21 Jun 2014

Uruguay beat England, end hopes

11:57 am on 21 June 2014

England's football World Cup hopes are over after losing 2-1 to Uruguay in their group D match in Sao Paulo, and because Costa Rica beat Italy the next day.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez emerged from a month of treatment on his injured knee to score both goals for Uruguay, one in each half, while Wayne Rooney scored for England - his first World Cup goal.

Because the Costa Ricans beat Italy and both won their opening games before Costa Rica beat Italy 1-0 on Saturday to book their place in the round of 16, England are eliminated from playoff contention.

Italy now need at least a draw from their final game against Uruguay, also on three points, to go through on goal difference, while Uruguay must win to progress to the knockout stages.