England 'despair', US pledge on Iraq and minister's 'staycation gaffe' - the papers

England players are consoled by Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez after defeat in the World Cup Group D football match between Uruguay and England on 19 June 2014 Image copyright AFP

Photographs of dejected England players and supporters adorn the front pages of almost every newspaper following the team's 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in the World Cup.

The Sun is among the papers to acknowledge that England's World Cup hopes were "virtually blown away" by the loss, summing up their chances of progressing into the second round with the tongue-in-cheek headline "We're through!"

"Although they are still mathematically capable of qualifying if results fall their way... the familiar inquest will now begin," writes Owen Gibson in the Guardian.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored both Uruguay goals and the Daily Mail says England's World Cup dreams were "left in tatters by an all-too familiar villain".

The paper reminds its readers that Suarez proved a controversial figure in past Premier League seasons after being banned for racial abuse and biting an opponent. It suggests he is sure to be public enemy again after "breaking England hearts".

Wayne Rooney's first World Cup goal had "felt like it could be significant" and momentarily brought England level in Sao Paulo but overall it was a "just a very poor" performance, reckons the Independent's Sam Wallace.

"In past tournaments, England's demise has been a slow drawn-out affair, with the handwringing and the tears and the dreadful sense of foreboding. Brazil 2014 promises to be short and sweet," he adds.

The Daily Telegraph's Gordon Rayner spoke to England fans in Brazil and confirms they "think it's all over".

Back home, it was Britain's biggest TV event since the Olympics, reports the Daily Express. But the faces of despairing England supporters watching the match at a pub in London featured on the paper's front page tell the story of the night.

'Daggers drawn'

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The Times sees President Obama's pledge to use US air power in "targeted and precise military action" against Islamist-led militants in Iraq as a "dramatic announcement".

He did not hide his exasperation with Iraq's political leadership but stressed there were no plans to send ground troops into action, it says.

Writing in the Times, Ben Macintyre says the ISIS insurgents wanted to redraw the region's map "with the same arrogance and self interest" as European colonists did a century ago.

But he adds: "For all their imperfections, the existing national borders are preferable to letting the region shatter into a series of sectarian states at daggers drawn."

Patrick Cockburn in the Independent warns that if US strikes do take place ISIS "is an efficient, experienced and fanatical movement... it may not be long before it sends its suicide bombers against American targets... to exact revenge".

The Daily Telegraph carries an interview with David Petraeus, the former head of coalition forces in Iraq. He says the US should launch attacks against the emerging "terrorist army" in Iraq if it jeopardises the security of the West.

However, writing in the same paper, the Saudi ambassador to the UK, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, said it would be "madness" for the US to launch air strikes; he fears the impact on civilians and says the turmoil should be sorted out between Iraqis alone.

According to the Guardian, President Obama remained "mindful of the long shadow cast by the last Iraq war".

In its leader column, the Financial Times says while it is wrong to say the US and UK action in Iraq in 2003 was solely responsible for the current situation, it was "absurd" to play down the impact.

Reign in Spain

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The papers believe the swearing in of Spain's King Felipe VI provides the country with an opportunity for renewal.

His call for a "new Spain that we will build together" is widely reported.

But the ceremony at the country's lower house of parliament had little pomp and circumstance compared with royal hand-overs in other countries, with no foreign leaders invited, reports the Daily Express.

It says the official royal statement stressed the event was deliberately low-key, in line with Spain's austerity drive.

The Daily Telegraph says the new king's "message of hope" to the population will resonate in a country with 26% unemployment and facing an independence referendum in Catalonia.

According to the Guardian, for many in Madrid the events were a welcome distraction from Spain's other news of the day, its football team crashing out of the World Cup.

The Independent agrees that Spain faces something of an identity crisis,

A Times leader suggests the "unity of Spain matters".

King Felipe's position is "unenviable" but he has "vital constitutional work" to do in holding Spain together, it says.

'Not tactful'

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Tourism minister Helen Grant's suggestion that families caught up in the delays in processing passport applications may want to consider taking their summer holidays in Britain attracts comment.

Mrs Grant "risked the wrath of people caught up in the passports fiasco", says the Daily Telegraph.

Her comments to the House magazine sparked fury, says the Daily Express. It points out that Mrs Grant, who is also a sports minister and currently at the World Cup in Brazil on ­government business, is planning a holiday herself in Spain later this year.

The Daily Mail says "for all those Britons with an overseas holiday booked and paid for but still waiting for their long-delayed passports to drop through the letter box, it wasn't the most tactful of remarks".

Comments from shadow immigration minister David Hanson are carried in the Daily Mirror. He says the government "shouldn't be trying to divert attention from chaos they created".

But the Department for Culture says Mrs Grant was "crystal clear that she was confident that people would get their passports to be able to travel overseas. As tourism minister it is completely right that she champions the domestic tourism market, but she was in no way linking the two issues".

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