• Uruguay 2-1 England, World Cup Group D

Jagielka expects England's World Cup is over

ESPN staff
June 19, 2014
Luis Suarez scores Uruguay's winner as England defender Gary Cahill looks on © Getty Images

England defender Phil Jagielka conceded that the squad does not expect results to go their way to allow them to progress into the knockout stages of the World Cup.

A 2-1 defeat by Uruguay leaves England needing Italy to win their remaining matches and then a generous swing in goal difference when England play Costa Rica in the final group game. However, Jagielka was dismissive of such permutations, saying it was nothing more than a remote possibility.

"There's a small chance, I suppose," he told ITV. "We're not exactly expecting anything like that. We've got to go out there and hopefully put in a performance against Costa Rica."

Jagielka was speaking after two goals from Liverpool striker Luis Suarez - the second coming six minutes from time - put Uruguay back in contention to progress from World Cup Group D having lost their opening match 3-1 to Costa Rica.

Suarez's winning goal was unwittingly assisted by his club captain Steven Gerrard, who misjudged a long kick from Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. The ball skidded off Gerrard's head and into the path of Suarez, who blasted beyond Joe Hart from around 12 yards.

"I think Steven got a flick on the ball, Suarez is onside and then you're just hoping he mishits one and unfortunately he finds the target and win the game," Jagielka said. "I'm very disappointed obviously as a defender, that's the last thing you want to see is a punt down the pitch, a flick on and then a goal. Everyone's obviously absolutely devastated."

Jagielka was dismissive of suggestions England had been undone by one man, and one they knew so well. "I think their pass [from Edinson Cavani] for the first goal was pretty decent as well," he said.

"It's a similar story to the Italian game, we played pretty well but obviously not good enough."

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