What England fans really think of this World Cup!

England’s less than glorious World Cup campaign came to and end yesterday as Roy Hodgson’s men limped to a 0-0 draw against already qualified Costa Rica, the first time in 56 years the Three Lions have failed to win a single game at the World Cup.

With the autopsy already in full swing since Costa Rica’s 1-0 win against Italy knocked England out on Friday, the FA swiftly confirmed that Hodgson will remain in charge at least until the 2016 European Championship.

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Enough is enough, ban Suarez for as long as possible

In its 74-year history, the World Cup has seen its fair share of debatable, even despicable, figures.

From allegations of doping surrounding West Germany’s triumph in 1954, to the battle of Santiago in 1962 when Chilean and Italian resorted to kick the bejesus out of each other, the political regime that aided Argentina’s success 16 years later, controversy has never been far away.

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England’s failure in Brazil adds pressure on the future

Six days ago Luis Suarez all but ushered England out of the World Cup, taking great pleasure in doing so as he promptly explained to the Uruguayan and British media, yet England had to thank him yesterday.

Suarez’s latest rush of blood to his head – or rather, to his teeth – ensured all the attention on Group D’s final day was focused on Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder and the Liverpool striker’s gums, rather than on England exiting the World Cup through the back door.

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Is Messi really better than Maradona?

On Saturday, as Lionel Messi jinxed and weaved his way through a wall of Iran defenders to clinch Argentina’s spot in the round of 16, the feeling that one of football’s most gripping narratives of the last decade was about to reach its conclusion was impossible to ignore.

Having beaten records in spades and won everything he could have dreamt of with Barcelona, the diminutive Argentine was hailed as the greatest ever player to have graced the game and those who have witnessed his performances over the last couple of years could hardly disagree.

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Holland and Chile are the real World Cup’s dark horses

With Spain’s capitulation last night, the World Cup has not only lost its defending champions at the group stage for the second consecutive edition after Italy failed to make it out of their group in 2010, but it has also been deprived of one of the pre-tournament favourites.

While Germany impressed, Brazil, the team who shared the favourites tag with Vicente Del Bosque’s men, failed to impress against Mexico on Tuesday and Argentina laboured more than expected to overcome Bosnia on Sunday.

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Play Rooney in his role or don’t play him at all

In 2010, as England laboured through a group containing the USA, Slovenia and Algeria, fans were left baffled by the sight of a team lacking inventive, guile and treated attacking football as if it was a virus.

To a lesser extent, the same issues blighted England’s qualifying campaign, with Roy Hodgson’s team criticised and derided for their style of football, so pedestrian and pragmatic that it hailed from the “dark ages” according to Gary Lineker.

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