Jordan Henderson insists England have no need to be deflated despite losing their opening World Cup game 2-1 to Italy on Saturday night.

The Three Lions suffered a narrow defeat as Group D got up and running in Brazil, but were by no means second best as they posed a constant threat to the Azzurri.

With two games left in the group, Henderson is eager to stress the importance of retaining a belief they can qualify for the next stage of the tournament.

"What we will do is keep confident, keep believing and look forward to the next game," said the Liverpool midfielder.

"I felt as though we gave it everything and we worked really well as a team.

"Going forward, I thought we were brilliant, especially in the first half. I thought we counter-attacked really well and obviously got the goal.

"In the second half, I thought we dominated with the ball, dominated with possession and penetrated with the passing and runs in behind, with a few chances.

"So it was disappointing [to lose] but we gave it everything we had."

Henderson's club mate Raheem Sterling was one of England's main positives in Manaus, with the 19-year-old turning in a fearless and effervescent display.

"We didn't know he was going to start until the day of the game," revealed Henderson.

"We didn't know the team, but there were no surprises that Raheem started because he has been brilliant in the games and brilliant in training.

"I think he was outstanding. He got on the ball, was confident taking players on and played a big part in the goal."