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Last Updated: Tuesday June 29 2010 06:32 GMT

England team arrive back in UK

Steven Gerrard

The defeated England football team have landed back in the UK after being knocked out of the World Cup by Germany.

The players looked sleepy as they went through security checks at the airport in South Africa.

They touched down at Heathrow airport in London at about 6.30am on Tuesday.

England boss Fabio Capello said one of the reasons the team were knocked out of the World Cup by Germany 4-1 was that the players were "really tired".

Capello has been told by the Football Association that he must wait two weeks to find out whether he can stay on as England manager.

Wayne Rooney
Rooney steps off the plane - but the team won't get the hero's welcome they hoped for.

The 4-1 defeat was England's worst defeat in the tournament's history.

Stolen shirts

And the players didn't just lose their game - a few of them had underwear, a medal and shirts stolen from their team hotel in Rustenburg.
The FA said that the people responsible have been caught and everything that was taken has been returned.