Wozzles, I think you're being too hard on them. The players gave their all but they simply choked because they were overcome by the pressure and fear of failure.
They knew that if they failed people would say they "think they are football gods, who thought they could go to the world cup, and win it on reputation alone ... the English players have really, really, let me and alot
of others down".
Sorry, I have A LOT of hangups about this :)