The Manchester United trio of Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa all suffered disappointment on the third day of this years World Cup competition, as Japan and England both slumped to 2-1 defeats at the hands of the Ivory Coast and Italy respectively.
England 1-2 Italy
England’s campaign has sadly started in disappointment despite a decent all-round performance. The Three Lions fired out of the blocks and created excellent opportunities all game long, but couldn’t take enough of them to hurt Italy. Wayne Rooney was arguably the poorest player on the pitch in terms of going forward, despite putting in a super cross to Daniel Sturridge for his goal in the first half.
Danny Welbeck had a superb hour of football, and was certainly unlucky when he was substituted off mid-way through the second half. Perhaps Roy Hodgson’s weakness is that he sees both Rooney and Gerrard as undroppable.
Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan
Shinji Kagawa is usually excellent for his country, but he wasn’t anywhere near clinical enough when going forward last night. He couldn’t create any great opportunities which is usually his strength, and he struggled to break through a stern Ivory Coast defence. In a group alongside Columbia and Greece, Japan simply must win their next game if they want to have any chance of progressing.