Last year Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski published an excellent (and serious) book called "Why England Lose". I've just glanced at it again. Here is their analysis, from the book, of the phases of England's Football World Cup campaigns. I haven't changed a word:
Phase One pre-tournament: Certainty that England will win the World Cup
Phase Two: During the tournament England meet a former wartime enemy.
Phase Three: England conclude that the game turned on one freakish piece of bad luck that could only happen to them.
Phase Four: Moreover everyone else cheated.
Phase Five: England are knocked out without getting anywhere near lifting the cup
Phase Six: The day after elimination, normal life resumes.
Phases Seven: A scapegoat is found
Phases Eight: England enter the next World Cup thinking they will win it
Well they weren't wrong, were they?