England knocked out of World Cup after Italy lose
Italy's 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Friday confirmed the Three Lions' fate, having lost their opening two games of the tournament for the first time in history
England have been knocked out of the World Cup following Italy's 1-0 loss to Costa Rica on Friday.
Following a Luis Suarez-inspired 2-1 win over Uruguay in Sao Paulo on Thursday, all hopes of an unlikely last-16 berth rested on the Azzurri's beating both Costa Rica and Oscar Tabarez's side on Tuesday.
However, a header from Fulham's Bryan Ruiz at the end of the first half has moved Jorge Luis Pinto & Co. to six points and secured their own place in the knockout rounds.
It marks the first time England have failed to qualify out of their World Cup group since 1982, with the Three Lions never having lost their opening two games of the tournament before.
England now face Costa Rica on Tuesday, with Italy and Uruguay playing each other for a place in the knockout round.
Italy 0-1 Costa Rica
Uruguay 2-1 England #URUvsENG
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