Steven Gerrard has been singled out by many as the villain in England’s disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign.
The Three Lions will go home after their final Group D game against Costa Rica following back-to-back defeats against Italy and Uruguay.
While Roy Hodgson’s side could hold their heads up high for their encouraging performance against the Italians, on Thursday they were terribly poor against the South Americans.
Gerrard was at fault for Uruguay’s second and winning goal in Sao Paulo, as he failed to properly head away a goal kick from Fernando Muslera.
The 34-year-old midfielder’s Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez took advantage of that mistake and slammed home the ball past England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
With Italy suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Friday, 1966 World Cup winners England are now out of the tournament in Brazil, with Gerrard facing the brunt of criticisms.
Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who led his country to World Cup triumph as a player back in 1986, has now blamed the Liverpool star, claiming that he was at fault for both the goals.
‘Gerrard and the English defence must take the blame for both Uruguay goals’, the 53-year-old wrote in The Times of India. ‘When [Nicolas] Lodeiro started his run before the first, Gerrard could have done better... It was Gerrard again who made a mess of a long shot from the Uruguayan goalkeeper after England had equalised’.
Maradona is an outspoken man and often his opinions are rather strange. However, on this occasion, he gets it spot on about Gerrard’s contribution to England’s failure in Brazil.
However, for England to get past this and rise again, they should not look for individuals to blame but instead try to improve in the future.