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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 August 2005, 07:46 GMT 08:46 UK
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England suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at Denmark on Wednesday.

It was their worst defeat since 1980 and the daily newspapers at home did not hold back in their criticism.

The Sun called it "Probably the worst result in the world", a play on words on the adverts for Danish beer Carlsberg.

Under-fire goalkeeper David James came in for some stick for his second half display, with the paper using his face with some donkey's ears on the front page alongside the caption "Eeore we go again".

The Mirror called it a "Danish pasting" and said "no squad that relies on David James as back-up goalkeeper and Glen Johnson as the second option at right-back can expect anything other than a premature return from Germany - if they get there at all".

Goalkeeper David "Shames" came in for more stick over his admission that he did not warm-up properly.

The Daily Mail called England "World Cup wallies" in response to David Beckham's claims that they could go all the way in Germany next year.

They described it as a "crushing defeat by the poorest Denmark team in recent memory".

They added "the sooner England's cricketers get back into action against the Aussies the better for our national self esteem".

The Daily Express described it as "Blunderful Copenhagen" and said Sven-Goran Eriksson let fly after the heavy loss.

They said: "Though England talk a good game, their words continue to ring hollow."

The Daily Star backpage said "We're Den for" and described it as an atrocious performance.

They blamed Eriksson for the below-par display adding: "England last night had nothing to offer. No pride, guts, determination. Nothing."

Most papers picked out Wayne Rooney as England's only outstanding player, with The Daily Telegraph saying he was "the sole beacon of hope in the gloom".

The Independent called England "pathetic" - describing them as "some extraordinary talent but a less than ordinary sense of team".

The Guardian said it would have made "delightful viewing for Welsh eyes" ahead of the World Cup qualifier between the British rivals early next month.

The match made front-page news in Denmark with the country's top-selling tabloid Ekstra Bladet headlining its front-page report "Denmark wiped out England".

It also reports on British media reaction to the defeat under the headline "British press shocked by defeat".

Another Copenhagen tabloid, B.T., leads with "English hammered in the media" and describes Denmark's win as "sensational" and "fantastic" after the home side scored three times in "seven golden Danish minutes".

Leading broadsheet Jyllands-Posten describes the match as "a festival of football in Parken" in a front-page headline and the daily also reports on "British press in shock after worst defeat in 25 years".




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