England have been a massive failure at the 2014 World Cup finals. True, expectations were low heading into the tournament, but the way they suffered back-to-back defeats were hugely disappointing.
The Three Lions lost their opening match of Group D 2-1 to Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus. The Azzurri were the better side on the day, but Roy Hodgson’s men could hold their heads up high with their performance, which was very encouraging and promising.
However, the 1966 World Cup winners failed to maintain that level against Uruguay in their next game in Sao Paulo.
Once again, England fell behind and once again they restored parity, but a Steven Gerrard mistake eventually led to Luis Suarez scoring his second goal of the match five minutes from full time.
That was on Thursday, and a day later England’s humiliating exit from the World Cup after just two rounds of matches was confirmed when Costa Rica shocked Italy 1-0 to book their place in the round of 16.
It is the same Costa Rica that England will face at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte in their final Group D game on Tuesday.
The Central Americans staged a 3-1 comeback victory over Uruguay in their first game of the World Cup and will be determined to add another feather to their cap with win over England.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is certainly going to make sure that the match does not pan out that way.
The 22-year-old came on in the 73rd minute against Italy and was an unused substitute against the Uruguayans, but he could be handed a start by Hodgson against Costa Rica.
Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but the Gunners star has made it clear that he and his teammates are going to give their all to salvage some pride and respect by posting the following message on social networking site Twitter.
Off to Belo Horizonte for the last game of our World Cup,not a nice feeling but we must end on a high for our confidence and play for pride!— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) June 23, 2014