Tough, Not Impossible: England FIFA World Cup Team Gets 'Rare' Support from Press

England lost their opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2014 to Italy. The British press though has largely avoided bashing the team.

updated: June 15, 2014 18:12 IST
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London: Britain's famously raucous press held off Sunday from delivering the torrent of vitriol that usually follows an England tournament defeat, finding optimism in a "thrilling" FIFA World Cup encounter with Italy.

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Though Roy Hodgson's side lost Saturday's match in 2-1, the newspapers found England's attacking verve in Manaus a refreshing change and a source of optimism.

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