The Three Lions entered the tournament in high spirits despite expectations being at an all-time low with a squad packed with young talent and experienced names, but their hopes of any success have now been extinguished after just two games.
Losses to Italy and Uruguay mean that Roy Hodgson’s men will be returning home before the knockouts even start regardless of their result against shock group leaders Costa Rica – the first time such a fate has befallen England since 1958.
Hamann says that he doesn’t know why fans and pundits were so positive, particularly after the opening loss to the Azzurri:
“They had their chance and they had the players to do better.” He told talkSPORT.
“I don’t understand all the positivity they had, even after the first game everyone had positives. If you lose football games in tournaments there are no positives.
“It’s very disappointing because I thought they had a team that could hurt other teams.”
Costa Rica are already through to the second stage, while the Italy vs. Uruguay game will decide who joins them.