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There can't be a lower point for any manager, and yes, it is a national disgrace. I can't keep apologising to people. This result is now in the history books - I suppose it'll haunt me from now on. Graham Taylor, England manager, after the 2-0 defeat to the United States.

Two bad results are not the end of the world . . . I don't think it's time for a new manager. Peter Swales, chairman of FA's international committee, when asked about Graham Taylor's future.

Mr Swales is entitled to his opinion. I'm having no part of that. Sir Bert Millichip, FA chairman.

I feel more sorry for myself. This has been an embarrassing situation. Sir Bert, when asked if he felt sorry for the England fans.

I am the man for the job. I couldn't do a worse job, could I? Screaming Lord Sutch.

I know how they'll be feeling. They'll be trying to shrink and hide in their shoes, just like we did. Billy Wright, captain when England lost to the US 1-0 in 1950.

The biggest English disaster since losing India . . . the biggest win for the US since we beat mighty Trinidad-Tobago. Bob Ryan, Boston Globe columnist.

Foxborough, Massachusetts was no better a place for England to play a road game than it was 218 years ago. Michael Gee, Boston Herald columnist.

I'm going to write a song about it. Alexi Lalas, scorer of the second goal and member of The Gypsies rock group.

Royals, And Now This] New York Newsday headline.

Until the people of the FA sit up, take notice and do something then English football will suffer. The whole philosophy, the tactics and demands of the clubs has put England in the position they are in now. It is like flogging a dead horse. Roy Wegerle, US and Coventry striker.

I have never seen England heads go down like that. It was shocking. John Harkes, US and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder.

I don't know, I might be playing. England player when asked by ITV's Jim Rosenthal to provide analysis during the US game.

I'm afraid you're not. Rosenthal.

There will be a turning point. I don't know what, and I don't know when, but something will happen. Taylor.

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