Fail. England have failed. We hear it all the time, but we tend to forget the meaning and use the word loosely.
"To be unsuccessful in achieving one's goal," if we look at the first definition of the word 'fail', this is what we link England's "failure" to. "They've failed to achieve their goal.
Can someone remind me what it was?
I seem to remember before the World Cup, no expectation was to be put on England. So what was their goal? To get out of a group which contained the experienced and consistent Italy and a side that contained Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani?
WHY DID WE EXPECT ANYTHING ELSE?
No, in this respect, England haven't failed, because they shouldn't have been expected to get out of this group.
However, if we look at the second definition,"to neglect to do something," they have failed based on the second game against Uruguay. They neglected to play their football. They crawled into a their half when they equalised without reason, and invited pressure from Uruguay.
Evidently, they failed to enjoy their football, they failed to enjoy wearing the England shirt.
The same debates go on and on after each tournament England participate in. Although many attempted to lower their expectations before the World Cup, it didn't work, because England are the masters of deception. Unintentionally, yet there's always a sense of inevitability of failure.
After so much promise from their first match against Italy, England couldn't put together a similar performance against Uruguay, instead they panicked, conceded two sloppy goals, and all of a sudden it's the first time England have exited the group stages of the World Cup since 1958.
Almost by routine, we then take a look at why the team have "failed," despite having no expectations for this side.
We, as passionate England fans, aim the same accusations to a side which wasn't expected to go far in this tournament. The latest of these, was brought of by the Chief Football Correspondent of The Daily Telegraph, Paul Hayward.
Hayward said on Twitter: "Been banging on about how England's rugby players now get what it means to wear the shirt. England's footballers treat it like a second job?
"Talent, technique and tactics explain England's 48 year absence from finals, but it also looks more of a pain than a pleasure to many."
DO THE PLAYERS FEAR ENGLAND DUTY?
Does he have a point? It may seem ludicrous to agree with Hayward's first point of England's players' treating international duty as a second job, but it's hard to disagree with the anguish that can feature on their faces at times.
What we must analyse, is what is the cause of this attitude.
As players are consistently under pressure for England, does this create the displeasure that comes with playing for England? An easy counter argument to that point is, what pressure is there when your not expected to win anything?
None of these English players at 22 years old are bound to the expectation of winning their country the World Cup, especially when that country is hosting the tournament, which is the circumstance Neymar is under at present moment.
One must ask, what is this furore about another failure for England? We knew this side was experimental, and inexperienced. We knew they wouldn't win this tournament.
EVERYONE UNDERESTIMATED COSTA RICA
If anything, we should feel ashamed we overlooked Costa Rica and learn to never underestimate a side in the World Cup ever again; they're there on merit, not by default, such as San Marino in qualifying.
If we continue to knock England for "failing," even when they weren't expected to make an impression at the World Cup in Brazil, would anyone really blame them for not enjoying their football when they put the shirt on?
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