England exit World Cup Twitter reaction: Ricky Gervais clings to Canadian heritage, while Gary Lineker makes Roman joke
England were automatically knocked out of the tournament when Costa Rica beat Italy
The three lions were automatically knocked out of the tournament as Costa Rica's win made it impossible for them to qualify.
Their departure came in what has been dubbed the best, and most unpredictable, Fifa World Cup tournament for years, in which favourites and reigning European and World champions Spain also failed to make it past the group stages.
Broadcaster Piers Morgan and comedian Ricky Gervais were both quick to dig into their family lineage in a sarcastic attempt to distance themselves from the losing team.
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Fortunately, I'm Irish. #WorldCup2014— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 20, 2014
Unlucky England. You did your best. Lots of Love from all us Canadians.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 20, 2014
Writer Hugo Rifkind made the brave move of announcing he'd be supporting Germany, the favoured rivals of England fans.
@TimMontgomerie Not really. The Hun, I'd say. As befits my household first language. (Which I don't really speak.)— Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) June 20, 2014
As ever, House actor and all-round gentleman Hugh Laurie took the opportunity to praise Costa Rica, whose win forced England to go home by default.
Coup de grace for England, but how can you not be thrilled for Costa Rica? Bloody marvellous performance.— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) June 20, 2014
Enthusiastic Twitter user and BBC Radio 1 and Asian Network DJ Nihal appeared to be on an emotional rollercoaster after the game, and went from cracking jokes to using tenuous metaphors to express his feelings of betrayal.
Anyone want to buy a truckload of England flags?— Nihal A (@TherealNihal) June 20, 2014
If you went to a concert and after the first song they got the music and the lyrics wrong and then left the stage you'd want a refund.— Nihal A (@TherealNihal) June 20, 2014
Footballing social media addicts also came out in full force, with former England legend and BBC presenter Gary Lineker cracking a bookish joke at Italy's expense.
Bloody typical. What have the Romans ever done for us?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 20, 2014
Joey Barton, the so-called philosopher king of football, posted an almost Shakespearean Twitter essay on how the team could have improved their performance and now have to face the "elite footballing wilderness".
We can do a couple of things now. Either continue this painful race to the bottom of elite international football or make some...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) June 20, 2014
...drastic overhauls and start to rebuild are national game. Hodgson and co have to be sacked, no other option.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) June 20, 2014
A sustained period in the elite footballing wilderness awaits unless we address this right now.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) June 20, 2014
The Thick of It actor and comedian Chris Addison unwittingly summarised the thoughts of people uninterested by football, and suggested that England should direct its attention elsewhere.
OK. I think we've put enough time and energy into international football now. Why don't we find what we ARE good at and have a go at that?— Chris Addison (@mrchrisaddison) June 20, 2014
As England fly home, Chile and Holland will join Brazil and Argentina among the favourites to win on 13 July, when the winner of the Fifa World Cup will be crowned.
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