Ousted England are World Cup 'Idiots': British Press

England lost two successive matches and Costa Rica's stunning win against Italy meant another pathetic FIFA World Cup campaign for Steven Gerrard's men.

updated: June 21, 2014 15:36 IST
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Kiss of death: England fans were left bitterly disappointed with their team's World Cup performance.

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London: England were left looking like smiling idiots just happy to be at the party, Britain's newspapers said Saturday after their humiliating early exit from the World Cup was confirmed. (When Costa Rica stunned Italy to leave England shattered)

With England's tournament in Brazil over -- Costa Rica's 1-0 win over Italy on Friday making their survival mathematically impossible after two defeats -- the press began casting about for scapegoats. (Also read: Luis Suarez slams critics after scoring against England)

Newspapers vented anger at the Football Association, the national governing body, for giving manager Roy Hodgson the green light to carry on in charge -- 35 minutes before England went crashing out of the tournament. (Did you know? England players hire guards to protect families back home)

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