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20 Jun 2014 18:16:52

England suffer World Cup exit

England's World Cup hopes are over, with Costa Rica's surprise defeat of Italy condemning them to a first group stage exit since 1958.

Roy Hodgson's side impressed but ultimately fell short in their opening match against Italy, before Luis Suarez inspired Uruguay to victory in Sao Paulo on Thursday evening.

It left the Three Lions needing Italy to win their final two Group D matches, while hoping they themselves ended up with a better goal difference than Uruguay and Costa Rica.

However, England will now head to Belo Horizonte next Tuesday for their final match against Los Ticos with their fate sealed after the Azzurri fell to a shock defeat in Recife.

Bryan Ruiz's first-half header earned Costa Rica a 1-0 win and saw them through the last 16, extinguishing any hope England had of avoiding an embarrassing group exit in the process.


PA

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