Draw Against Costa Rica One Saving Grace For England
The English football team finished their World Cup run yesterday against Costa Rica, a team that qualified for the Round of 16 prior to the match. The Three Lions avoided a three game sweep out of the Group Stage with a draw of 0-0 against Costa Rica, but the team left the pitch feeling the loss.
Devoted fans were betting that England could advance into the knockout stage before facing elimination. The majority of World Cup experts stacked the odds against England winning the tournament, and even though former football players like Gary Lineker believed in the young players on the team, few experts favoured England bringing the trophy home from Brazil.
Preventing Costa Rica from scoring was the one saving grace for England in the World Cup, and manager Roy Hodgson credited his defenders for taking goal scoring chances away from their opponents.
“I thought we were really unlucky not to win this game. I thought the whole back four was absolutely excellent.”
Hodgson also heaped praise on Daniel Sturridge, who kept his head in the game right to the end as England’s top striker. Sturridge may have only netted one goal in the World Cup, but found many opportunities to kick the ball into the back of the net. Hodgson has faith that Sturridge will continue to be one of England’s leading goal scorers in the future, alongside Wayne Rooney.
When the game clock expired and Costa Rica began celebrating, Hodgson pulled his players over to a corner of the pitch containing England’s largest group of fans. Cheers and a standing ovation from the most devoted followers rang through the ears of the English football squad, which Hodgson admitted was “an emotional moment” for every person on the national team.
England’s star players will return home without the World Cup trophy, but will begin making plans to bring home the Euro Cup in 2016.
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