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The five biggest flops of the World Cup

By Agencies
The five biggest flops of the World Cup

England's Steven Gerrard squats on the pitch after their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Costa Rica at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, June 24, 2014. (Photo / Agencies)

Steven Gerrard has a habit of digging his side out of trouble when it needs him. He also has a habit of making costly mistakes.

The latter was the case during a disastrous World Cup campaign that is likely to prompt the Liverpool midfielder's retirement from international football.

Still reeling from the slip against Chelsea in May that may have cost his club the Premier League title, Gerrard's mistakes against Uruguay ensured that England's World Cup ended in the group stage for the first time since 1958.

After a poor display in the defeat to Italy in which he was outpassed and overrun, Gerrard's made errors in the build-up to both Uruguay goals in the 2-1 defeat in Sao Paulo.

He blundered on the halfway line with a weak challenge in the lead up to Luis Suarez's opener and then headed the ball straight to Suarez late on to allow his Liverpool teammate to slam home the winner.

 
 
 
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