FOOTBALL: It was a case of the good, the bad and the ugly, says Duberry

Michael Duberry

Michael Duberry

First published in Sport

Not much separated England and Uruguay, but what did divide the teams was one world-class striker and two world class finishes.

England’s World Cup dream was ended by a goal I would describe as ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ The good is for the good finish from the world-class Uruguayan and Liverpool forward Luis Saurez.

The bad is for the bad header from England captain Steven Gerrard that put Suarez in on goal.

The ugly is for the ugly schoolboy defending shown by the England back four for the second goal.

As Gerrard was going up for the header, it should have been automatic for every one of the back four to drop off, just in case Cavani won the header and flicked it in on goal.

That momentary loss of concentration is all a world-class striker like Saurez needs.

So what positives do we take? Well, there are a few I think.

Wayne Rooney broke his World Cup duck and scored his first goal.

He was actually unlucky not to get more and on another day he may have got a hat-trick.

Daniel Sturridge looked just as effective on the world stage as he does in the Premier League.

Ross Barkley’s youth, hunger and enthusiasm were a delight to watch when he came on. He played with ‘no fear’.

But unfortunately, none of this was enough to save England.

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11:23am Sun 22 Jun 14

rogerjwise says...

I would suggest that only three or four of the first choice Uruguayan team would be selected for the England squad.
Stripped down to its bare essentials,football,
is no more than a bunch of grown men running around in shorts kicking a bag of wind.
Gus Poyet,when asked what it meant to a Uruguayan and to play against Brazil,replied, you would have to be Uruguayan to know the answer to that question.
When English footballers,understa
nd that answer,then they may find a light at the end of international tournaments.
I would suggest that only three or four of the first choice Uruguayan team would be selected for the England squad. Stripped down to its bare essentials,football, is no more than a bunch of grown men running around in shorts kicking a bag of wind. Gus Poyet,when asked what it meant to a Uruguayan and to play against Brazil,replied, you would have to be Uruguayan to know the answer to that question. When English footballers,understa nd that answer,then they may find a light at the end of international tournaments. rogerjwise
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