June 20, 2014
UNDERRATED : CONCACAF; OVERRATED: UEFA:
World Cup 2014: England crash out after Costa Rica surprise Italy (theguardian.com, 6/20/14)
The England captain, Steven Gerrard, will bring the national team home at the earliest stage since 1958. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty ImagesEngland were sent tumbling out of the World Cup at the group stage for the first time since 1958 after Costa Rica beat Italy 1-0 in their Group D match in Recife on Friday.Roy Hodgson's side needed Italy to take maximum points from the match to have any hope of survival. The result means Tuesday's match against Costa Rica, who have now qualified for the knock-out stages, is meaningless for England.
Only Europeans are surprised.Posted by Orrin Judd at June 20, 2014 2:11 PM