ENGLAND were ‘punished for their mistakes’ in their World Cup bout with Uruguay says former Ireland manager and player Steve Staunton.
But the Dundalk-native, who was signed for Aston Villa in 1986 and has been living in Birmingham ever since, would have liked to see them get through the group stages, he told The Irish Post.
“I was disappointed to see them go out, you would have liked to see England get through the group but there you go,” he said.
“But you just can’t make mistakes like they made and expect not to be punished,” he added.
However the former Aston Villa and Liverpool star - who featured in three World Cup tournaments for the Irish side - 1994, 1998 and 2002, before coaching his national team – claims he is not really following the action in Brazil.
“I’m more interested in the hurling and the Gaelic to be honest,” he told us.
“I’m very that glad Sky has just got the GAA on TV,” he added.
However, if Ireland had made the cut for the South American competition things would probably be different.
When asked if he shouts for England or Ireland from his West Midlands base, he added: “You don’t even need to ask that question.”