Gerrard, who went through disappointing World Cup campaigns in 2006 and 2010 - when England lost 4-1 to Germany - said he underlined the high price of failure in a special address to the squad.
It was supposed to be stirring stuff, but it’s difficult to inspire people with stressful problem talk. A solutions-focused coach or captain would have put the emphasis on getting to the next round, with words and images of “winning… goals… glory… success…. Teamwork.” Words can make a significant difference. (As, of course, can a genius player like Louis Suarez)