Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard to blame for England exit, says Diego Maradona

Argentina legend Diego Maradona believes Steven Gerrard must accept blame for England's premature World Cup exit

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard Photo: Back Page Images

Steven Gerrard must accept the blame for England’s premature World Cup exit, according to Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

The 34-year-old Three Lions captain lost the ball in the lead up to Luis Suarez’s opener before his header inadvertently fell into the path of his Liverpool team-mate as the Uruguay striker sealed a 2-1 win on Thursday.

Gerrard and the English defence must take the blame for both Uruguay goals

Diego Maradona

To compound what has been a miserable World Cup following losses to Italy and Uruguay, Cesare Prandelli’s men suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat by Costa Rica to send Roy Hodgson’s men packing after just two games.

And Maradona, who won the World Cup in 1986, is adamant that Gerrard must shoulder most of the blame for England’s shock exit.

“Gerrard and the English defence must take the blame for both Uruguay goals. When [Nicolas] Lodeiro started his run before the first, Gerrard could have done better,” the Argentina legend wrote in his column for Times of India.

“It was Gerrard again who made a mess of a long shot from the Uruguayan goalkeeper after England had equalised. The ball went to Suarez, who once again found a lot of room in the penalty area before unleashing a ferocious shot.

“You can’t afford [to do] that with a striker of his class and England paid the price.”

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