Wellington: England captain Eoin Morgan insisted he was still confident of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals, despite Sunday`s "hard to take" nine-wicket loss against Sri Lanka.
The defeat leaves England on the brink of an early exit after heavy losses to New Zealand and Australia in their opening matches.
England`s final Pool A matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan now loom as must-win clashes but Morgan said he had not considered failing to make the last eight.
"It`s not even a thought at the moment -- two games to win to get us into the quarter-final," he said.
Morgan said the fact that England set a competitive 310-run target made the Sri Lanka loss more difficult to accept than the routs against Australia and New Zealand, when they were never in the game.
"When you don`t turn up for a race like those first two games, it`s scratch. But today, when we turn up and we`re beaten in that fashion it`s harder to take."
Morgan said England performed with the bat, particularly Joe Root who made 121, but failed with the ball to allow Sri Lanka to finish on 312-1.
"When we bowl one bad ball, every couple of overs or every over you`re going to be punished," he said.
Morgan said England remained a quality side that needed to work on "the simple things" to click at the tournament.
"It`s not out of our reach or a million miles away," he said. "It`s just continuing to reproduce the simple things consistently."