Uruguay is a must-win for fans as England loses

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Jubilation turned to frustration as England fell at the first hurdle of the World Cup 2014.

But fans are now hyped up for the game versus Uruguay on Thursday which many are calling a must-win.

Fans watch the England match at The Red Lion Hotel pub in Cosham. L-R Toni Gofton, Kirsty Craig, Jenni Morris, Charlene Couzens, Troy Fisher.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (141776-2) PPP-140615-014435001

Fans watch the England match at The Red Lion Hotel pub in Cosham. L-R Toni Gofton, Kirsty Craig, Jenni Morris, Charlene Couzens, Troy Fisher. Picture: Paul Jacobs (141776-2) PPP-140615-014435001

Both teams lost their opening games with Uruguay losing 3-1 to Costa Rica and England slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Italy in Manaus.

For the punters at the Red Lion Hotel, in Cosham, the winner of the next game will be one of the teams to qualify from the group stages.

Paul Miller, 37, said: ‘Uruguay is a massive game now. It was a big game anyway but now both teams have lost, it is a must-win for England.

‘I think that whoever wins it will join Italy in qualifying.

‘It’s a massive game; I cannot wait for it. I think we stand a good chance of winning.’

Alan Butler and his 16-year-old son James, from Cosham, think that England need to win the final two games.

Alan said: ‘I thought Uruguay was the biggest game of the group.

‘It is even bigger now we’ve lost one and they’ve lost one.’

James added: ‘I think it will be the main game.

‘But I reckon England have a good chance of qualification.’

Fans across Portsmouth packed into the pubs to watch the game and at the Red Lion Hotel, the atmosphere was electric.

The crowd erupted within minutes of the game kicking off when they thought England had scored.

Dressed in white shirts and red accessories, waving their England flags, the fans kept the faith even when Italy went 1-0 up.

Bursts of England chants lifted the mood and when England scored, the place shook.

Fans screamed, jumped around and hugged whoever was nearest to them as replays of Daniel Sturridge’s goal was shown on the several televisions in the pub.

But euphoria quickly turned to frustration as Mario Balotelli scored in the first five minutes of the second half.

When the final whistle blew, fans were either trying to stay positive or were showing their frustration at the loss.

Kirstie Craig, 27, from Waterlooville, said: ‘To be honest, if we get out of the group stages, that would an achievement.

‘But it is difficult to see us qualifying now.

‘Although, now Costa Rica have beat Uruguay, we might stand a chance.’

Angie Fry, from Cosham, said she would love to see England win the World Cup.

‘It would be amazing if we won. I would love to see it,’ she said.

Despite a shaky start to the tournament, fans are still hopeful that England will reach the latter stages of the competition.

Anne Hill, 28, from Wymering, said: ‘I think England have a good chance of reaching the quarter-finals and maybe further if we avoid a difficult draw.

‘If we were to get to the final, I would like to avoid Germany or Argentina.

‘I think those are definitely the ones to watch.’

England now sit third in the Group D table and will travel to Sao Paulo to face Uruguay this Thursday.

The game kicks off at 8pm.

The other group game, Italy versus Costa Rica, will be played before the England game with a 5pm kick-off.