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Well, you thought as much, didn’t you.

England started their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Italy.

Claudio Marchisio’s long range opener was cancelled out two minutes later by a fine finish from Daniel Sturridge from a brilliant Wayne Rooney cross.

But then Mario Balotelli was given a free header to put Italy back in front, and ultimately give them the win.

Better than expected in attack, poor as expected in defence. England delivered one way or another.

I want to hear your thoughts on what you’ve seen so far and what you are expecting from the games ahead, particularly anything England related.

England manager Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson

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In the main it was a more interesting game than expected. England, to their credit, were far less cagey than they were tipped to be.

The ball was moved quickly, attacks had real intent. The final ball often let them down but there was enough to be positive about despite the result.

Danny Wellbeck justified his much questioned starting berth while Raheem Sterling put his hand up for a regular first XI place with an exciting performance.

Rooney continues to disappoint but his superb cross for Sturridge’s goal helped make up for at least a small amount of his at times anonymity.

Defensively, as always, was not quite as positive, with faults particularly through both full backs and certainly on the left where Rooney’s lack of coverage left England exposed.

Marking was an issue, especially from set pieces and there can be plenty of disappointment with the two goals.

The silver lining for England was the shock defeat for Uruguay against supposed group minnows Costa Rica.

There is that second chance for Roy Hodgson’s men to kick start their campaign and given the way Uruguay were torn apart at times, there will be plenty of positivity about Thursday’s game.

– How many people thought that Sterling had scored with that piledriver just a few minutes in? The bloke in the flat downstairs from me certainly did. And so, too did fans in Walkabout, as our video above shows, continuing to celebrate while the match goes on behind them.

– If Phil Neville hasn’t got an inferiority complex when it comes to brother Gary, then he either is one of the strongest characters you are likely to meet or painfully oblivious.

Phil’s commentary is what you thought you were going to get when you first heard Gary had joined Sky. Instead we found that Gary was as talented on the mic as he was on the field.

And last night we found that like he was on the pitch, Phil is significantly inferior to his brother.

Being fair to Phil, a lot of what he was saying was valid. It was just the way he said it. Glass eye to sleep comes to mind.

– I’ll be back later today with my thoughts on the rest of Day Three plus a look at day four.