Mansfield Town players and Chad readers and staff have praised England’s performance after their heartbreaking World Cup defeat to Italy last night.
Mario Balotelli’s second-half header was enough to secure a 2-1 win for Italy and means Roy Hodgson’s men now face must-win matches against Uruguay and Costa Rica if they are to emerge from the knock-out stages.
Taking to twitter shortly after the final whistle, reader Struggling to think of a better England performance since Euro 2004. But they were up against a ruthlessly brilliant Italy team tonight Sam Wallace said it had been a good display, saying: “Struggling to think of a better England performance since Euro 2004. But they were up against a ruthlessly brilliant Italy team tonight.”
Reader Lewis Scrimshaw said: “Most enjoyable 11pm kick off I’ve watched in ages! But a good have a go performance against side I thought would beat us more convincingly. Have watched far worse England defeats... with far less to be positive about.”
Owen Bradkey said: “The most enjoyable and promising England performance in a long, long time.”
Reader Chris Doidge backed England to still qualify and said: “Well that was kinda encouraging. Win the next two, should be fine.”
Chad Sports editor John Lomas said: “England deserved at least a draw tonight. I feel like I played the entire 90 minutes. Exhausting and frustrating.”
Chad news editor Stephen Thirkill agreed, saying: “It’s a defeat but there wasn’t a lot wrong with England’s performance.More quality needed in final third but plenty reason to be optimistic.
“Such fine margins in sport. Rooney really should have stuck it in the onion bag and then the perspective on tonight would be very different.
Chad reporter Wayne Swiffin defended Wyane Rooney after he missed a fantastic chance to level the game at 2-2.
Wayne said: “Everyone moaning about Rooney but football is supposed to be a team game.”
But Keith Deller was not impressed and blamed the influx of foreign players for a declining England team. He said: “Same old England over rated over paid and use the foreign players in the premier league to look better and the England manager useless.”
Mansfield Town shot-stopper Alan Marriott defended the England players from those criticising the display, saying: “So many opinions and ‘experts’ out there!! Looks so easy from camera angle! You wanna try it on the pitch and see how hard it really is.”
So, do you agree or disagree? We’re England unlucky last night or are we just not good enough?
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