England’s stuttering World Cup campaign came to end with a comprehensive 19-12 defeat to France in the quarterfinals. The damage was done in the first half, as tries by Vincent Clerc and Maxime Medard gave the French a 16-0 lead they never relinquished.
Now the inquest begins.
The English media, not renowned for its sympathy toward failure, will be unrelenting, tearing Coach Martin Johnson and the players to shreds over the next few days.
So where did it go wrong for the nation with the most money, resources and players?