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.
What an embarrassing World Cup this is for England. Complete shambles
â€” Rob Ross (@gooner145) June 20, 2014
#fcumwc REQUEST: Any England players reading this, & you know who you are! Can you pls fetch us back one of those massive Toblerones, thanks
â€” FCUM Radio (@fcumradio) June 20, 2014
It doesn't matter anyway. England wouldn't beat Costa Coffee never mind Costa Rica.
â€” Mark Johnson (@m7jonno) June 20, 2014
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.
England fans right now pic.twitter.com/IwTwARPjG6
— Epic Football (@TheEpicFootball) June 20, 2014
England fans right now. https://t.co/5UsrohBn0h
— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) June 20, 2014
BREAKING: All England fans right now. pic.twitter.com/k6ygLpKT4K
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) June 20, 2014
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.
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) June 20, 2014
It's almost as if Italy don't realise the gravity of the situation for England!
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) June 20, 2014
As if England can beat Costa Rica even if Italy won this
— Aysha Ridzuan (@ayshardzn) June 20, 2014
Football driving me to drink. If England can still get through after tonight I'm celebrating with a jagerbomb for every year since 66!
— Sissy Nicola (@SissyNicola) June 20, 2014
Whats the difference between a Tea bag & England? A tea bag stays longer in a cup.
— عًُمر (@OmarImranTweets) June 20, 2014
This is the time England!! This is the time to get your half price England jerseys!
— Flinder Boyd (@FlinderBoyd) June 20, 2014
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.
Italy have been terrible today and it's making me think in hindsight that England's so called "great effort" against them wasn't so great
— E Tizz (@etizzmusic) June 20, 2014
Not sure why anyone's bothered about England progressing. It's not like they have any realistic chance in the knockout stages.
— Ian C (@IAmAnIanIAm) June 20, 2014
England fans to Costa Rica.. pic.twitter.com/nL2R6iaLWO
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) June 20, 2014
Supporters even touched on the newly instituted goal-line technology, which proved the difference in their 2010 match against rival Germany.
Touch of irony if England elimination confirmed by goal-line technology for a goal which bounced in similar spot to Lampard's v Germany..
— Mark Ogden (@MOgdenTelegraph) June 20, 2014
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.
— Gregoris Gkousis (@Gregoris96_YNWA) June 20, 2014
Woy has just found out he will be in charge of England until at least 2016! pic.twitter.com/T5ynOOlkDV
— Conrad Thomson-Dewey (@ConradTD) June 20, 2014