World Cup 2014: England warning - No team has ever escaped group stage after losing first two games
History does not bode well for Roy's Boys, but apparently they do have a 12.9 per cent chance
Defeat to Uruguay has left England needing a scenario that has never happened before at a World Cup if they are to progress.
After losing 2-1 last night, Roy Hodgson's side are now looking to other results if they are to have any chance of reaching the knock-out phase. Italy must beat Costa Rica today and then beat Uruguay while England will need to beat Costa Rica, possibly by more than one goal.
With Italy the strongest team in Group D, the scenario doesn't seem beyond the realms of possibility, however no team has ever progressed through the group stage after losing their first two games.
Losing one is manageable, as Spain proved at the last tournament when they lost their opener and then went on to lift the trophy. But losing two has always been a step too far.
With England fans clinging on to desperate hope more than anything, analysts Bloomberg Sports have taken a more mathematical approach. According to their research, England have a 12.9 per cent chance of progression.
Whilst that's better than zero, stacked against the other teams in Group D, just how slim England's chances are stark.
According to their research Italy have an 86.4 per cent of going through, Costa Rica 53.5 per cent and England's conquerors Uruguay a 47.3 per cent chance of gracing the latter stages of the tournament.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Chelsea player ratings: Was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the star as the Gunners ended their Jose Mourinho hoodoo?
Cristiano Ronaldo buys agent Jorge Mendes a whole Greek island as a wedding present
Manchester United and Adidas branded 'sexist' and 'discriminatory' as women's shirt features plunging neckline and different design
Michael Owen quickly becomes a top Twitter trend after being widely criticised for 'boring' commentary during Arsenal vs Chelsea
Manchester United and Adidas 'not sexist' over new kit say readers despite plunging neckline
- 1 Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
- 2 Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy
- 3 Tom Cruise: Reporters banned from asking actor about Scientology
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 Michael B Jordan and Kate Mara handle excruciatingly awkward and offensive interview questions like pros