No pride restored as Three Lions limp out of World Cup

Adam Lallana (England)

With England, rather embarrassingly, already out of the World Cup, Three Lions gaffer, Roy Hodgson made no fewer than 10 changes to the starting line-up with Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge the only player to keep his place.

The game was being billed as the one to get us all excited for Euro 2016 and, to be fair, in the first-half there was certainly some promising signs. A couple of marauding and powerful runs from Everton’s Ross Barkley, a superb fingertip save from Ben Foster highlighted our strength in depth and the likes of Luke Shaw proved they can handle the pressure.

The second-half was full of fleeting moments of pace, domination and excitement but, as we’ve become accustomed to with England at this tournament, that was usually undone by a poor pass, lack of concentration or an inability to find the back of the next.

Sadly, England weren’t able to restore some national pride and have been eliminated at the first group stage of a World Cup for the first time since 1958.

That leaves two things left to be asked: Is that starting XI the one to bring us glory at Euro 2016? And have we seen the last of Steven Gerrard in an England shirt?


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