The Three Lions slipped to a 2-1 loss to the Azzurri, but find themselves clear of the foot of Group D thanks to Uruguay’s shock beating at the hands of minnows Costa Rica.
The task facing Roy Hodgson’s men is now a little clearer, with defeat against the Luis Suarez-inspired South Americans on Thursday enough to effectively end their participation in the competition.
Although making it into the knockout phase is now a bigger ask for England, captain Gerrard is adamant that his side can still get over the line:
“The challenge is a bit more difficult but certainly doable,” he si quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“We got criticised four years ago for sitting back and being toothless but anyone who watched the game could see we were trying to create.
“We pushed and pushed, we gave it everything we’ve got and were unlucky not to get anything out of it.
“We are still not out of this group.”
Gerrard went on to say that the Italy result changes nothing heading into the game with Uruguay:
“Whatever the result we would have had to go and beat Uruguay anyway,”