Costa Rica’s 1-0 victory over Italy on Friday not only clinched Los Ticos a spot in the Round of 16 in Brazil, but also eliminated England before the knockout stage for the first time in 32 years.

After Thursday’s 2-1 heartbreaking loss to Uruguay, despite Wayne Rooney’s first-career World Cup goal, England’s two defeats and minus-2 goal differential compared to Costa Rica and Italy’s wins mean Three Lions can’t attain enough points for even second place in Group D.

England supporters once again took to Twitter before, during, and immediately after the match to voice their displeasure with Roy Hodgson’s squad and the overall performance in Brazil. England now joins Spain, Australia and Cameroon as the first teams to be ousted from the World Cup.


Costa Rica forward Bryan Ruiz put his country up at the close of the first half, and in turn created fear among England as its World Cup hopes relied on an Italy win.

Italian striker Mario Balotelli fully understood that the fate of two of the sport’s biggest superpowers was on the line, and he asked for a kiss from Queen Elizabeth in lieu of a victory.

As the game wore on, many supporters entered the final stage of grief, acceptance. And tempered expectations that weren’t very high to begin with.

Supporters even touched on the newly instituted goal-line technology, which proved the difference in their 2010 match against rival Germany.

And once again Hodgson was put to shame, even though he will manage the country’s hopes well into 2016, and England’s World Cup was summed up.