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  • 20 June 2014, 12:14

England Look To Italy To Avoid World Cup Exit

England fans face another nail-biting day after a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay left any chance of their team reaching the knockout stage of the World Cup in Italy's hands.

Should their Group D rivals fail to beat Costa Rica, Roy Hodgson's side will be eliminated in the first round for the first time since 1958.

However, the manager admitted that even if the result goes their way, their hopes of making the last 16 are now "unbelievably slim".

Striker Daniel Sturridge said he felt "sick" and "heartbroken" after England's second defeat in two matches.

But Luis Suarez, who scored both goals on his return for Uruguay in Sao Paulo, revelled in his team's success.

"I dreamt this," he said. "I'm enjoying this moment because of everything I suffered."

Meanwhile, the importance of results elsewhere in England's group was not lost on Italian striker Mario Balotelli, who joked: "If we beat Costa Rica I want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the Queen."

Uruguay took the lead in the 38th minute as Suarez scored from a header.

England's goal came 15 minutes from the final whistle when Glen Johnson sent the ball across goal for Wayne Rooney to score.

But Uruguay struck back quickly with another Suarez goal in the 84th minute.

Speaking from Sao Paulo, Sky's Paul Kelso said the defeat is likely to spell the end of England's World Cup campaign.

Italy must beat Costa Rica and Uruguay while England need to secure all three points in their final group game to stand any chance of progressing in the tournament.

Even that may not be enough, with goal difference then coming into play.

"The bottom line, having watched both those performances, is that ultimately England just haven't been good enough," Kelso said.

"They've played with a good amount of spirit and attacking purpose but faced with teams of the quality of Italy and Uruguay they simply haven't had the players to match them."

Hodgson said he would not resign after England's back-to-back defeats, insisting his young squad have a bright future.

"We're more than disappointed, we're devastated," he said.

"In both games we've shown elements of playing some good football and we've shown we're a team making progress.

"But results decide everything and both results have been negative."

The defeat to Uruguay came after 10 England fans were attacked in Sao Paulo ahead of the game.

Some 14 people were arrested after a group wearing hoods and dark clothing threw fireworks and glass bottles at the supporters.

Elsewhere in the city, a march by about 1,000 demonstrators demanding free public transport passed off peacefully.

However, violence erupted when masked youths, believed to be from the anarchist Black Block movement, broke into a car dealership and began vandalising luxury vehicles.

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