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 admits he is "proud" of England's performance against Italy

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 praises the performance of his teammates in the 2-1 defeat to Italy, admitting that he is "proud" of the display.

England captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that he was "proud" of England's performance, despite suffering a 2-1 defeat to Italy on Saturday.

Goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli either side of Daniel Sturridge's equaliser meant that Roy Hodgson's side started their World Cup with a loss.

However, although disappointed with the final result, Gerrard praised the performance of his teammates, who ran Italy close throughout the game.

"It's always disappointing to lose a game but I'm certainly not disappointed in my teammates with the effort, desire and commitment in the performance we gave," Gerrard told reporters.

"We can't be down after a performance like that. I'm really proud of how we played."

England face Uruguay on Thursday evening.

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli gestures to his players from the sidelines 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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