My dad always dismissed any kind of sport as a waste of time and my brother felt the same. Neither could see the value in grown men kicking an inflated pig’s bladder around a field, a feeling I flirted with myself when Uruguay striker Luis Suarez broke free and rifled his second goal past Joe Hart on Thursday night.
England fans’ misery was soon completed when Costa Rica beat a languid Italy to mean another failed mission for the Three Lions, as the team booked their flight home before the group phase had even finished.
For anyone who follows England — either through birth, or perhaps more admirably, by choice — this is a familiar pattern.
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