Britain's losing feeling in what is rapidly becoming an inglorious summer of sport is highlighted on today's back pages. Andy Murray's defeat to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of Wimbledon shares centre stage, if not Centre Court, with the news that the much-lamented Fabio Capello will remain with England despite the national team's humiliating 4-1 thumping by Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup finals.
The fallout from England's exit last Sunday continues to gather pace after the Football Association's announcment that they will not be dispensing with the somewhat costly services of Capello.
"Trust Fab," says Rio Ferdinand in The Sun. The Manchester United defender was, of course, injured before the finals, but is of a mind that the Italian coach is the right man to lead England into their impending Euro 2012 qualifying campaign for a tournament that will be staged in Poland and the Ukraine.
"I believe 100% that Fabio Capello will turn England around. He will make what was a negative into a positive," argues Ferdinand. "I'm sure he's learned a lot from this tournament, and I know how determined he is to get us back on track."
David Beckham was among the beautiful people lapping up the drama of Murray's duel on Centre Court, but he can also be found this morning on the inside pages of The Sun telling the tabloid that he is keen to add to his 115 caps.
"While I'm flattered to be talked about as a coach, I still see myself as a player and remain supportive of the manager," says Beckham.
The Daily Mirror picks up on a similar theme with "Out Out In" reflecting Murray's demise in the tennis, Brazil's surprise loss to the Netherlands and perhaps the equally surprising decision by the Football Association to stick by Capello after the country's arduous campaign in South Africa.
Later editions of The Sun actually announce the decision by the FA to retain Capello with the words: "Fabio keeps job as footy bosses decide to do...Sweet FA."
The Mirror shares its rival's discontentment.
Football reporter Martin Lipton pens an article demanding that the former Milan and Juventus manager start earning the £6million he reportedly earns in the post.
"Six weeks ago we thought we knew what Capello was all about - meticulous, determined, sure of purpose and solid of convictions," writes Lipton. "Nobody really believes that any more after the vacillations, inconsistencies and tactical misjudgments on and off the pitch that came together in such depressing circumstances in Bloemfontein last Sunday."
Veteran England critic Brian Woolnough is quick to tear into the national side in the Daily Star.
He says that England fans should look to boycott England's friendly match with Hungary at Wembley in August "as a protest against the ludicrous decision not to sack hapless coach Fabio Capello".
Warming to the task, but stopping slightly short of demanding Capello be led to the Tower of London, Woolnough says that the decision by the FA to stick by the Italian is farcical.
"We have "Carry on Capello" and it smacks of all the slapstick of the famous films. Capello is Sid James and we can only laugh at him. But he must be laughing at the FA.....England at a deserted national stadium is the only way of showing the players and Capello what you think of them. Nothing."
The broadsheet Daily Telegraph like to think of itself as casting a more mature glance at the England situation. Henry Winter continues to bang his drum about England's failings being the lack of flexibility in pursuing a 4-4-2 formation that was destined to fail before the national squad touched down in South Africa.
"England can race all the way to Poland/Ukraine and Fabio Capello's credibility will remain tarnished by his disastrous adherence to 4-4-2 at the 2010 World Cup," writes Winter. "England can progress deep into the tournament, chipping away at the old Eastern bloc, and still Capello can escape censure for wasting a talent such as Steven Gerrard on the left."
Spain are unlikely to escape censure if they fail to overcome Paraguay in their quarter-final this evening.
The Spanish press are expecting big things from their European champions.
AS has a quote from the Spain manager Vicente del Bosque. "We can make history" says Del Bosque as Spain search for a place in their first World Cup semi-final.
The German press are gearing up for a robust repeat of their World Cup quarter-final with Argentina four years ago when there was almost fisticuffs after Germany ousted the South Americans on penalties.
"A match on the brink of legality" - (German manager Joachim) Löw says that Argentina fights heavily and with a lot of passion on the pitch - almost near foul" which suggests the football purists may not welcome what lies in store in Cape Town.
At least Germany and Argentina maintain an interest in the finals. There has been much wailing and lamenting on the streets of Brazil after their unexpected defeat by the Dutch in the last eight.
Sometimes a picture tells a thousand words and the image on Jornal do Brasil would seem to sum up the mood of national mourning in the country. A fan crying wrapped in a Brazilian flag under sentiments bemoaning the death of the country's World Cup dream at the hands of "Agent Orange".
- Fabio Capello
- Andy Murray
- Centre Court