Another day, another debacle. Pictures of England players holed up in a hotel taking the weight off their feet, boozing and puffing on cigars after the loss to Germany while the Football Association debate the future of the much-maligned national coach Fabio Capello. This is juicy material for a tabloid feeding frenzy.
The front page of The Sun focuses on an unfortunate image of Aaron Lennon sucking on a Cuban cigar with the rest of his teammates amid a smattering of beer, wine and cigars.
The image apparently was sent home from defender Ledley King via a Blackberry, but causes uproar in The Sun's main comment page.
"Own goal, lads," says The Sun. "Hours after being shamed by Germany our losers were puffing fat cigars in a hotel lounge festooned with beer bottles and a champagne bucket.
"What exactly were you celebrating, lads? And how could idiots at the FA be so insensitive as to allow a boozy party at a time of national humiliation?"
Defender Ashley Cole apparently sent a message before the finals, saying: "I hate England and the people", which seems both mischievous and meaningless, but contributes to the general feeling of contempt for England's players on the front and back pages.
The FA are reportedly suffering from as many splits as England's defence in South Africa, according to a fairly boiling selection of dailies. The British press are like pigs in muck, wallowing in the uncertainty over Capello's role as the country's national team coach, especially as he was yesterday bound for a "luxury" holiday in Switzerland.
First up is that bastion of truth and decorum, The Sun, a tabloid in which everything is usually black and white, but today promotes a greyish hue with Capello pictured on its back page in his official England suit.
"FA bigwig wants Fab to stay," says the newspaper in claiming that Phil Gartside, the Bolton chairman, an FA board member, is wanting the Italian coach to lead the team through the Euro 2012 championship qualifying campaign.
"We have the best man for the job. It isn't his fault what happened. He has done a good job and needs to get on with it," says Gartside.
The general theme is replicated in the other Red Tops. "Farce" says the Daily Star. "Dithering bosses split on whether Fab should stay or go". The front page of the organ has a blaring headline "Pack your WAGS!", claiming England players will soon be doing what they do best: "luxury holidays, shopping with their WAGS and signing big, fat money deals".
The Independent is a bit less intense, but gets the message across. "Capello is still right man for England", with more quotes from Gartside, while Frank Lampard is pictured with a couple of vuvuzelas under a headline that says "Time to face the music", as the England team arrive home from the finals.
Martin Samuel has his own take on what has gone wrong in the Daily Mail. "England's problem? The players are talented but stupid". Not as stupid as their behaviour when disembarking from their plane at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday morning, according to the Daily Mirror.
"England team's Heathrow no-show sadly all too predictable," says a bubbling Mirror. "Just as they failed to turn up in South Africa, they went missing again yesterday. You felt sorry for the kids with autograph books and pens left disappointed, with their cameras and picture-phones at the ready," writes Darren Lewis.
"The players, however, were being given the red carpet treatment. And gave everyone else the slip."
Several newspapers carry reports that the Fulham Roy Hodgson will be installed as Liverpool's new manager today after agreeing a compensation package worth £2.5million, but he has his own views on England's 4-1 thumping by Germany.
Hodgson finds time in the Daily Telegraph to demand the introduction of goal-line technology after the Frank Lampard goal that never was.
"A lot of nonsense has been spoken and written about England's defeat, however. In my opinion, people are looking for things that are not there.
"If that 'goal' by Frank Lampard had been given - as it should have been - we would have gone in at half-time level. Then who knows what would have happened."
The Spanish press revel in their country's win over Iberian neighbours Portugal in the last 16 of the finals.
Marca has the headline saying "This is my Spain" in reflecting the mood that Spain are revisiting the levels that carried them to the European title two years ago.
David Villa is lauded by AS for his winner against Portugal. "Bullfighters" is the main headline with a picture of Villa celebrating.
Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport is similarly enthusiastic over Spain's win. "Villa the marvellous" it says on its first page.
The German press are gearing up for their country's quarter-final with Germany on Saturday.
Bild leads with a confident Diego Maradona's thoughts. "Maradona: World Cup is over for Germany" which may sound sensationalist stuff, but is merely trivial compared to what is washing up at the door of England's former World Cup participants.