From the Back Pages, June 15: WORLD CUP 2014 - England 1, Italy 2

From the back pages
From the back pages

ENGLAND 1 ITALY 2 The whistle goes and it’s a defeat for England and a deserved victory for the Italians. There are positives in defeat - the performance of Raheem Sterling being a real highlight, but there was old failings too. One particular old failing goes by the name of Wayne Rooney. (The Telegraph)

England physio Gary Lewin was stretchered off with a dislocated ankle in bizarre circumstances after Daniel Sturridge’s equaliser. (Daily Mail)

COSTA RICA earn a surprising win over Uruguay thanks to a stunning performance by Arsenal forward Joel Campbell. (The Express)

The World Cup will miss Radamel Falcao but Colombia have started just fine without him. Confident, composed and in control against ineffective Greece, José Pékerman’s team reaffirmed their dark-horse credentials in emphatic style as they recorded the biggest victory in Colombia’s turbulent World Cup history in the absence of their leading striker. (The Guardian)

Kumar Sangakkara celebrated his final tour of England by achieving what some of the modern greats failed to do – score a Test hundred at Lord’s. England stopped the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting reaching three figures at the world’s most famous ground. (The Mirror)

If hell does not exist, there is always the South Island of New Zealand on a cold winter’s night with the All Blacks in the mood for blood. The scoreline may suggest that England are inching ever closer to the world champions – a five-point defeat in Auckland in the opening Test of this series, a one-point heartbreaker yesterday – but while they are not a million miles away, this was a more clear-cut victory for Richie McCaw and his silver-ferned compatriots, who played their most brilliant rugby when the game was in the balance. (The Independent)

Contador wrests Dauphiné yellow from Froome. Late burst takes Spaniard into eight-second overall lead as British rider suffers following Friday crash. (The Times)