Thursday, June 19, 2014


 So it's all over for England for another four years. Beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in weather more resembling Manchester than Sao Paulo, and condemned to the bottom of the group by Costa Rica's surprise win over Italy, the England squad will be heading home before they've even finished their course of anti-malaria pills.
  Roy Hodgson spoke for every England fan when he said afterwards: "We came with such high's a major sadness. The mood at the moment is very low. It's hard to know what to say."
 It is only the second time in their World Cup history England have lost two games in a row---the last time was in 1950.
  And it's not only the English fans, 20,000 of whom made the trip to Brazil, who are heartbroken: English pubs owners around the world are bemoaning the fact that for the rest of the tournament many hard-drinking, big-spending English fans who would have crowded into their pubs to watch the England games will no longer be there.      
 It's worth remembering that despite all the high hopes and great expectations, the satirical magazine Private Eye got it dead right before the tournament began when it devoted its cover to a picture of the England squad leaving the plane on arrival at Rio and the pilot asking : "Shall I keep the engines running?"

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