FIFA World Cup Brazil review

England's strong showing in a weak qualification group for Euro 2016 has pushed that argument further. But it does not remain strong.

It should not be forgotten how disappointing and dispiriting England were in Brazil. They arrived without expectation but somehow managed to lower it even further. That is some feat.

They were positive and attacking against Italy but, clearly, that performance in the humidity of Manaus took much out of them and there was a naivety tactically. Against Uruguay there was no excuse. Against Costa Rica it felt like a wake. The debate over Wayne Rooney also endured.

Steven Gerrard is consoled by Uruguay's Luis Suarez as England bow out (LEWIS WHYLD)

To go to Brazil, the spiritual home of the game, and give such a poor showing, should leave a scar for all of those involved. There was no excuse. It was a tricky group but it did not demand capitulation.

England's choice of training base, guarded by the Brazilian army, in Rio de Janeiro reinforced the impression of arrogance that they always seem to leave, although perhaps inadvertantly. Did they engage in the tournament, in the country?

Again, as in South Africa in 2010, it did not appear so. Their preparations in Portugal and Miami were questionable and the tournament also provided the death knell for the Club England structure under which England operate. At least that is a positive.

The Fifa World Cup in Brazil: One of the most disturbing aspects of a World Cup is the desire from football's governing body to try to deny any local flavour in a flurry of branding, corporate pandering, safety and blandness - and the whole Fifa circus taking over.

It happened in South Africa and caused a great deal of upset, cost a great deal of money and left a questionable legacy. The World Cup came. The World Cup went. Up went the signs; down they came. Many South Africans were not able or ever allowed to embrace it.

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