WELLINGTON - Under-fire England captain Eoin Morgan said his side were "disappointed" rather than "embarrassed" by New Zealand during an eight-wicket World Cup thumping in Wellington on Friday.

Asked whether Friday's loss was embarrassing or shocking, a surprisingly calm Morgan replied: "Disappointing more than anything. The way New Zealand bowled, they built some pressure and we couldn't cope with it."

Morgan holed out to veteran spinner Daniel Vettori but the left-hander defended his choice of stroke by saying: "We kept trying to put the pressure on their bowlers and looking back, I still would have played that aggressive shot because at the time we needed to take the game continually to them because they were gaining control."

As for Southee's return, Morgan said: "I actually didn't face him but it looked pretty difficult. When he can turn it over in the fashion that he did, you know, credit to him." However, Morgan reiterated his belief that England had been given an especially tough start to the World Cup.

"We knew these first two games were going to be difficult games playing in these conditions. But we shouldn't be beaten by this much. We were way below par. We are not doing the basics right and not producing what we practice." However, the former Ireland international added: "We can still make the quarter-finals, as soon as we start winning and getting into the next game."

Morgan, whose side next play non-Test border rivals Scotland in Christchurch on Monday, insisted England wouldn't push the panic button after two huge defeats. "Certainly you don't want to get into a state of panic where we make three or four changes in one day," he said. "That's certainly not what I'm about. I believe at the moment that any of our players can play."

The players that played today I believe were the best to win today, and on given conditions, we'll change plans accordingly. But, again, just because we were there for them today doesn't necessarily mean anything."