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I always knew this would happen, says man who had £50 bet on England winning tournament

England fan Ron Sharp has confirmed he always knew the Three Lions were going to lose to Iceland despite having backed Roy Hodgson’s team to go all the way in France.

Sharp, from Wallasey, told friends that it was obvious all along that England would face a humiliating early exit, having previously insisted the 9-1 pre-tournament odds on Roy Hodgson's side winning the thing represented “great value”.

50 years of hurt

Typical bloody England, always finding some way to balls it up,” said Sharp, who also put £20 on Wayne Rooney to be the tournament’s top goalscorer

“Typical bloody England, always finding some way to balls it up,” said Sharp, who also put £20 on Wayne Rooney to be the tournament’s top goalscorer.

“I can’t understand those people who thought this time would be different. I said all along that we were crap, and nobody in their right mind should have expected anything different.

“Jack Wilshere should not have been near the team,” he continued, “And the fact I am wearing a replica shirt with his name on it was merely intended to draw attention to this ridiculous situation.

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“And what was Hodgson thinking picking [Raheem] Sterling? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result,” he continued, having spent over £1,000 on bets that England would win every international football tournament stretching back to 1982.

Sharp added that England would undoubtedly fail at Russia 2018 if they even managed to qualify, before excusing himself to check the price of flights to Moscow.

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