PHOTO: Sturridge all smiles with Liverpool target despite defeat

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge feels “gutted” about England’s defeat to Italy, but retains hopes of progress to the last 16 of the World Cup.

England may have made a disappointing start to their 2014 World Cup campaign, but not without giving it their all.

The Three Lions were very lively and spirited against Italy in their opening Group D clash at the Arena da Amazania in Manaus, but still went down 2-1.

Manager Roy Hodgson and his players can hold their heads up high and feel proud about their display, which was very encouraging and positive.

True, England were not clinical and looked vulnerable at the back, but they were much better than they were two years ago against the same opposition in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 in Kiev.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was one of the England players who had a good game overall. The 24-year-old headed into the World Cup on the back a brilliant season for the Reds and looked very good against Italy.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City forward scored the equaliser for England in the first half and also forced a good save out of Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. It was his first World Cup goal and he was understandably pleased.

After the match, Sturridge took to social networking site Twitter to post a picture of him and Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana – who has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool this summer – smiling and trying to ease the pain of defeat to Italy.

Sturridge also took to Instagram and posted the following picture along with the message: ‘Gutted we didn't win... Life goes on though 2 big games coming up!! Thanks to God for my 1st goal and happy bday to my mom... Love to all...’.

England may have dropped all three points in their opening game of the World Cup, but the 1966 winners do have every possibility of progressing to the last 16.

Uruguay suffered a shock defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday, and that will give the Three Lions optimism heading into their clash against the South Americans on Thursday.

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