Fifa World Cup: British press praises England's opener

London, June 16: Britain's media Sunday published positive comments on and praised Roy Hodgson's team for their efforts even though England lost their World Cup D opener 1-2 to Italy Arena da Amazonia in Manaus Saturday.

"The defeat was no disgrace. The chances were created and spurned by Roy Hodgson's team also," the Telegraph said, reports Xinhua.

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"England can still progress. Group D does not mean death. Uruguay and Costa Rica can both be beaten."

The Guardian singled out 19-year-old forward Raheem Sterling for his outstanding efforts, saying, "He had a wonderfully exuberant performance and looked so utterly calm at the biggest stage of the world. It was not only his technique which stood out, though, he was everywhere."

England have won just 5 of their 14 opening matches at the WC so far

British media also discussed the performance of Wayne Rooney who worked tirelessly and set up England's goal but lost his spark later on.

The Telegraph said England needed to make a hard decision over Rooney and his position before the Uruguay game Thursday.

England have won only five of their opening games in 14 World Cup appearances.


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