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World Cup 2014 live blog: Reaction to defeat for England against Italy in Manaus

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the third day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Marc Williams and Sam Dymond were in position to talk you through England's defeat to Italy, Costa Rica's humbling of Uruguay and Colombia's confident showing against Greece as they happened...


  • Hello and welcome along to the Independent's live coverage of day three of the 2014 World Cup and what a first two days we've had. 

    Day two served up some true magic! Reigning champs Spain (or should that be 5PA1N?) being humbled by the Netherlands, Australia showing they aren't quite the whipping boys everyone thought, despite going down 3-1 to Chile, and Mexico and Cameroon serving up a hum-dinger first thing yesterday. All that in one day! I do love the World Cup...

    All that after Brazil kicked off the tournament in style in a great match with Croatia, in which the hosts just about prevailed 3-1.

    And now, AND NOW!! We have England's big opener against Italy plus three other live games throughout today!

    Phew, can't ask for more than that, super stuff and it's only the third day. Best World Cup ever? Early days but it's started with a bang. 

    So, keep with us throughout the day and we'll bring you all the breaking news, talking points and, of course, the live action a bit later on. Enjoy!

    Will this RVP beauty be beaten as the best goal of the tournament so far today??



    6/14/2014 10:30:07 AM
  • The wait is finally over for all England fans. After years of qualifying, months of build-up and what has felt like a life-time praying that Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard don't get injured, England will meet their old foes Italy at 11pm our time tonight. 

    Are you ready for it, are ya?? Roy Hodgson has had two years with his men and put his stamp on the team. It's now time to stop the talking and start the walking, err, running.

    England's last action at a major tournament was, obviously, that penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy two years ago but tonight they have the chance to settle some demons.

    Italy, and that devilishly good looking man Andrea Pirlo, are a tough one to open with but England have a new, young squad and time will only tell how they have developed from Euro 2012. 

    Plenty of time until the big kick-off and we'll have all the news and talking points leading up to 11pm. 

    In Roy's boys we trust 




    6/14/2014 10:51:28 AM
  • A lot of the talk prior to England's opener has been about the pitch in Manaus. Captain Steven Gerrard and Roy Hodgson have said that there's nothing to worry about and that the pitch is playing well, hmm. 

    Ground staff at the stadium did appear to be painting the pitch with green spray paint yesterday (spray paint seems to be an early theme of these championships with the referees' darling little cans for free-kicks) but the England camp say there's no probs!

    “With experience I've learned to wait to judge it for myself. It's easy to read things or go on other people's opinions and believe the wrong things. It's totally fine. The grass is the perfect length. The sun's off the pitch at 4.30 and we don't kick off at 6pm. It'll be zippy. Perfect.

    6/14/2014 10:55:22 AM
  • England and Italy both trained on the Amazonia Arena pitch yesterday and, apart from the few brown spots, both teams seemed happy with the surface, we'll make up our own minds tonight, shall we?



    6/14/2014 11:01:05 AM
  • ETA to kick-off, just the 11 hours to go, and Steven Gerrard, our captain and leader, has had his say ahead of the big game. 

    England are going to go for the jugular according to Gezza and how the public here in Blighty would love to see that!

    “Our plan is not to sit back and camp out on the edge of our box and see what happens. We have a game plan to go and attack with confidence and belief, but one of Roy Hodgson’s main strengths is having a team that is set up and well-organised and that will never change."

    He spoke at the Three Lions' presser before the Italy clash and read all about it in Sam Wallace's piece. 
    6/14/2014 11:06:27 AM

  • He's a focused man! 

    6/14/2014 11:08:17 AM
  • Let's check in with good old Twitter for the first time today. Plenty of you getting excited...




    6/14/2014 11:11:12 AM


  • The number one position is a pivotal spot for any of the 32 teams in the World Cup this summer and in Joe Hart, England have a goodun of a goalkeeper! 

    He had a mixed season last year, losing his place before regaining it and propelling his Manchester City side to the Premier League title. 

    We all got a bit worried when his performances started to slip but now he is fully fit and back to near his best. 

