So England’s players are probably now sunning themselves on some faraway exotic beach while the thousands of supporters who scrimped and saved to follow their heroes are left contemplating the arrival of their next credit card bill.
I have always been a football nut as my long-suffering wife will tell you. But even I have been left cold and turned off (like the telly) for most of the past fortnight.
In days gone by World Cups meant wall-to-wall football on the Daggett gogglebox. But not anymore. The scene was set and my interest ended, when I drew England in the office sweepstake!