Jun 14, 2014 at 11pm UK at ‚ÄčArena 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

Gerrard
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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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