England manager Roy Hodgson insists he will not resign his post, despite facing an early FIFA World Cup exit.
A 2-1 defeat to Luis Suarez-inspired Uruguay on Thursday leaves England with no points from their opening two Group D fixtures.
They must now rely on results elsewhere to reach the last 16, but Hodgson is determined to lead the team into qualification for UEFA Euro 2016.
Several youngsters have made the trip to the Brazil showpiece, including Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling.
And Hodgson, while conceding England's hopes of escaping the group are fading fast, believes the strides made by the players in recent weeks is enough to convince him he remains the man for the job.
He said: "I don't have any intention to resign.
"I've been really happy with the way the players have responded to the work we've tried to do.
"I'm bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don't feel I need to resign, no.
"On the other hand, and if the Football Association think I'm not the right man to do the job, that will be their decision and not mine.
"Our chances are unbelievably slim now.
"I think in both the games we've shown some elements of playing good football, and shown we are a team that's making progress. But results decide everything and both results have been negative."
Degenek not taking his foot off the gas
Twelve months ago, Caltex Socceroos defender Milos Degenek was playing in Japan — now, he’s tearing up Serbia’s SuperLiga, having been named in the league’s best eleven for the first half of the season. It’s a credit to Degenek, 24, who signed with Red Star Belgrade in July
Degenek named in Serbian Superliga's best XI
Caltex Socceroos defender Milos Degenek has been named in the Serbian Superliga’s best eleven players of the first half of the season after his performances for Red Star Belgrade. AUSSIES ABROAD: Sainsbury denies former club Inter in first UCL start READ MORE: Where you can w
FFA to conduct additional injury assessment with Aaron Mooy
Football Federation Australia (FFA) acknowledges Huddersfield Town’s statement regarding Aaron Mooy released on Thursday morning (AEDT). Due to the significance of the AFC Asian Cup to the Caltex Socceroos, FFA will proceed with a plan to deploy its High Performance Coordina
Aussies Abroad: Rogic and Vukovic progress to Europa League Round of 32
The Europa League Round of 32 will have an Aussie flavour after Tom Rogic and Danny Vukovic both sealed their progression to the knockout stage of Europe’s second-tier competition. Rogic played 90 minutes as Celtic did it the hard way, their 2-1 loss at the hands of FC Salzbur