World Cup 2014: Daniel Sturridge feeling ‘positive’ about Uruguay clash
World Cup 2014: Daniel Sturridge insists England will go into Uruguay clash with "positive mentality and positive attitude"
Daniel Sturridge insists England will go into their Uruguay clash with a positive mentality despite a 2-1 loss to Italy in their World Cup opener.
The Liverpool striker had cancelled out Claudio Marchisio’s first-half opener before Mario Balotelli netted what proved to be 50th-minute winner.
The result doesn’t change anything. We’ve still got two games to show what we can do – two games to win
Costa Rica top Group D courtesy of a 3-1 victory over la Celeste, whilst Italy occupy second place ahead of Roy Hodgson’s side following Saturday’s events.
But Sturridge, who scored his first-ever World Cup goal in Manaus, feels England’s setback won’t change their approach to their final Group D games.
“It’s a big game but these are the games everyone looks forward to,” said Sturridge.
“We all want to play in it and regardless of whether we’d won today or not, we’d have still gone into it with a positive mentality and positive attitude, looking to win the match.
“The fact Uruguay lost earlier doesn’t really change anything. If they’d have won their game they’d still want to beat us and secure their advance to the next round as early as possible.
“The result doesn’t change anything. We’ve still got two games to show what we can do – two games to win.”