Top Five Reasons Why England Crashed Out of FIFA World Cup

England lost its World Cup 2014 matches to Italy and Uruguay leaving their fans bitterly disappointed in yet another tournament.

updated: June 21, 2014 08:57 IST
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Self destruction: England lost both its World Cup matches and had their fate depend on other results.


Rio de Janeiro: Italy's 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Friday condemned England to their earliest World Cup exit since the 1958 tournament in Sweden.

Despite striker Wayne Rooney's assertion that his side would have "no excuses" for a premature departure in Brazil, England were eliminated before the squad had even finished their course of anti-malaria tablets.

After the latest in a long list of disappointments at major tournaments, AFP Sports identifies five areas where England came unstuck this time:

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