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English FA chairman believes Prince Harry visit would have inspired World Cup team

Sean Leahy
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Another World Cup, another disappointing showing for the English national team. Two losses and a boring draw with Costa Rica saw England finish last in Group D. You could blame the lack of scoring, playmaking and roster selection by manager Roy Hodgson, or you could pin some of it on Prince Harry.

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Earlier this week, Prince Harry arrived in South America for a seven-day royal tour through Chile and Brazil to visit hospitals and local charities, while also fitting in two World Cup matches, including England-Costa Rica on Tuesday. But according to English FA chairman Greg Dyke, the royal prince’s visit came too late to save Hodgson’s side.

From the Independent:

“It's a shame Harry didn't come last week, he probably would have helped.” He added: “I feel really sorry for Harry and our fans that we didn't have a chance of staying on - but that's life. 

The two men chatted during a business brunch at the sports centre, where the Prince explained to the FA chairman that he had not travelled specifically for the England game.

If Dykes thinks that England’s players needed a royal visit in order to change their fortunes at the World Cup then maybe, just maybe, his manager chose the wrong players. But Prince Harry didn't believe so.

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Said the prince to Dyke: "It's the best England team we've had for some time - but hey, you win some you lose some."

England certainly knows how to lose some.

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