England vs Australia: Twitter tears into English flops after crashing out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Fans vented their fury and despair in equal measure after England were eliminated from their own Rugby World Cup

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England shock exit from the Rugby World Cup triggered a wave of disappointment across the nation as Stuart Lancaster’s side became the first host nation to crash out at the pool stage.

The 33-13 defeat by Australia came in a match that England could not afford to lose, as the Wallabies now join Wales in progressing to the quarter-finals from Pool A.

When England needed to step up most and fight for their World Cup dream, they were nowhere to be seen as Australia fly-half Bernard Foley masterminded the downfall of the hosts with a 28-point personal haul – a record against England.

As soon as the final whistle sounded and fans streamed to the exits at Twickenham, the inquisition began and calls for Lancaster’s head have come think and fast since Saturday night.

Lancaster immediately apologised and took the blame for the World Cup exit:



But fans already knew by half-time that England were in a spot of bother with the red rose down 17-3:



With the final whistle, it was confirmed that England were out of the World Cup that they are hosting in their own back yard, and they still have the indignity of playing one final pool game against Uruguay in Manchester next weekend.



However, as is the way with English sporting meltdowns, Twitter’s best were on hand to tear into the home side and make joke after joke at their expense:



24 years ago, when England last hosted the Rugby World Cup, they made it all the way to the final before going down to Australia. This time around, the opposition was the same, but the result was far more embarrassing.