Former England international Rio Ferdinand believes that Roy Hodgson’s men deserve to be out of the World Cup after some naïve performances.

Defeats at the hands of Italy and Uruguay left the Three Lions reliant on other results to even have a hope of booking a spot in the knockout phase of the competition heading into the last game, but Costa Rica’s shock victory against the Azzurri put pay to those yesterday.

England will take on the Central Americans in a dead-rubber next up knowing that no matter what they do, this year will make the first time since 1958 that the nation has failed to make it out of the group phase.

Ferdinand – who has been working as a pundit in Brazil for the tournament – believes that some lacklustre displays mean that Hodgson’s side can have no complaints about being out of the World Cup:

The World Cup for me would have been a better place with England in it, but you have to earn the right to stay in a tournament. Unfortunately for us, we have not done that,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.

“Maybe we were a bit naive in situations, in the game yesterday when we got back into it at 1-1, we had a chance to get a point and dust ourselves down, to say ‘right, we are ready for the last game when everything is going to be on it,’ but we did not give ourselves the opportunity.

“It was there for us and we just could not see it through.”

The Magic Sponge