28 June 2010 | News

We are all to blame - Gerrard

England skipper Steven Gerrard admitted ‘everyone is to blame’ as Fabio Capello's side made an inglorious exit from the World Cup at the last 16 stage.

Germany registered their biggest ever win over England by triumphing 4-1 in Bloemfontein.

And Gerrard insisted the effort from Frank Lampard which crossed the line but was not allowed should not be used as an excuse for England's below-par performance.

He said: ‘Everyone in the dressing room was hurting afterwards, the coaching staff and the players.

‘We'll go away in the summer and analyse things personally and as a team.

‘Who is to blame, the manager or the players? Everyone is to blame. We came into this tournament with big togetherness and it would be very unfair of me to pick out individuals.

‘For me it's the group. If we'd have won we'd have all got pats on the back so we have to take the responsibility and the grief ourselves.

‘The manager is disappointed obviously. I'm sure tonight or in the morning he'll watch the video and speak to us when he's got more time.

‘He was only in the dressing room briefly, but you could see the disappointment on his face and he is hurting like the rest of us.’

Gerrard accepts there may be changes to the squad by the time the Euro 2012 campaign gets under way but hopes Capello will stay at the helm.

He said: ‘We'll have to see what the future holds. We've got an experienced team and players who are getting on.

‘I'm sure they'll be changes by the time the next tournament comes around.

‘They're questions you'll have to ask the manager. I don't know what changes are going to be made.’

Gerrard added: ‘I'm sure Fabio will stay and take us through the next campaign and he'll address his own situation very soon.

‘Personally I'd like him to stay as I think he's a fantastic manager.’

Lampard's shot looked over the line and would have brought England back to 2-2.

But Gerrard conceded: ‘If you look at the game as a whole we've been beaten by the better team.

‘We had good parts of the game where we passed the ball well and got into good areas.

‘At 2-1 if Frank's goal would have counted it could have been a turning point in the game, but we can't use that as an excuse.

‘They've scored four goals and we only got one, which tells it's own story.

‘We made too many mistakes as a team. Germany were more organised than us and were clinical.’