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20/06/2014 18:12, Report by Adam Bostock

England's exit confirmed

Manchester United's four England players at the World Cup - Wayne RooneyDanny Welbeck, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones - will fly home from Brazil next week following confirmation of their national team's knockout.

Thursday's disappointing 2-1 defeat to Uruguay had left the Three Lions needing Italy to beat Costa Rica in Recife on Friday but instead the reverse happened as the lowest-ranked team in Group D triumphed 1-0. 

The Central American side scored with a superb first-half header by Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz and despite a couple of close calls involving Italy forward Mario Balotelli, they rarely looked like surrendering their lead.

The shock result means Costa Rica have now qualified for the last 16 with one game to spare, against England in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. On the same day at the same time, 17:00 BST, the two conquerors of Rooney, Welbeck and co - Italy and Uruguay - will contest the remaining Group D ticket to the next round. 

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