Usual England WC
Lose first game to unfancied team - media panic national apathy
Win Second game against another unfancied team - media excitement nation wakes up to the fact that World Cup has started.
Draw third game against group leaders and qualify for knock out stages . - media hysteria full of hope for a new 1966. Nation buys flags.
First knock out round. England squeeze through on penalties. Media “our time has come” Nation stops working more comprehensively than if a general strike had been called.
Quarter final. England soundly beaten. Media in melt down. Traitors. Manager must be sacked. Nation turns over to Bake Off.
Semi finals Nothing in press. Nation “oh, is the World Cup still on.”
Final: “When does Strictly start?”