags wrote:
Paid the price for not giving the saints and ex saints contingent enough game time
Morning jls217 I hope you got my apology last night
No mate haven't seen it but graciously accepted anyway. I am guilty of dishing out the occasional verbal slap myself and been forced to back peddle on more than once. No offence taken so apology really required but thanks anyway.
That should have read no apology really required!!!!!! I am a dumb terwat sometimes.
[quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: Paid the price for not giving the saints and ex saints contingent enough game time Morning jls217 I hope you got my apology last night[/p][/quote]No mate haven't seen it but graciously accepted anyway. I am guilty of dishing out the occasional verbal slap myself and been forced to back peddle on more than once. No offence taken so apology really required but thanks anyway.[/p][/quote]That should have read no apology really required!!!!!! I am a dumb terwat sometimes. jls217
  • Score: 2

2:43pm Fri 20 Jun 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Reality check after all the hype.
Having watched most teams in the World Cup it apparent that as a team we were:-
1. not ruthless enough - Italy & Uruguay players showed how naive England are who seem to lack the will to win.
2. not fit enough - Most teams seem to have a much higher work rate.
3. no fast enough - other teams were quicker to the ball than we were.
4. gave the ball away - poor passing rate and we only retained possession in our own half.
5. did not defend well enough poor defense generally.
6. did not create enough good chances.
7. failed to take the few chances we did have.
8. lack of any world class players - the English players all look average at best compared with the others.
NAME ONE ENGLISH PLAYER GOOD ENOUGH FOR A WORLD THIRD ELEVEN never mind a first or second eleven !!

MUST PLAY ALL THE YOUNG PLAYERS AGAINST COSTA RICA FOR FUTURE EXPERIENCE. Drop all the ones over 26 yrs old and lets build for the Euros.
Reality check after all the hype. Having watched most teams in the World Cup it apparent that as a team we were:- 1. not ruthless enough - Italy & Uruguay players showed how naive England are who seem to lack the will to win. 2. not fit enough - Most teams seem to have a much higher work rate. 3. no fast enough - other teams were quicker to the ball than we were. 4. gave the ball away - poor passing rate and we only retained possession in our own half. 5. did not defend well enough poor defense generally. 6. did not create enough good chances. 7. failed to take the few chances we did have. 8. lack of any world class players - the English players all look average at best compared with the others. NAME ONE ENGLISH PLAYER GOOD ENOUGH FOR A WORLD THIRD ELEVEN never mind a first or second eleven !! MUST PLAY ALL THE YOUNG PLAYERS AGAINST COSTA RICA FOR FUTURE EXPERIENCE. Drop all the ones over 26 yrs old and lets build for the Euros. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 5

7:50pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Stubs says...

RIP
RIP Stubs
  • Score: 0

7:50pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Stubs says...

RIP
RIP Stubs
  • Score: 0

4:18pm Sat 21 Jun 14

saints fan #1 says...

i think we played ok but lacked the killer instinct. Uruguay played ok but had the killer instinct. The other teams (Costa Rica) seem to be more hungrier than England.
Next game all the old boys should be kept off the pitch and let the youngsters have an experience builder. It wasn't because of inexperience we lost it was an experienced player (Gerrard) that done an awful pass to his Liv team mate did he forget that he was playing for England probably comes with old age. Rant Over looking forward to the Saints next season hope Woy plays our boys and they show him what he's missed.
i think we played ok but lacked the killer instinct. Uruguay played ok but had the killer instinct. The other teams (Costa Rica) seem to be more hungrier than England. Next game all the old boys should be kept off the pitch and let the youngsters have an experience builder. It wasn't because of inexperience we lost it was an experienced player (Gerrard) that done an awful pass to his Liv team mate did he forget that he was playing for England probably comes with old age. Rant Over looking forward to the Saints next season hope Woy plays our boys and they show him what he's missed. saints fan #1
  • Score: 0

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