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It’s official – England are the biggest bottle jobs in world sport

| 18.03.2015

England are the biggest disappointment in world sport, according to the latest Ladbrokes News poll.

With South Africa failing to reach a cricket World Cup final in six attempts the Proteas are in danger of being dubbed the sport’s most disappointing side and that got us thinking.

So we asked you to vote for the biggest sporting failure and the resounding response was England! Any sport, any time, anywhere, England.

With a few minor exceptions – the 1966 football World Cup, the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the 2010 World Twenty20 – England’s teams have been underwhelming at major tournaments for too long and it seems 38 per cent of you feel the English are the biggest bottlers in the world of sport.

Brazil’s 7-1 mauling at the hands of Germany in their own back yard last summer and AC Milan’s capitulation when 3-0 up against Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final were also top contenders and were voted into joint second with 28 per cent of the total votes apiece.

Rory McIlroy – who was tipped by yesterday’s poll to be the most successful sportsman from the Emerald Isle in 2015 – received six per cent of the votes for his Masters meltdown in 2011.

The Northern Irishman was four shots to the good going into the final day and knew a steady round would see him home but a horrendous eight over saw him finish some 10 shots off the pace!

And Sri Lanka, who have failed to live up to the dizzying heights they reached in the 1996 Cricket World Cup got off scot free!

Despite being beaten finalists twice and exiting at the semi-final stage in 2003 since that win the Lions did not receive a single vote in our poll – showing that it’s Three Lions not The Lions that are the biggest bottlers in sport.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.