Fans hoping for a miracle as Three Lions defeated again

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THE England fans in Oxford’s Wahoo bar fell silent as Uruguay’s Luis Suarez slammed the ball into the back of the net, all but eliminating the Three Lions from the World Cup.

There had been a carnival atmosphere at the Hythe Bridge Street venue since before kick-off as the Oxford faithful sang their hearts out in support of the national side.

But joyous scenes turned to tension as England went in 1-0 down before the break, and though Wayne Rooney equalised in the second half, a second Suarez strike condemned Roy Hodgson’s side.

Fans draped in the St George’s flag stood staring wide-eyed at the television screens as the final minutes ticked away with despair etched on their faces.

Some fans struggled to hide their disappointment as they streamed out of the bar after the final whistle blew in Sao Paulo.

Connor Wakefield, 18, a post office clerk of King’s Close, Thame, said: “It was so disappointing because we looked so good but nothing came of it.

“We had prepared for the game and had the majority of possession but we have ended up with nothing.

“There is still a chance we can go through but it’s very slim.”

His words were echoed by 20-year-old Matthew Organ, a manager of a sound proofing company, who lives in Crown Lane, Benson.

He said: “There was lots of effort but no end product. Uruguay had their chances and they took them.

“There was a lapse of concentration that got them their second goal.

“We need a miracle now to make it through.”

England can still progress to the knock-out stages, but only if they win in their final group game against Costa Rica. They also need Italy to defeat Uruguay and Costa Rica.

There is also hope among the England fans in Oxford that this Three Lions side has the potential to go on to better things in future tournaments.

Sam Mills, 20, of Woodstock Road and a student at the University of Oxford’s Jesus College, said: “I would say it was a great England performance.

“It was one of the strongest teams we have put out but we did not take the initiative enough.

“I think it was a brilliant but humble campaign so we can come back from that stronger, but it’s still really disappointing.

“I was so euphoric when Rooney scored; I thought we would go on to win.

“I was convinced that a draw would be disappointing – I’m so upset.”

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“I don’t thinkwe should have played Wayne Rooney.”

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“The first goal from Suarez was formulaic. We were way ahead in possession.”

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“I’m disappointed, but I’m sure the rest of the tournament will be just as entertaining.”

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1:15pm Fri 20 Jun 14

jamiek says...

Uruguay had a worldclass striker Engaland didnt simple!!!!!!
Uruguay had a worldclass striker Engaland didnt simple!!!!!! jamiek
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7:33pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

And now England are out of the World Cup.........PMSL
And now England are out of the World Cup.........PMSL Dilligaf2010
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