Agreed. We got shot of him at the perfect time. He wouldn't have returned to his best. That blistering pace was burned out of him by those couple of injuries. Without that he goes from a great player to merely a good player.
Suarez wasn't exactly on form when he was let go. Now look at him. Missed 1/6th of the season, picks up more awards in 1 season than Arsenal do in 9. I think Torres could have come around. Doesn't matter now anyway, wouldn't want him back.
Fair points over Ochuoa - he's got Holland, or even, dare I say it, Chile, to prove himself again.
Costa Rica and Uruguay through. I sort of wonder who believed in that before the WC, but then again if I were an English guy and footballer, I would likely avoid playing for the English nation team and blame the press as I hate reading bad stuff about myself (I admit I would likely be harshly criticized about that, but that press is simply vicious).
Though I remember an incident with the Swedish press where they during the OG in Salt Lake City called the Swedish national team in icehockey traitors. I was glad I was not a Swedish icehockey-player back then (bit off-topic I admit).