    Here's a little something for all you fans out there, he loves the England support too, good man! None of that pressure nonsense or yelling at the camera from him, just pride and passion!

    “It means a lot to have both your club and country behind you. I’d like to think that I repay that faith by working hard and giving my best. Sometimes my best isn’t good enough. Sometimes all of our best isn’t good enough. That’s life. I had to get my head down, respect people’s opinions and work hard to get to my best.

    6/14/2014 11:19:09 AM
  • Deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, between the deadly snakes and the poisonous frogs is Manaus, England's home for the past few days and the setting for tonight's game. All looks quite peaceful at the moment. 







    6/14/2014 11:24:54 AM
  • We've got Roy! A man who has more experience than he knows what to do with. You can't swing a cat in Brazil at the moment without hitting someone that Hodgson has either worked with or managed.

    But now, this World Cup, with his own England team and two years to prepare must be his biggest challenge ever, agree? No, yes, maybe?

    You wouldn't know from talking to him with all his eloquence and class in abundance but our main man must surely be feeling the pressure as Sam Wallace reports. 


    England have never had a manager given to quoting Latin, and Fabio Capello was Italian. But Hodgson’s mind is given to spark in these moments, an eloquent man who never troubled England’s great seats of learning but can be found with his nose in a book at every spare moment. As with his literary interest, so too his management career. Both paths have been unorthodox. He is self-educated, a Jude the Obscure for 21st-century English football.

    6/14/2014 11:33:31 AM
  • Some Twitter highlights this lunchtime for all your enjoyment.



    6/14/2014 11:37:58 AM
  • A bore draw. We hate it as fans but is it what England need against Italy tonight?? 

    History would say… YES, GET THAT 0-0 BOYS!!

    All of England's best performances at tournaments gone by have begun with a dreary, boring draw and if the Three Lions kick off their campaign with a goalless snooze fest tonight, well, happy days potentially.   

    The 1966 triumph began with England unable to break down a Uruguayan team who barely left their half. “This was a bad English team,” declared Vittorio Pozzo, coach to Italy’s 1934 and 1938 champions, after the goalless stalemate.

    6/14/2014 11:48:45 AM
  • We've had Paul the octopus, some penguins, elephants and a whole load of other physic animals predicting past tournaments and now there's a new one. 

    Introducing… Archerfish! The latest thing out of Japan. Not sure if this one is going to take off, I'm afraid. 


    6/14/2014 11:55:12 AM
  • Have you got a England flag fixed into the window of your car? A St George's flag draped over your front door? Some bunting over the fire-place? 

    Well, if you have, it seems you're pretty much by yourself as the English public have put a halt to their expectations over the national side and all the fun that goes with it. 

    There's always a few over the top candidates who decorate their houses to the nines with all things england but that is slowly fading away. 

    Read Glenn Moore's article about the end of an era. Let's get those flags back out, dust them off and get behind our boys! 

    Not this time. The torrent of emailed PR guff tangentially linked to the tournament may suggest otherwise, but despite the best efforts of the bookies, tabloids and publicans much of England has so far been resistant to World Cup fever. There are few flags fluttering from cars and barely an overpriced shirt to be seen. Much of what advance participation there is has been celebrating the advent of the competition rather than just England’s involvement.

    6/14/2014 12:03:06 PM
  • Maybe that lack of jingoism is because of Twitter. The social media juggernaut is still awash with patriotic goodness. 



    6/14/2014 12:05:33 PM


  • Two young guns
    who are likely to go head-to-head tonight are Danny Welbeck of England and Italy's Marco Verratti!

    Read up about Italy's new midfield maestro and impress your friends later tonight with some of Jack Pitt-Brooke's insider knowledge. 

    Verratti is less known. He has never played in a senior international tournament, although he did unpick an England team including Jordan Henderson in a European Under-21 Championship game in Tel Aviv last year. Italy won 1-0. The only time Verratti has faced English club opposition was in the Champions League quarter-final for Paris Saint-Germain against Chelsea earlier this year.

    And, if you're a die-hard England fan you'll want to know about Welbeck's inclusion tonight and Roy Hodgson's plan for Italy. 

