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Date published: 2006/07/01

The BBC says:

England went out of the World Cup 3-1 on penalties after their quarter-final with Portugal ended 0-0.

England lost skipper David Beckham to injury just after half-time and Wayne Rooney was sent off after 62 minutes for a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho.

They battled on bravely for the rest of normal time and extra-time with 10 men to take the game to a shoot-out.

But Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher missed to end their hopes and Sven-Goran Eriksson's reign.

Well England is not the best football team in the world and the quarter-final is about their level, especially when the "hero" Rooney managed to get himself sent off. England went out of the World Cup in 1990 and 1998 on penalties and you had to believe it was going to happen again when Gary Lineker calmly announced that "by the law of averages" England should win this time around. They need to teach more probability in schools.

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