So, as we have grown accustomed to at this time of the year, England are out of a major tournament at the quarter-final stage, and thoughts turn back to other sports.
Will Britons have more luck with a racquet or a bat in hand? We run down the chances of British glory in a thrilling summer of sport.
The event: Wimbledon
When: June 25 — July 8
Key man: Andy Murray
Opposition: Unlike in previous years, Murray has a perilous draw at SW19 from the very beginning. A string of powerful servers lie in wait, as well as a potential semi-final against Rafael Nadal and a final against Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer. The feeling is that if Murray is going to win Wimbledon, it won't be this year.
Likelihood of British glory: 3/10
The event: Tour de France
When: June 30 — July 22
Key men: Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish
Opposition: Cadel Evans is the defending Tour de France champion, but several men who might have stood in Wiggins' way, such as Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador, are absent this year. Wiggins is in the form of his life, and is amongst the favourites. If he wins, he would become the first Briton to do so in the history of the race. Meanwhile, team-mate Mark Cavendish aims to defend his sprinters' title.
Likelihood of British glory: 8/10
The event: The Open
When: July 19-22
Key men: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
Opposition: A slew of golfers stand in the way of a title at Royal Lytham at St Anne's, but these three remain at the pinnacle of the sport, and will be once again amongst the favourites. American golfers are starting to make their presence felt in the top 10 again, with three first-time winners of the Majors since Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke won last year's Open.
Likelihood of British glory: 5/10
The event: Three Tests v South Africa, T20 cricket World Cup
When: 19 July - 20 August (Tests) 18 September — 7 October (World Cup
Key team: England
Opposition: The world's best Test side meet the side ranked second for what promise to be three terrific encounters later this summer. Once England negotiate that, the next objective is the T20 World Cup. The champions of 2010 will have no shortage of rivals for their title in Sri Lanka. England's subcontinental record is patchy at best, and the likes of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will be serious challengers, as will balanced South Africa and improving Australia.
Likelihood of British glory: 6/10
The event: British Grand Prix
When: July 6-8
Key men: Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Paul di Resta
Opposition: Hamilton is very much in the title fight this season, and Button has won a race earlier in the campaign. Whether that is enough to take one of the three British drivers to the first home victory at Silverstone since 2008 is something of an unknown, given the unpredictable nature of the sport this season.
Likelihood of British glory: 5/10
The event: The 2012 Olympic Games
When: July 27-August 12
Key men and women: Too many to name
Opposition: The world's best athletes (and the occasional Eric the Eel) will line up in London for the two weeks of thrilling sport. But Team GB, who were a very creditable fourth overall in the medals table back in 2008, will be expecting to have several gold-laden days during the Games, with a feel-good factor lasting all the way through the competition.
Likelihood of British glory: 9/10
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