Roy Hodgson’s men made it two losses from two on Thursday night as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Uruguay – who were spearheaded by Luis Suarez.
The result, allied to Costa Rica’s shock win against Italy, leaves England’s hopes of making it out of Group D gone – making 2014 the first year since 2014 the nation has failed to get out of the first phase of the competition.
Wayne Rooney has been made a scapegoat by some for his frustrating displays against the Azzurri, while other have pointed the finger at captain Steven Gerrard whose loose header presented Suarez with the game-winning chance in Sao Paolo, but Scholes believes that the back four are the culprits for the disappointment:
“Going into the tournament we all feared the back four were never not going to concede goals – and now it has been proven.” He wrote in his Paddy Power column.
“There is no way you can blame Steven Gerrard for not getting more on the ball from a header in the middle of the park for Luis Suarez’s second goal. The defenders didn’t sense the danger.
“Roy is close to finding something – but he needs two young centre-halves that have the balls to play, the balls to step into midfield now and again and full-backs who can defend.
“We have got two full-backs now in Leighton Baines and Glen Johnson who are great going forward – but we’ve got great forwards already. We need solid defenders and we’re not blessed with great talent in this area.
“Not bringing Ashley Cole was probably a mistake – not so much for his attacking qualities – but more his defensive ones. I think Baines and the whole of the back four have been found out a bit. It has been argued that John Terry could have steadied the ship and taken command – but he’s not getting any younger either.
“Ideally what was needed was a young John Terry and a Rio Ferdinand in his prime to marshal the defence.”