Jun 19, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
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Steven Gerrard: England are "clutching at straws" now

Steven Gerrard of England looks on during the England press conference ahead of their first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil against Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 13, 2014
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England captain Steven Gerrard says that his team are "clutching at straws" in regards to their last-16 claim following the defeat to Uruguay.

Steven Gerrard has admitted that England's 2-1 loss to Uruguay on Thursday has left his team "clutching at straws" over their World Cup aspirations.

Roy Hodgson's side are on the brink of suffering a group-stage exit for the first time since 1958, as an 85th-minute winner from Luis Suarez condemned England to defeat in Sao Paulo.

The Three Lions need to beat Costa Rica in their final Group D encounter on Tuesday and hope that Italy win their remaining two fixtures in the pool to stand any hope of making the last 16.

As a result, Gerrard, whose error led to Suarez's late winner, believes that it would be a tall order for his nation to progress into the latter stages.

"Italy are a fantastic team and capable of winning both games but we're clutching at straws," he told FIFA.com.

"The position we're in is the position we didn't want to be in coming into the tournament, relying on other people's results. It's very difficult at the moment."

England's fate could be sealed this evening if Costa Rica emerge from their clash with the Azzurri with a point or better.

 Luis Suarez of Uruguay scores his team's second goal against Gary Cahill of England during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match  on June 19, 2014
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