Jun 14, 2014 at 11pm UK at ​Arena Amazonia, Manaus
England
1-2
Italy
Sturridge (37')
Sterling (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Marchisio (35'), Balotelli (50')

Steven Gerrard optimistic over England progress

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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Steven Gerrard says that England still have plenty to play for in the World Cup following their defeat to Italy.

Steven Gerrard has insisted that there is plenty of life left in England's World Cup campaign, despite losing their Group D opener to Italy this morning.

Goals in both halves from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli, either side of a Daniel Sturridge equaliser, condemned the Three Lions to a 2-1 defeat in their first game.

Costa Rica's shock 3-1 win over Uruguay on Saturday has blown the pool wide open, and the England skipper insists that a "doable" win over the Uruguayans on Thursday would reinvigorate their quest for the last-16 stage.

"Whatever the result tonight we would have had to go and beat Uruguay anyway," he told BBC Sport. "The challenge is a bit more difficult but certainly doable."

Thursday's clash kicks off at 8pm.

Italy's forward Mario Balotelli celebrates with teammates after scoring during a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
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