Millions of England fans were left disappointed as Eddie Jones’ men lost to South Africa in today’s nail-biting Rugby World Cup final.
Supporters were up early to watch the clash which saw the Springboks defeat England 32-12 in Japan.
They filled pubs across the country, in the hope the favourites England might repeat their 2003 win.
Tens of thousands of fans watched in Japan, alongside the Duke of Sussex, patron of the Rugby Football Union.
The game, which kicked off at 09:00 GMT at the Yokohama International Stadium, was England’s first World Cup final in 12 years.
But things did not go their way from the start with prop Kyle Sinckler knocked out in an accidental collision before England conceded several penalties.
Then the Springboks put the result beyond doubt with two tries in the second half.
Pubs in London began to empty before the final whistle as South Africa’s name was engraved on the Webb Ellis cup for the third time.
But England fans in the Admiralty pub, in London’s Trafalgar Square, said while they were disappointed, the best team had won.
Michael O’Donnell, 58, from Kent, said the Springboks were “a much stronger team physically” on the day.
“While I’m disappointed with the result, nothing fell England’s way and they deserved the game,” he said.
“Last week [in the semi-final against New Zealand] we were outstanding and this week, there was a little bit of nerves and it wasn’t to be.
“I’m upset because the players truly believed they were going to win today. They will take it like men. We watched the best team win today.”
Paul Wylie, 57, of Sevenoaks, said South Africa had been “strong and brutal”.
“I was worried that we peaked last week because it was a massive thing to beat New Zealand,” he said.
“Their game today was too strong for us. They set their stall out and played a much tougher game.
“Getting to the final is a massive achievement in itself.”
Some fans voiced their disappointment, accusing the England team of underperforming.
Thomas Bishop, 30, said: “I was expecting England to do better and they underperformed, if anything.”
Dominic Maher, 34, added: “It’s the final and I just came out for the atmosphere but England massively underperformed. They had a lot of spirit in the first half but in the second half, it went downhill rapidly.”
Meanwhile, South Africa supporters celebrated their win in pubs up and down the country.
After the match, England Rugby tweeted it was “not the result we wanted”, before congratulating the Springboks on their win.
A number of politicians commiserated with England on the loss, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn and former Prime Minister Theresa May.
The British Beer and Pub Association had predicted an extra million pints would be sold today if England had been victorious. It’s not known how many more are likely to be drunk as fans drown their sorrows.
Harpenden Rugby Club – where three of the World Cup team, including captain Owen Farrell, began their rugby careers – hosted an event for several hundred fans.
So many England supporters turned up they were forced to watch the game from outside, despite the rain.
Tom Stagg, a fly-half for Harpenden Rugby Football Club (HRFC), said the loss was sad and depressing, and “going to end with a few beers”.
“We have four ex-players from the club in the final, to lose is obviously very disappointing but it has been such a great trip – and it has been awesome.”
Many supporters, including Mr Stagg, wore Owen Farrell face masks for the final.
“He was always a hell of a player,” he said.
Meanwhile fans at Crewe & Nantwich RUFC – the club where flanker Tom Curry and his twin brother Ben played for up to the age of 16 – donned masks of the player in anticipation of an England win, but were left disappointed on the final whistle.
Ahead of the match, vice chair Andy Pemberton, who did some coaching with the twins during their time at the club, said: “To see one of your guys walking out, knowing he’s played at the pitches here at Crewe & Nantwich is something special. The chest puffs out.
“You see him belting out the national anthem and it brings a tear to your eye.”