England should not be ashamed of their early exit from the 2014 Fifa World Cup, says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Defeats against Italy and Uruguay meant the national side failed to progress beyond the group stages for the first time since 1958.
"I don't feel comfortable to criticise England because I think they shouldn't be ashamed of this situation," Mourinho, 51, told Yahoo.
"They did not have the football gods on their side."
Mourinho believed Roy Hodgson's men were handed a stiff test when the draw for Brazil 2014 was made last year.
"England were not lucky," added the Portuguese, who has won two league title with the Blues, and Champions League crowns with Inter Milan and Porto.
"For some reason it's possible that you have three world champions and three strong teams like Uruguay, Italy and England in the same group.
"England did well, played well, competed well, started both matches very well, were not afraid of Uruguay, were not afraid of Italy."
Hodgson's side play their final Group D match on Tuesday (kick-off 17:00 BST), against Costa Rica, who have reached the first knockout stage.
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