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England World Cup media talk 16/06/14

16 June 2014

By Rhys Griffiths

Here are a selection of Monday 16th June's big stories from the media covering the England team as they look to recover from their their defeat at the hands of Italy in their Group D opener on Saturday

Hodgson insists England can still progress (The Guardian)

England boss Roy Hodgson has praised his young players for their performance and says his side can still progress despite defeat by Italy, the Guardian reports.

Speaking to the media after his side's 2-1 loss in Manaus on Saturday, Hodgson remained upbeat about his team's chances. He said: "The main positive I can take is that it's the best I have seen the team play in my time with them. It's good to know we have so many players who will make us a good team going forward."

Italy boss hails England's youthful attack (BBC)

Cesare Prandelli has described England as "one of the strongest teams in the World Cup" and recognised their change in style, the BBC reports.

The Italy manager was speaking after his side had defeated the Three Lions in Manaus, and compared the 2014 favourably with the side Italy faced at Euro 2012. "Until just a few years ago, England relied on long balls but they are now a skilled team with excellent triangular passing," Prandelli said.

Rooney: I'll fight for my place (The Telegraph)

After failing to score against Italy, Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has dismissed the suggestion he is guaranteed a place in the England starting XI, the Telegraph reports.

Speaking after the defeat against Italy, he said: "I've never felt that. Why would I feel my place in the team is guaranteed? I work hard to try to get into the team. I have never said my place is guaranteed."

More than 15m watch England defeat (BBC)

England's Group D opener against Italy on Saturday night attracted an audience of more than 15 million despite an 11pm kick off in the UK, the BBC reports.

According to overnight viewing figures the TV audience for the match, which was broadcast live on BBC One, peaked at 15.6 million just before half-time.

These stories have been selected from a variety of today's media sources and they do not represent the views of The Football League.

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