England on Brink of World Cup Elimination After Loss to Uruguay: Hollywood Reacts
Long-suffering English football fans had their bleak expectations upheld on Thursday when two goals from Uruguay's star player Luis Suarez put them on the cusp of being knocked out.
Football is England's national sport, but the home of the Premier League hasn't won a World Cup since 1966, when it was the host nation — and it appears that this will not be their year to do it either.
Thursday's virtual elimination match against Uruguay turned into a battle of star players — and Liverpool vs. Manchester — as Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney both had goals in the 2-1 loss for England.
In his 10th World Cup appearance covering 759 minutes on the pitch, Rooney, 28, finally scored his first World Cup goal to tie the match in the second-half, but the celebration was short-lived as Suarez quickly responded with the clincher.
Group D rivals Costa Rica and Italy (who play each other on Friday): both have three points. Uruguay also has three points, but England has none following two consecutive defeats.
John Oliver revealed the heartbreak of being an England fan and his disdain for World Cup's governing body on Late Night with Seth Meyers last week, telling him: "FIFA is awful, but the product they have is amazing. I am unbelievably excited about the next few weeks."
Hollywood's other British stars expressed their disappointment and often cynically-realistic expectations through Twitter and Instagram after the team nicknamed the Three Lions lost.
One Direction's Liam Payne cheered on his home country during the match, urging "the boys" on.
Come on England let's get behind the boys— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) June 19, 2014
ESPN's analytics expert and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver gave England just a four percent chance of surviving to the next round.
Cheer up, England! You still have a 4% chance of advancing. http://t.co/5LRdMRlzTz— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 19, 2014
Russell Brand got behind the team and winger Raheem Sterling.
Sterling "and it hurt me knee". #england
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) June 19, 2014
British-born newscaster Piers Morgan did a play-by-play of his pain during the match in a series of colorful tweets, with a brief celebration when Rooney scored.
If USA progress further in this World Cup than England, I can never return there. My life would be unbearable. #ENGvURU— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 19, 2014
Rooney's our best player, and he's been superb tonight. Get behind him. #ENGvURU— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 19, 2014
If there's one thing more annoying than losing tonight, it's those smug commercials for shampoo & sandwiches starring England players.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 19, 2014
ESPN and Grantland columnists Men in Blazers, a.k.a. Roger Bennett and Michael Davis, made amusing and educated comments about the match, and the aftermath.
That was so American of England— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 19, 2014
Rooney has missed with his head, his left foot and his right foot. An English Hattrick— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 19, 2014
Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James responded to the stress the same way England fans did across the nation — with chocolate and alcohol, then a desperate hope for a miracle.
Going to get drunk...— E L James (@E_L_James) June 19, 2014
After Australia was knocked out the day before, Socceroos and New York Red Bulls player Tim Cahill pledged his support for both Uruguay and Rooney.
Before tweeting with Morgan…