    Don't say I don't treat you all well! 

    Roy loves a bit of the United man and Ian Herbert has the low-down! 

    Hodgson is a huge Welbeck fan and decided weeks ago on a specific tactical plan for him – based on the fact that he is far more capable of winning possession of the ball than Sterling. The England manager also knows that Welbeck  has enough pace to damage Italy on the counter-attack. 

    6/14/2014 12:14:27 PM
  • Nothing to do with anything I'm saying but how cool are these



    6/14/2014 12:16:11 PM
  • Right, on that note, let's leave England for a while and have a look around the rest of the tournament. 
    6/14/2014 12:18:13 PM
  • Louis van Gaal has said that his Netherlands team can get even better after their 5-1 demolition of Spain last night.

    Even better, Van Gaal?! You just best the reigning champs and one of the best sides ever 5-1! Blimy.

    “Yes, we can get better, without a shadow of a doubt. You could see this in the last 20 minutes when we started to play the ball around with confidence. Then you could see how good these players can be. This result gives them confidence and I expect them to get better.

    Last night also produced one of my favourite footballing moments in recent memory, RVP and LVG's high five after the strikers' stunning header! Loved it!

    HIGH FIVE!! 

    On last night's showing the Dutch will be a force to be reckoned with this summer and, with Australia next up, they could top the group above Spain, not many thought that would happen.

    Whatever they do for the rest of the World Cup, I just want more high fives!
    6/14/2014 12:25:08 PM
  • The Twittershpere is still purring from last night's performance by the Dutch. Not totally sure what the whole Shaquille O'Neal thing is all about though!


    6/14/2014 12:29:14 PM
  • Do you want to relive the Spain v Holland game last night? It was one of the best, most unexpected games I've seen for some time, so I'm sure you do!

    Read Simon Hart's take on Group B's opener and enjoy!

    Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. It did not feel cold in the humidity of a Salvador evening but four years after losing the World Cup final to Spain, the Netherlands exacted revenge in quite stunning fashion here last night.

    6/14/2014 12:32:54 PM
  • Plenty of happy Dutch faces after last night's thriller and why on earth not!!







    6/14/2014 12:36:45 PM
  • Spain had a bit of a nightmare last night, well, in fact, a full blown Freddie Kruger moment! For Cesar Azpilicueta it was even worse.

    Google, the biggest and most widely known internet site in the world, could only manage 'Dave' and nowhere near his really name, Azpilicuate is a noodle-scratcher though! 

    Poor lad, poor Spain. 

    The world's largest search engine has unveiled a new latest score feature in which the team line-ups can be accessed.

    While the names of every other player are spelt out in full, including those of team-mates including Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Diego Costa, in place of Azpilicueta is 'Cez (Dave)'.


    6/14/2014 12:46:00 PM

  • Is it a bird, is it a plane? 

    For all Spain's heartbreak, the Dutch had ball and one man, RVP, got his head on that ball in some style!

    Manchester United fans the world over were no doubt smiling from ear to ear with their main man and THAT goal! 

    But were does it rank in his all time best?? That volley against Charlton springs to mind, that volley against Aston Villa springs to mind and that volley agsint Everton springs to mind as well but last night's header was something special. 

    Our man James Orr reckons it's up there, do you agree?

    Seemingly out of nowhere, Robin van Persie met Daley Blind's 45-yard cross with a sublime header to equalise for the Netherlands in their shock 5-1 victory over Spain, leaving goalkeeper Iker Casillas stranded.

    6/14/2014 12:53:16 PM
  • Enough about the Dutch, it is hard to stop talking about them after last night to be fair though! And on with the show!
    6/14/2014 12:54:41 PM
  • If you were in a hole somewhere or have no TV, laptop, phone, tablet, brother, sister, aunt, you may not know that there was two other games yesterday. 

    Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0 in a game charged with controversy and Chile just about dealt with an Australia side that surprised more than a few, beating them 3-1 but that doesn't tell the true story!

    First up, hark back to the early kick-off yesterday with Tim Rich's report from Mexico's win. A game that saw poor old ex-Tottenham man Giovani dos Santos have two perfectly good goals chalked off. 

