World Cup 2014: England squad arrive back from Brazil

England's footballers return to Manchester Airport

The England football team have returned to the UK after being knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage for the first time since 1958.

The plane arrived in Manchester from Brazil to drop off the northern-based players before landing at Luton airport with the rest of the squad.

England failed to win a single game during a disappointing campaign.

They ended the tournament with a dull stalemate against Costa Rica on Tuesday before leaving their base in Rio.

Manager Roy Hodgson has been backed by the Football Association to remain in the job but there are doubts over several senior players including captain Steven Gerrard, who is pondering his international future.

Hodgson, who said he had been left "numbed" by their exit, is confident the side have a bright future with their new crop of young players.

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Gary Cahill gets off the plane at Luton airport
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