Cahill: It was a 'cruel' defeat


Things looked promising at the start only for defensive weaknesses to eventually prove their undoing.

Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli scored the goals for Italy while Daniel Sturridge's close-range effort was all England had to show for their 18 shots in the 2-1 loss.

"We can take a lot of positives from that," Cahill said after the game. "I thought we played well.

"We started the way we wanted to start. We knew they had players who wanted to get on the ball.

"They have some very good players but we started the game really brightly, did well and there wasn't too much we did wrong. Unfortunately we were on the losing team but two good teams went at it.

"We had more joy second half. We had more possession, we were well in the game and I thought they found it difficult in the second half.

"We had a feeling out there that if we'd scored we could have gone on. We didn't. Sometimes it's cruel,” he added.

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