    But for Oribe Peralta’s goal, the safety of the Colombian officials would have been hard to guarantee had they met the Mexico manager, Miguel Herrera, in the stadium corridors. Poorly judged offside calls had cost Giovani dos Santos two legitimate goals which might have turned the game into something of a sporting scandal.

    Then, after the fireworks from the Dutch, was Chile v Australia. While the Chileans started like they had the most fiery of jalapeños stuck somewhere with two quick fire goals inside 18 minutes, the Aussies did show that they won't be the push overs everyone thought! 


    The South Americans had threatened a rout after goals from Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia in a whirlwind opening 15 minutes at the Arena Pantanal.

    But Australia, the Group B outsiders, showed fighting spirit to reply through inspirational veteran Tim Cahill and they went close to equalising before Jean Beausejour secured the points in stoppage time.


    6/14/2014 1:01:51 PM

  • Will he score tonight? 


    After that whistle stop tour of yesterday's action, let's have some more England stuff! 

    Here's David Brown's preview complete with facts, figures, classic moments and a whole loads of other goodness to get you geared up for the big kick-off, now just under 9 hours away! 

    Andrea Pirlo’s performance against England at Euro 2012 still haunts Scott Parker, Steven Gerrard and the rest of the England team who were played off the park by a midfield maestro at the top of his game, who made everything look so easy. This impressive display was topped off by an audacious penalty against Joe Hart, where he chipped the ball down the middle, leaving the England keeper looking a little embarrassed. England fans will be hoping that there is no repeat of this on Saturday.

    6/14/2014 1:10:20 PM
  • Calling all Tim Sherwood fans! 

    Everyone loves the World Cup and the man who made the gilet famous is no different. Check out his take on the early action from Brazil. 

    My belief is that a team requires a ball-playing midfielder. One who can pass the ball forward from deep positions and bring other players into the game. That was what Brazil teams had when I watched them as a kid but I did not feel that way this time.

    6/14/2014 1:12:56 PM
  • Well said everyone, enjoy, it's only once every four years!




    6/14/2014 1:15:17 PM
  • There is, of course, plenty of other World Cup business to be dealt with today besides England's clash with Italy. 

    Three other mouth-watering fixtures today on a bumper day of action. Colombia v Greece, Uruguay v Costa Rica and Ivory Coast v Japan are all on in and around the England game with the first getting going at 5pm! Stay with us for all the live action throughout the day. 

    We've got the Falcao-less Colombia taken on the Mitroglou-yes Greeks first up today and check out Miguel Delaney's take on what could happen later on! 

    It certainly feels one of football’s quirks that the injured Radamel Falcao will not be available for this World Cup, while Greek manager Fernando Santos has just declared that Kostas Mitroglou will be fit.

    James Rodriguez will be a massive player for the South American side tonight!

    J-Rod time! 

    6/14/2014 1:22:56 PM
  • Not sure what they are saying but I'm sure it's all about how Colombia are going to win!




    6/14/2014 1:36:02 PM
  • What about the players who will make the difference tonight?

    In the absence of Radamel Falcao, Jackson Martinez will take on the role as star striker for Colombia. Martinez has been working hard in Portugal for the part two season with Porto, finishing the league's top-scorer two years in succession and earning plaudits from across the world.

    After Colombia were handed a relatively simple group, opinions of the country's chances rose and if they can turn their free-flowing football into goals, they could go far and Martinez could end up top of the goal scoring tables. 

    He bagged three in qualifying and has since scored a hat full of goals in friendly matches. 

    One to look out of, that's for sure!
    6/14/2014 1:41:02 PM
  • And the Greeks?

    For them it is captain Georgois Karagounis! The Fulham faithful have loved having him in their ranks over the past two seasons, even if he was unable to help them avoid relegation.

    As the leading appearance maker for his country, Karagounis will provide all his experience and knowledge in abundance and the Greeks will want to give this World Cup a real good go and give a better showing of themselves than that of four years ago.

