YOUNGSTERS were happy to stay back at school to watch the football - even if the World Cup has all ended in disappointment for their England heroes.
Like the rest of the nation, pupils and staff at St Aidan’s Primary School, in Hartlepool, were hoping Roy’s Boys would bring the prize home from Brazil.
But defeats to Italy and Uruguay saw them knocked out, and a goalless draw with Costa Rica didn’t give them much to shout about.
More than 30 youngsters came back to watch the game, and sports teacher Jonny Murray said despite England’s poor showing the school had been gripped by World Cup fever.
He said: “I thought it would be a good idea to get the kids involved, because some of them may not have seen the games at home.
“They’ve all been really interested, and when we’ve been playing football in PE they’ve all been trying to be like Neymar and the other players who have done well.”
Mark Carter, 10, said: “I think the World Cup is great, but England haven’t been very good. It’s a bit weird coming back to school to watch it, but I’ve enjoyed it.”
Adam Stirling, 11, said: “I think England could have done a bit better. I’m disappointed they won’t win it, I think Germany might win.”
Jack Jacques, 10, reckons Roy Hodgson should have given him a call.
He said: “I scored a great goal against Rift House last week from outside the box. I would have done better than some of them playing for England!”
Abbie Hall, 10, added: “I like football. England haven’t been very good, but it’s been great to be able to come to school to see it. I think Italy might win it.”