Millions of England fans left distraught after piling into pubs around country to cheer on rugby heroes

IT WAS a heartbreaking boozy morning for millions of England rugby fans, after they got up at the crack of dawn and piled into pubs across the country to cheer on our rugby heroes.

Dreams of World Cup glory fizzled out quickly as Eddie Jones’ men were out-muscled by South Africa before eventually being crushed 32-12 in Yokohama.

Frustrated fans were left heartbroken as England lost their grip in the World Cup Final
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A devastated fan is seen sobbing as South Africa are crowned winners
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In Croydon, South London, a dejected fan slumps on a table, unable to bear the defeat
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England last held the Webb Ellis cup in 2003 – and were left heartbroken after they failed to live up to their promise today
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Millions of England fans got up early to cheer on the Red Roses – but were left nursing a devastating defeat
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The tense game was too much for many supporters, as South Africa held on to their 100 per cent record of Rugby World Cup final wins
They think it’s all over… fans with mascots console each other over the disappointing performance
South Africa fans erupt in joy as they celebrate their side’s superb win
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England’s Billy Vunipola, who was cut during the match, looked distraught as the final whistle blew

Thousands of pubs opened early for the 9am kick-off, with queues seen snaking through streets ahead of the game.

Meanwhile, an army of red and white knights filled Japan’s Yokohama International Stadium and the surrounding bars.

Prince Harry was in the stands with Japan’s prime minister after delivering the Queen’s team-talk.

But the early excitement and optimism – on the back of a thrilling semi-final win against the All Blacks last weekend – was quickly dampened as England fell behind and never recovered.

Over in Japan, where a 6pm start allowed for more drinking time, fans were seen partying in the streets and belting out “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”.

But supporters were left in tears at the final whistle as hopes of a second World Cup triumph were crushed by a superb Springbok side.

Fans across the country were seen queuing up for a rugby World Cup breakfast
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The A14 in Cambridge was deserted this morning as rugby lovers flocked to their nearest screen
Abandoned streets and roads in Newcastle this morning as rugby fans stay indoors to watch their side take on the Springboks
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PM Boris Johnson praised South Africa’s ‘rock-like’ defence after cheering England on


Speaking after the match, fly half George Ford told ITV: “We were massively inaccurate first half.

“Couldn’t build any pressure. South Africa got us into that game which they are very good at.

“It’s a difficult one to take.

“You always want to get on the front foot in this game. You can’t fault our lads up front they’ve been great all tournament.

“South Africa got one over us today.”

South Africa’s players celebrate winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa
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A passionate England fan cheering our heroes on from the sideline at the Yokohama Stadium
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