Every World Cup the English national side is waved away from Heathrow by an expectant nation that is led into a fever by the tabloid press and awaits the team's return with the most famous trophy of them all.
England is one of the biggest football nations on Earth and always has the look of a squad capable of going all the way.
Yet, it always gets carried away with its capabilities, ultimately gets knocked out after the group stages (on penalties) and arrives home, where one poor soul normally faces the brunt of the discontent.
In the past it has been David Beckham's fault, or David Seaman's for his bad positioning for Ronaldinho's freak (but on purpose) free-kick.
So who will be the lucky man this time?
It seems this year the media was building the team up and tearing it down pre-tournament.
The tabloids installed the English as World Cup favouites before ripping then-captain John Terry to shreds.
Maybe John Terry could be to blame this time?
Close but no cigar for the Chelsea man. Because no matter how far England goes in this World Cup (and it will get out of its group), when it inevitably gets knocked out (you can't win playing route one balls to Emile Heskey) it will all be Rob Green's fault.
Yes, his mistake was inexcusable, but did he really cost England the three points?
The USA looked like the better footballing side on Saturday. It was the team that tried to play the ball through midfield, unlike England, which bypassed Gerrard and Lampard in favor of route one to Heskey.
Fabio Capello also has to take his fair share of blame for some of his choices—taking an injury-prone Ledley King, choosing Emile Heskey over Darren Bent, starting an unfit James Milner in midfield, and isolating a frustrated Wayne Rooney.
Green has already been torn to shreds at home and abroad; he better get his tin hat ready for when the plane arrives back in Heathrow.