Costa Rica’s shock 1-0 win over Italy on Friday relegated England out of the World Cup after the Three Lions lost their first two games. And the British press was in no mood to spare any one.

Already incensed over England’s customary shambolic performances in the World Cup, the British media went into rant and rave over FA’s decision to stick with coach Roy Hodgson.

Popular English paper The Daily Mail wrote that FA’s decision to keep their faith in Hodgson on a day when the Three Lions were dumped out of the World Cup is insulting to every English fan.

The Daily Mail targeted FA chairman Gregg Dykes for humiliating the English fans by giving his backing to Hodgson.

“Group D is for the death of the England team... just eight days after the World Cup began, so how can the FA choose the same day to declare that Hodgson is safe? It's bloody insulting to every fan,” the Daily Mail wrote in its header.

“Mr Dyke, the erratic FA chairman, decided it should be the very day for him to declare his public support for his manager in what looks like a Sepp Blatter-esque display of disengaged buffoonery,” it wrote.

“Never mind that England are bottom of the group. Never mind they could lose to Costa Rica on Tuesday to become the first England team in history to lose all three games in a World Cup qualifying group. Never mind,” it added.

“In fact, there were only 34 minutes between Mr Dyke’s public support of Hodgson appearing on the Press Association wire and Bryan Ruiz scoring the winning goal that confirmed the World Cup is over for England,” the paper wrote.

“How bloody insulting. Does he not think England fans deserve better than that?” it questioned.

The Telegraph also minced no words in expressing its displeasure over England’s dreadful World Cup campaign.

“World Cup 2014: England got everything right – except the football,” Daniel Taylor of The Telegraph wrote.
The Independent too slammed the FA for its flawed policies and decisions.

“FA stands by its man – it’s the only tactic it hasn’t tried yet,” it wrote.

Another British paper The Times sardonically thanked Costa Rican and Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz for ending the misery for England football team at the World Cup.

“England are put out of their misery swiftly by Ruiz,” The Times wrote.

“If there is any consolation at all, any solace to be drawn from England’s worst performance at a World Cup finals, it is perhaps that, unlike Roy Hodgson’s side, the Queen will end the tournament with her honour intact,” it added.


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