Wayne Rooney thanks England fans on Facebook

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Wayne Rooney thanked fans on Facebook for their support after England's 2014 World Cup campaign ended with a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica.

Rooney did not start the match in Belo Horizonte, as Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson gave some of the more youthful members of the squad a chance to shine. Rooney did come on in the second half but could not spur his side onto scoring a winner in a tight game.

The Manchester United star used his official Facebook page to thank the fans that had travelled to Brazil for the game and expressed his disappointment that England were going home already.

"Gutted it's all over. Once again thanks to all the fans for their support throughout the tournament and especially to the fans in the stadium today you were great!" he said on the page.

A much-changed side

Hodgson made a host of changes for the game as England's elimination had already been confirmed following their defeat to Uruguay on Thursday and Italy being beaten by Costa Rica the following day. That the central American side went through is something of a surprise as they were tipped to finish bottom, but the draw left them with seven points and top of Group D.

It also meant England finished bottom of the group with only a solitary point gained in Belo Horizonte, after they were beaten 2-1 by both Uruguay and Italy in the first two fixtures, sending them home after the group stage for the first time since 1958.

Uruguay will be the other team to join Costa Rica in the round of 16 after they defeated Italy 1-0 in the other game, but their victory was marred by more controversy surrounding centre-forward Luis Suarez.

Liverpool striker Suarez was the difference in the win over England, scoring both goals in the game, the second of which only five minutes before full-time, and he was at the centre of another biting scandal.

Another biting scandal

During the last quarter of the game Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini went down in the box holding his shoulder and proceeded to show the referee his skin under the shirt, claiming Suarez had bitten him.

Replays suggest that the forward did move his mouth towards the Juventus man and photos taken during the game show marks on his shoulder that could be described as bite marks. FIFA has since said they will investigate the incident.

Personal milestone

Rooney has already used his Facebook page to apologise to fans after it was confirmed that England would be going home. It has bot been a happy campaign for the 28-year-old, not any of the England team, though he did overcome one personal milestone in the tournament.

His equaliser against the Uruguayans was his first in three World Cup tournaments and it looked as though it would spur England to a crucial victory, but Suarez punished them for some sloppy defending and effectively sent the Three Lions home.

Rooney will now be looking forward to a new season at Manchester United under new boss Louis van Gaal, as the Old Trafford club look to get themselves back into the top four and Premier League title contention.

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