Richard Keys: England needed Chelsea duo Terry and Cole

Would England be without a win after two games if they had Chelsea stalwarts Ashley Cole and John Terry playing for them?

England have suffered two defeats in two games, and the inquest is already beginning.

While the Three Lions have appeared promising in attack at times, all the good work they have done has been quickly undone by poor defending.

The usually efficient Leighton Baines has appeared out of his depth at left-back, and his Everton team-mate Phil Jagielka was poor for both goals conceded against Uruguay.

He allowed Luis Suarez to peel off him for the first to head home unchallenged, while for the second he was caught out of position as the ball deflected off Steven Gerrard's head, leaving a gap at the back which Suarez pounced upon.

Former SkySports presenter Richard Keys posed a popular question after the game, asking if two Chelsea stalwarts would have made a difference.


John Terry was not available for selection due to reasons well documented relating to a court case in 2012, but there is no denying had it not been for that exceptional circumstance, he would likely have been partnering clubmate Gary Cahill rather than Jagielka being in there.

As for Ashley Cole, the defender's squad omission was one nobody saw coming 12 months ago, and was correlated to a lack of Premier League football after being omitted regularly by Jose Mourinho.

He proved however when handed a first start in three months in April in a Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid no less, that he still has it, helping the Blues keep a clean sheet at the Vicente Calderon.

Cole's experience in big games would have been well suited to the tricky opponents of Italy and Uruguay, who pounced on Baines' lack of it, with the Everton man exposed 2-on-1 frequently.

The duo may not have been popular picks had they both been available, but a few pundits who wrote them off, may just be wishing, like Keys, that they had been in Brazil last night.

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