England may have lost their World Cup opener but Daniel Sturridge wants a repeat performance in Thursday’s crunch game with Uruguay.
Roy Hodgson described the Three Lions’ display against Italy as the best of his reign, despite the Group D clash with Italy ending in a 2-1 defeat.
There were plenty of positives to take from the match against the four-time champions, notably their impressive attacking threat, and goalscorer Sturridge hopes England can replicate that showing in their must-win match with Uruguay, albeit with a different outcome.
“It’s important we continue playing the way we did against Italy,” the in-form Liverpool striker said.
“I thought we played very well, it was just unfortunate. There were two very good sides out there, but they got the breaks and we didn’t.
“We played some good football and worked very hard as a team and created a lot of chances, we just lost the game.
“We’re disappointed because we deserved something out of the game but sometimes you don’t get the breaks you want to get.
“We worked their keeper - if you get shots on target and their keeper makes good saves you have to say ‘fair play’. It was unfortunate we didn’t get something out of the game.”
The first-round results sets up a mouthwatering encounter on Thursday in Sao Paulo, where the loser would see their group-stage exit all but confirmed.
“It’s a big game but these are the games everyone looks forward to,” Sturridge said.