England fans accept inevitable World Cup disappointment

A disappointed England fan leaves Arena de Sao Paulo stadium after the defeat against Uruguay (19 June 2014) Many fans may well be wondering whether the journey to Brazil was worth it

England are not the first team to face imminent exit from the 2014 World Cup but unlike Spain, England's poor showing has been much less of a surprise.

I spoke to several England fans as they trudged out of Sao Paulo's brand-new stadium but rather than anger the overwhelming feeling was resignation at the inevitable disappointment.

Although England is mathematically still in the tournament, few fans thought their team deserved to stay in. And having spent several thousand pounds to get here, those same fans will soon be heading home wondering if it was all worth it.

England supporters made plenty of noise inside the Itaqerao Stadium but they were outshouted and outnumbered by the Sky Blue fans of Uruguay.


Uruguay is a country of only three million (compared to about 50 million in England) but the self-belief and confidence of their fans in Sao Paulo were infectious.

England supporters at the World Cup Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo in Brazil (19 June 2014) England fans seem to have enjoyed their World Cup experience - even if the chances are that it will soon come to a termination
A fan of the England football team lies on the platform of Pedro II Metro station after Uruguay"s 2-1 victory over England (19 June 2014) It looks as if England are down and out of yet another World Cup tournament
An England flag is seen on the stands during the World Cup game against Uruguay at the Arena de Sao Paulo (19 June 2014) Repeated disappointments are part of the package when it comes to being an England fan
Raheem Sterling (left) is substituted by Ross Barkley England's young players such as Raheem Sterling (right) and Ross Barkley did not deliver the goods against Uruguay

Like their team on the pitch, England fans were almost resigned to their fate. Ironically, of course, it was a man who makes his living in England and plays alongside many of the England players who proved to be their nemesis here in Brazil.

The back and front pages of the visceral English press will make much of how Liverpool's Luis Suarez inevitably and almost poetically brought about England's downfall.

That is what being a football supporter is all about and when you are an England fan disappointment is very much part of the package.

These England players and supporters are unlikely to return to Brazil so (being on the verge of) going out after just a week of the World Cup must feel like very short change.

My team, Wales, has alas not qualified for a major football tournament for more than 50 years.

So while I am sorry that yet again another England World Cup campaign looks like ending prematurely, at least they were able to enjoy their Brazilian adventure while it lasted.

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    Comment number 20.

    Fans are to blame. Back home in the English league they want star players & instant wins so their team buys expensive foreign players. Then when there is an international competition those players go back to their own countries and we are left with no one. We should be training our own players from England instead of paying all that money to foreign players but fans don't want that.

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    Comment number 19.

    Cheer up all - we're still in the World Cup!
    We' re not the Boys of '66.
    We're not likely to win it.
    But we are still in it - and looking ahead to Tuesday- an Italy win v Uruguay, and England win v Costa Rica.
    That sends us through.
    Stranger things have happened in football.......
    Come on England!
    Crackin' tournament either way......

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    Comment number 18.

    Disappointed because against Italy, England looked pretty good, but it seems in reality they are the same old :(. Really pee'd off about losing to Uruguay, I mean who are they?, 1 player. Why did England play like old England instead of what we sore last week against Italy?, Brit mentality, I am sure of it. Good, they are a young side though, this could be good for the future. Note, could be.

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    Comment number 17.

    Why the surprise?
    I have always said that England teams are a collection of excellent players and not a team.
    I think the problem lays in the fact that they play against each other week in, week out and don't actually like each other. Other countries players tend to play in various foreign leagues and do not have the same animosity for each other.

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    Comment number 16.

    I think it's time to forget 1966 'and all that'!

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    Comment number 15.

    The squad needs a serious cut, I think we hold on to half the players for sentimental reasons, sure the big names are experienced- experienced losers! The coaches should be scouting long and hard for fast offensive players, and work them all like dogs to keep possession and control, we always give the ball away and it makes us look amateur compared to organized teams like Netherlands and Germany.

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    Comment number 14.

    I may be on my own here but I actually thought England played better during this tournament than they usually do. I did not expect much from them but it was great to see attacking and passing for once.

    I look forward to Russia 2018 where the climate is more suitable and our first team will have grown.

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    Comment number 13.

    Isn't it time that we combined at least the Welsh and English team - you could support a world cup team with Gareth Bale.!!!!

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    Comment number 12.

    The rain in Spain falls mainly during the mid-day sun.

    It is...... was, Brazil. Nuts, absolutely nuts and the sooner the entire soccer madness is demoted to boring hoppy followed by a few daft nerds, the better.

    The problem with our economy is the millions of people wasting hundreds of millions of man hours and capital on rubbish called entertainment. Football ~ bah humbug.

    Let the women play

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    Comment number 11.

    Amazing here in salvador Brazil. Great England party obviously ending in heartbreak and then tonight thousands partying in the streets. privileged to see holland v spAin was special. Plus 3 other games in salvador. hoping Italy can prolong our agony by winning tomorrow so not to waste the trip to belo Horizonte. Roy got Fulham out of a worse mess than this in 2008 so you never know. Come on Italy

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    Comment number 10.


    I like your optimism
    keep believing or keep taking your pills

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    Comment number 9.

    Each player is paid hundreds of thousands of pounds ... not every year, but every week!

    And they can't even kick a football into a net.


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    Comment number 8.

    I prefer now to be a Spanish fan, I know we are out and that is it. For us to go through it depends on some unlikely permutations simply prolonging the agony. Although if we do go through won't it be smashing?

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    Comment number 7.

    How embarrassing that a star player from a top England club knocks England out of the competition by scoring the winning goal for the opposing side..Suarez. Didn't Ronaldo do the same when a Man City star at the last world cup?.

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    Comment number 6.

    Let not the English nation slide into self pity, nor prolong their wage of collective woe.

    Be strong, and proclaim that your fellows, the best of your best, were not good enough.

    God save the queen.

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    Comment number 5.

    Does anyone actually proofread these articles? Raheem Sterling is not the one on the left. Every single article I seem to read on here has at least one glaring error that you can notice even by just scanning it. Sort it out.

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    Comment number 4.


    Much more likely to be the first to lose the first two and just get out of the group.

    Annoying how good England played yet this will be the first time we don't get through the group in a while.

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    Comment number 3.

    There's still hope we need Italy to win their next 2 games

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    Comment number 2.

    I think we deserved more from the 2 games, at least a draw in both!
    I live in Salvador Brasil, England as a country and for their football are loved over here.

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    Comment number 1.

    we could be the first team to win the world cup having lost the first two group games


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