England manager Roy Hodgson reckons the Three Lions were the better side after losing to Italy last night, as reported by Sky Sports.

The Three Lions were dealt a cruel blow as the Italians grabbed a vital win leaving England on the ropes in terms of qualification.

Hodgson believes England were the better team but admits they must move on to their clash with Uruguay on Thursday.

“It is a bit tough to accept we lost the game. Joe Hart has had a pretty quiet evening but we found ourselves having lost it.

“Even when they got back to 2-1 I thought we would get back into it. I thought that was the best I’d seen the team play.

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“I suppose you have to bite the bullet today and accept we played well.

“I thought we came to terms with it much better in the second half. We are a positive team who do not sit back and we left one or two opportunities for them, but we had chances to score.

“Our final ball was disappointing and we are better than that, but we are a young team and this is a first World Cup for two thirds of the team and it is something we will improve upon going forward.

“It isn’t a perfect start, but we don’t live in a perfect world.”