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.
Is that the right decision and who should be held responsible for this summer’s fiasco? Here’s what England fans had to say when they answered a survey via the smartphone app OnePulse…
Over 55% of fans blamed England’s early exit onto the players, with Steven Gerrard & Co accused of being overpaid and not devoted to the cause enough to deliver the good for the national side, while others accused the England players of simply not being good enough to compete with the world’s elite.
Roy Hodgson’s team selection was met with widespread approval ahead of the tournament, but 27% of the fans who took part in the poll insisted the blame should be laid squarely at the England manager’s door, particularly for his failure to bring Ashley Cole and John Terry to Brazil.
Some 28% believed that it was Hodgson’s reluctance to abandon outdated tactics rather than his choice of personnel to undermine England’s World Cup campaign, while 41% of those who took part in the poll pointed the finger at the lack of a winning mentality.
England arrived in Brazil with expectations at an all-time low while the main focus was on developing a new generation of footballers, but their dismal showings against Uruguay and Costa Rica seemed to suggest that, despite the feel-good factor generated by the inclusion of a couple of youngsters, the mental issues remain the same.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, only the 19% of users polled admitted that England’s lacklustre performance at the World Cup did not come as a shock, given the low expectations that had accompanied Hodgson’s men in Brazil.
Just over the 17% of fans believe the FA must shoulder responsibility for the way England (under)performed at the World Cup, while only 5% among the fans who took part in the poll blamed England’s failures on the amount of foreign players in the Premier League.
Let the inquest begin.
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