It was all so close to going gloriously, pathetically, predictably wrong for England. They put in a first half against Wales that was reminiscent of everything that England had ever done wrong in the past: there was talent on the field, more talent than the opposition, but England not only couldn’t get ahead, they found themselves behind. When Gareth Bale sent in his deep, deep free-kick past Joe hart, who maybe should have done better, it seemed like history was doomed to repeat itself.
Go ahead and draw conclusions about what this means with regards to England, but Russia will be the worst nation to ever host a World Cup. South Africa, the only host nation to ever fail to advance from the World Cup group stage, at least gave us the entertainment value of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Steven Pienaar and the vuvuzela.
It's a hard life for an England fan. As the England National Team gear up for another go at a European Championship, most fans can't help but remember the heartbreak and tears of past attempts.
Wayne Rooney put in a Man of the Match performance as Manchester United brushed aside Bournemouth 3-1 at Old Trafford. Rooney opened up the scoring in the 43rd minute after some lovely team play between Anthony Martial and Juan Mata on the edge of the box.
The goal was Rooney's 100th in the Premier League at Old Trafford, and the OptaJoe Twitter account was quick to highlight the relevance of that.
Deutschland! The land of beer, sausages, and athletes that are pretty much machines. It's also home to the defending World Cup champions and the bitter rival to England, so you could see why a Three Lions fan would be a little hesitant to fly with German airline Lufthansa.
But the airline set out to show that even English fans can fly with them, and that it won't be a miserable experience. Sure, there may be some passengers that will boast about their 4 World Cup championships, but it could be worse.
It’s hard to not believe Wesley Hall when he talks. In his recent interview with the BBC concerning the Manchester Angels — a homeless activist group he leads — being granted permission to squat in a building by Gary Neville, he cuts a contrasting figure to the other homeless men that preceed him. They, as well-meaning and nice as they seem, cannot match Hall’s obvious wit and conviction.
Having already secured qualification for Euro 2016 at the top of Group E, Roy Hodgson and England have already switched gears, looking forward to the start of the tournament and setting their sights on winning their first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup.
However, England is already facing their first obstacle in France before they have even arrived.