Lambert: We’re desperate to win

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England are already knocked out of the tournament following two successive losses in Group D, and are looking to end their dismal tournament on a high when they tackle group leaders Costa Rica on Tuesday evening.

New Liverpool signing Rickie Lambert feels his side have been unlucky in the tournament so far.

"Games are mostly won on fine margins," he told FIFA.com. "Both games I thought we were better, I thought we were the better team, and we haven't managed to take our chances, and the opposition have taken their chances.”

Having received his first taste of World Cup football, Lambert conceded that it has been very difficult, labelling the competition as “ruthless”.

"It's ruthless, it's absolutely ruthless," said the 32-year-old. "It's something that I've never experienced before in my life, I've played in a lot of games but I've never played in a tournament.

“It's hard to forget about [getting knocked out] and start looking to the future, it's going to take time to get over what's happened.”

Lambert believes it is integral that the Three Lions maintain faith in the younger members of the current squad, as well as retain the services of manager Roy Hodgson.

"It's very important that we keep the group together, especially the young kids, and that the right man brings them on again,” he said.

“I think Roy is the right man. He has brought in young lads who've progressed so much and so quickly under him.

“It definitely wouldn't be the right thing now to change things. Under his guidance I think they're only going to get better."

And Lambert is desperate not to leave Brazil empty-handed.

"We don't want to finish on zero points,” he said. “It's definitely not what we want to do. We want to finish on a high.

"We understand it's a different kind of pressure that's going to be on the next game now, and we've got to handle that.

“It's a game that we're desperate to win."

Kick-off between England and Costa Rica is at 6pm.

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