With Thursday's 2-1 loss at the hands of Uruguay, the English national soccer team has lost consecutive games at the World Cup for the first time since 1950, per ESPN's Paul Carr.
While the pressure on the Three Lions won't lessen for any excuse, a lethal group draw is largely to blame.
England faced the always-threatening Italians to kick things off, ending up on the wrong side of a 2-1 score despite outpacing the Azzurri in shots (18 to 12), shots on goal (eight to five) and corners (nine to two). However, Italy did take 52 percent of the possession while drawing seven offsides to England's zero.
With Uruguay coming off a surprising loss to Costa Rica in its opener, both sides entered Thursday's match desperately in need of a point, if not three. What transpired was another evenly matched contest, with the English side once again coming out on the wrong side of a 2-1 decision.
England held 62 percent of the possession and accounted for eight of the 14 shots on goal, but it wasn't quite enough to overcome Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez, who notched his second career brace in World Cup play.
For the first time ever, England conceded multiple goals in consecutive games within the same World Cup, per ESPN's Paul Carr.
Now, after qualifying for the knockout stage in each of the last 10 World Cups, England finds itself on the brink of elimination, needing a number of results to go its way.
First, Italy must defeat Costa Rica on Friday, then England must do the same next Tuesday, while the Italians must take a full three points from Uruguay. At that point, Italy would go through with the maximum nine points, leaving Uruguay, England and Costa Rica at three points apiece.
All hope may seem lost, but the three results needed all require the favored team to win. Uruguay did itself no favors by losing 3-1 to Los Ticos, and the Italians have enough talent to put a dent in Costa Rica's goal differential.
Sure, it's a long shot, but don't count Roy Hodgson's boys out just yet.
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