The England football squad touched down on Wednesday afternoon after their sorry World Cup mis-adventure finally came to an end.
With Manchester and Luton airports emptier than a Roy Hodgson team talk, there was no applause, no cheering and no open-top bus to welcome home the Three Lions after a performance that was more embarrassing than Fat Les and Vindaloo.
The 0-0 draw with Costa Rica yesterday afternoon left them bottom of Group D and confirmed World Cup 2014 as their worst showing on the international stage since 1958.
But despite the lack of fanfare, Paddy Power’s time-rich marketing department was on hand to make sure England’s finest didn’t ghost through baggage reclaim as anonymously as Mesut Ozil in a big game for Arsenal.
A giant size billboard in the English capital greeted rush-hour commuters as the players made their way back home.
A spokesperson for Paddy Power said:
Why should England come back to an empty airport with no welcome reception, no parade. Hopefully they manage to deal with airport security better than they dealt with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.