England are the “mother of football” in the view of Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto, who knows they will be desperate to restore some pride in their last World Cup match.
Roy Hodgson’s side had their elimination confirmed on Friday, with defeats to Italy and Uruguay compounded by Los Ticos’ shock wins against both countries.
This is the first time in 56 years that England have exited at the group stage, with the squad jetting home after Tuesday’s dead-rubber against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte, a city which witnessed one of the national team’s most embarrassing defeats.
In 1950, the Three Lions lost 1-0 to the then-amateur United States and the Brazilian city could now be the scene of another of their darkest hours.
England have never lost all three World Cup group matches before – a fate Pinto knows they will be desperate to avoid on Tuesday.
“The mother of football cannot leave without points and that makes it very complex,” the Costa Rica coach said.
Source: SNTV / PA
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