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England end World Cup without a win


England’s World Cup ended without even the scant consolation of a victory as they played out a tame draw with Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.
Daniel Sturridge effort sneaks wide

This was a dead rubber after England’s losses to Italy and Uruguay – and there was nothing on show here to offer any belated cheer at the end of a miserable tournament.

Costa Rica’s status as the surprise package of Group D was cemented by a result that ensured they finished top – and will face Greece in Recife on Sunday.

Meanwhile, England manager Roy Hodgson has presided over a dismal campaign.

Daniel Sturridge came closest for the group’s bottom side but wasted a succession of chances while goalkeeper Ben Foster – deputising for rested Joe Hart – did brilliantly to turn Celso Borges’ free-kick on to the bar in the first half.

England fans

England fans were good spirits before the match despite their side’s predicament

England goalkeeper Ben Foster

Foster made a fantastic save in the first half

England players and coach Roy Hodgson

England failed to progress beyond the first World Cup group stage for the first time since 1958

Frank Lampard

Lampard said he is likely to retire from international football after the World Cup


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