    Their captain and leader will be at the heart of anything good they do! 
    6/14/2014 1:45:00 PM
  • Back to the England camp! Steven Gerrard has come out and told the world that his team will use no excuse regardless of what happens later today! 

    Gezza was in confident mood during the pre-match press conference but he will comment on the weather, pitch, opponents or anything else should England not get a good results against Italy. 

    He also promised to go on the attack, music to ears of every England fan! 


    “But it is the players’ responsibility to get the transition right on when to be bold and brave and attack and go for the jugular and when to stick together when times are tough.”

    6/14/2014 1:50:02 PM

  • All smiles at the moment. We're with you mate! 

    6/14/2014 1:53:27 PM
  • Fancy a nice video?? Just 8 more little hours to go before England get going in this World Cup, so take a few minutes and enjoy our latest video from the camp! 




    6/14/2014 1:57:33 PM
  • England to go for the jugular in the jungle - Steven Gerrard! Like it Stevie! 
    6/14/2014 1:58:50 PM




  • Up first from Gourp D
    is Uruguay v Costa Rica, England's future opponents in the coming days. 
    Luis Suarez may be rested for this game with more challenging ties coming up and Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay's boss, could turn elsewhere to give his superstar more time to recover. 

    England will have one eye on this game to see what shape their group rivals are in and Tim Rich, coming to you live from Fortaleza (the lucky so and so), talks us through tonight's game.

    Although the Liverpool striker returned to full training on Thursday, less than three weeks after a knee operation, it is unlikely he will be risked today against Costa Rica, the weakest team in Group D, but  his manager, Oscar Tabarez, is confident he will play some part against England next Thursday.

    6/14/2014 2:04:06 PM
  • Colombia v Greece is now just two hours away and all the team news coming up as soon as we get it!
    6/14/2014 2:04:47 PM
  • As is the case these days, whenever someone does something good, Twitter, Facebook and social media come alive! RVP's stunning header last night was made into all manner of hilarious snap shots just minutes after going in. 

    Just like Mario Balotelli's muscle flex after scoring in the Euros two years ago, Van Persie has been made into a dolphin, a WWE star and Superman in a series of top mock-ups!

    Made me chuckle, so check out our gallery of the best ones here. 

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? 

    6/14/2014 2:10:01 PM
  • Awwwww


    6/14/2014 2:26:46 PM
  • Some team news for you all concerning Italy ahead of the game tonight and it's big bad Buffon!

    Prandelli, Italy's boss, has said how his number 'keeper and a sort of talisman for the national side is a doubt.

    Could be helpful for England, that but it appears to be only a slight injury. 

    He twisted his ankle very lightly," Prandelli said of the 36-year-old Juventus man. "It was a very, very light ankle twist. 



    6/14/2014 2:32:37 PM
  • The sign of a true World Cup fan is watching that unglamorous game that comes at the end of a full day's top action.

    The sign of a true World Cup addict is watching said game even when it doesn't kick-off until 2am!

    Cue Ivory Coast v Japan!

    There's plenty of Premier League stars on show in this one, well at least Yaya Toure and Shinji Kagawa anyways.

    Let Miguel Delaney take you through the Group C clash!
    6/14/2014 2:36:57 PM
  • Make sure you keep up-to-date with all things going on across the Independent's website!! 



    6/14/2014 2:39:09 PM


  • Hello, I'm Michael Caine and welcome to the Italy job! 

    Well not quite, Michael, but for tonight Roy has come up with an equally detailed plan for England's opening Group D game and it's all about Danny Welbeck! 

    Ian Herbert tells us about Roy's plan on how to get some revenge over those Italians. 

    Hodgson, who believes that the match against Italy is “Welbeck’s game”, was dealt a huge boost yesterday afternoon when the 23-year-old shrugged off fitness doubts to train with the squad in  a gymnasium session. He had missed Wednesday’s training session with the tight hamstring which saw him limp off from England’s Rio training pitch on Tuesday. Hodgson’s desire is for the United forward to start on the left but come inside to put pressure on Daniele De Rossi – and ideally take the ball off him, stifling a key supply line for the Italians.

    6/14/2014 2:44:20 PM
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