Embarrassed, shamed, and slain by a player who was in a wheelchair 5 weeks ago, England are now on the verge of a World Cup exit after group stages. Crushed and devoid of hope to keep England afloat, Roy Hodgson stated that he is the right man to guide England to Euro 2016.
“I don’t have any intention of resigning,” Hodgson asserted at the end of the embarrassing night.
Luis Suarez was the name that haunted the English National Team as his two goals on Thursday night may have put an end to England’s World Cup run.
Suarez has been linked with several controversies in England, where he plays for Liverpool since 2011, and many have criticized his actions. However, he dedicated his two goals to those back in England who have been quick to judge his attitude.
Suarez said, “It was one of the best games I've played. It's an amazing moment for me. Maybe a few days ago I thought this wouldn't be possible. Before the game too many people in England laughed about my attitude over the last few years. This is a very good time for me. I want to see what they think now.”
His knee injury, which sidelined him for several weeks, became a national concern in his native country of Uruguay while his chance of recovery became England’s worst nightmare.
Not fully fit and with a score to settle with the English Football Association, it was apparent that Suarez would play the most defining role in this clash. And he didn’t disappoint.
Suarez scored two goals from his two chances he had on goal. And how unsettling for England captain, Steven Gerrard, whose two fatal errors were key in these two goals.
When asked about his Liverpool teammate at the end of the game, Suarez said, “I told him to keep going. He's the best player I've played with on the pitch. This is an unlucky moment for him. I don't like it when he hurts like this. I said: 'Keep going, forget this game, you're one of the best.’”
While many have argued that this is one of the best squads England has sent to a World Cup in years, the game against Uruguay exposed their lack of World Cup experience. England still has a chance – a very slim chance – of redeeming itself and qualifying to the next stage of this epic World Cup but their fate lies in the hands of Italy and Costa Rica.