Steven Gerrard believes England can reap the rewards of a 'same again' attitude when they take on Uruguay on Thursday night.

The Three Lions were unfortunate to kick off their World Cup campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat to Italy at the weekend.

Uruguay also suffered disappointment - a shock 3-1 loss to Costa Rica - and Gerrard feels that result, coupled with their impressive display in Manaus, should give England plenty of belief they can collect three valuable points.

"I was shocked by the result. I expected Uruguay to beat Costa Rica," the England captain said.

"They [Uruguay] have really good firepower up front but we saw on Saturday that they are certainly beatable.

"They concede goals and if we attack like we did against Italy we will cause Uruguay big, big problems."

Gerrard added: "The key is to look back on what's happened, see what we got right but also see where we went wrong.

"We conceded two goals and we have to look at them. They created problems for us on our left side on a few occasions and we will have to look at that.

"We've got to dust ourselves down as quickly as possible and bounce back. We've got two big games and if we take six points we are going through."

Meanwhile, Gerrard insists he wasn't surprised by Raheem Sterling's stellar display against Italy.

The 19-year-old turned in an excellent performance on his first competitive appearance for England to leave his captain impressed.

Gerrard said: "He is fearless. That's the way he plays. That's his character.

"He doesn't worry about opponents. He just goes out and does the best he can and, for his first start in a major tournament, there were flashes of positivity.

"He's a big player for the future. The manager showed bravery putting the young lads in, giving them a good go, and that's the future of this England team - all the young talent in the dressing room."