Alan Shearer criticises Liverpool's Sturridge and Sterling's England displays

Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

England suffered a second successive defeat, and Alan Shearer singled out two Liverpool players as evidence of the Three Lions going backwards.

For all the positivity still surrounding England after their opening game loss to Italy, it was lacking after losing by the same 2-1 scoreline to Uruguay.

Again sloppy defending let the Three Lions down, pounced upon by a ruthless striker. 

The misery was evidenced by Alan Shearer's especially depressing tone when discussing the game on the BBC ahead of his punditry turn for Japan v Greece.

The former Newcastle and Blackburn great said he was struggling to find reasons to be cheerful, and singled out two Liverpool players as being disappointing - and not Steven Gerrard.

He said: "There are not many positives to take. Rooney's first World Cup goal maybe.

"Sterling didn't turn up this evening, Sturridge struggled at times."

And with that, Shearer decided not to elaborate any more, although he is rarely known for his in-depth punditry, this was a soundbite which was particularly unfair to Sturridge.

The striker may not have found the net himself, but up until Rooney scored, he was England's brightest attacker, working hard to make something happen for himself - with five attempts on goal, and sacrificed himself to move to the right late into the second half.

He was however unsuccessful in the air, and unable to create any chances for his teammates.

  TeamTotal ShotsShots on TargetAerial Duels WonKey Passes
Daniel Sturridge England 5 3 0 0

Sterling, meanwhile was the one England player keen to take others on. His pass completion rate however dipped from 90 per cent against Italy to 81 per cent, while he was unable to create any chances. To say, like Shearer, that he did 'not turn up', however would seem to us more than a little harsh.

  TeamAccurate CrossWon DribblesPass Accuracy %Key Passes
Raheem Sterling England 0 5 81.82 0

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