Costa Rican star, Bryan Ruiz has sentenced England to an early exit
The Guardian Journalist: England is out of the World Cup tonight after Costa Rica defeated Italy 1-0 in the Arena Pernambuco courtesy of 44th minute header by Bryan Ruiz, marking the earliest exit from the World Cup in the country’s history. Survival is now mathematically impossible for the Three Loins after defeats to Italy and Uruguay, making the final group match against Costa Rica little more than a formality. It is believed several senior players are looking to leave Brazil early in the coming hours, and manager Roy Hodgson was not seen at the squads training camp the next morning. The English media has been quick to point fingers, suggesting both Roy Hodgson, as well as the player development system outlined by the FA as the major reason for the ‘disastrously early exit.’
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The Daily Mail stated that ‘this is as good as it gets. This is what we must expect. This is who we are now. The smiling idiots just happy to be at the party.’ The Daily Telegraph suggested that ‘the national teams failure demands an apology to the fans from the FA, Roy Hodgson, and the players.’ The criticism in The Times was constructive though. They suggested that it is impossible to believe that the Costa Rican football system cannot be greater than ours, so this cannot be the problem. It stated that ‘the problem is not solved through money, state-of-the-art facilities, or by flooding the country with coaches, the problem is in our footballing philosophy. We were unable to conserve possession, this is the most deep-rooted source of our problem. Until those cultural problems are the solved, the country can kiss any hope of success goodbye.' There may be a glimmer of hope though, Southampton’s new English-or-bust policy should, at the very least reduce the of the Premier League paradox by allowing more English players first team football experience. However, only time will tell if this investment pays dividends, or, if we will be facing another group stage exit in 4 fours (assuming we qualify).