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Hodgson: We were unlucky
7:24pm Tuesday 24th June 2014 in Football
England manager Roy Hodgson felt his side were unlucky not to bow out of the World Cup in Brazil with a victory.
The national side's underwhelming campaign came to an end as they played out a goalless draw with Costa Rica in their final group game in Belo Horizonte.
Hodgson said: "We showed today what a good team we can be.
"We are so disappointed not to finish with a victory but I don't think I have asked for a much better performance.
"Apart from the first 10 or 12 minutes of the game I thought we dominated it totally.
"Unfortunately we didn't take our goal chances today. Had we taken them it would have been a comfortable victory."
Striker Daniel Sturridge missed three good chances for England and was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty in the first half after a clash with Oscar Duarte.
Hodgson said: "We created the chances, that is important, and normally Daniel is so clinical.
"I am not that concerned. I know he will take the goal chances in the future. The important thing is to keep giving him the opportunity.
"But I have got to say I think we are really unlucky not to win this game.
"I am pleased at least to have given the fans something to cheer about it terms of our performance."
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