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'Roy Hodgson should definitely take England to France in 2016. He has promoted youth.' - CCFC World Cup Review

20 June 2014

After England's defeat to Uruguay, Neil MacFarlane gives his thoughts on the game and Roy Hodgson's side...

England 1-2 Uruguay 

England look unlikely to progress into the last 16 after their second defeat in the group stages against Uruguay.

Coventry City assistant manager Neil MacFarlane shares his thoughts on England's defeat.

"I don't think England played as well as they did in the first game. England had spells but weren't consistent over the 90 minutes. Over the two games, England just haven't been good enough defensively.

"There were plenty of key moments in the game. Wayne Rooney missed a few chances whilst Luis Suarez put his chances away, that's the difference. It is a really poor second goal to concede especially when it is so late on and England probably deserved the draw, which wouldn't have been a bad result.

"Difficult to criticise the team selection in hindsight. Raheem Sterling did well in the Italy game and had to be kept in. To be fair, Rooney had chances so putting him in the central position is probably the right choice.

"I think whoever plays in the three behind the striker, they've got to interchange their positions more. That has got to come into England's game. 

"I don't think people need to be looking at it so radically. One of Roy Hodgson's remits when he took the job was to promote youth and he has done that. I think with the time on the pitch the young players have got, it should a positive for the future.

"He should definitely get the chance to take them to France in 2016."

Man of the Match: Luis Suarez - To do what he did with little match fitness, it was incredible. Some of his link play was very good but the way he took the two goals was world class. He was the difference.

Ratings: Uruguay 7, England 7.

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