— Andrew Regan (@CelticRegan) June 19, 2014
Having lost their two opening games of the World Cup, England still remarkably have a chance of making it through to the last 16.
The nature of their loss against Uruguay certainly caused quite the stir on Twitter. However, rather surprisingly, there was a complete lack of anger amongst the supporting masses on social media.
It was more a mix of remorse, disillusion and no little mocking.
To be fair, maybe the lack of anger was linked to the fact that everybody had seen it coming.
There were some positives to be drawn from England’s travails – well, sort of!
I've waited years for England to play like Spain, now we are.
— Jason Bent (@Jason9Bent) June 19, 2014
The ramfications of this loss run a whole lot deeper though – it is over to you now USA.
With a little luck it could have been oh so different.
— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) June 19, 2014
But playing well means nothing, if, in essence, England’s record at the World Cup since 1990 is reminiscent of the following:
England’s inability to threaten the latter stages of World Cups has led some fans to draw some real damning conclusions.
The DFS sale will end before England win the World Cup
— British Logic (@BritishLogic) June 19, 2014
To be clear, the DFS sale will never end. Never. Steven Gerrard’s torment will also never end, it appears.
Steven Gerrard has cost Liverpool the premier league title and England the world cup in the space of 2 months — Van Persie (@carrick_fan) June 19, 2014
In episodes such as this, there are always fall guys. And if you can’t blame the players then the next best thing is to go after those around the players.
Step forward one Dr Steve Peters.
England's worst start to a World Cup EVER. Getting the Psychiatrist in worked out well. Bobbins
— Matt Rabin (@mattrabin) June 19, 2014
There at least those on hand who wanted to offer some hope.
England could try the Island World Cup, should sneak through that tricky tie against Guernsey. — Tony Greenall (@TonyCSGreenall) June 19, 2014
The fact that England aren’t officially out means that there is actually scope for further heartbreak – most notably in the form of the dreaded penalty shootout.
It's not a real World Cup until England is knocked out on PKs, so I'm fully convinced they'll throttle Costa Rica and somehow advance.
— Michael Castillo (@MichaelCastFS) June 19, 2014
Not all is lost, though, there is still something left to play for.
Things England still have to play for in this World Cup: 1 outdo the points tally of the UK's 2003 Eurovision entry; 2 no, that's it. — Dan Levene (@BluesChronicle) June 19, 2014
Some even tried to paint things in a more positive light.
On the bright side, this is by far the most efficient world cup campaign England has ever had.
— Tony Haile (@arctictony) June 19, 2014
Expectations were low for england in the world cup, so in that respect, they have'nt dissappointed. — michael selwood (@michaelselwood) June 19, 2014
There is talk of having the experience of ‘tournament football’ and this experience will, of course, stand some of England’s younger players in good stead for future tournaments, where it will be their fault.
This is a good learning experience for Sterling and Barkley. It'll be their fault England are out come 2022 World Cup...
— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) June 19, 2014
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