Outsiders Italy dealt England a big blow when they beat them in a warm up match yesterday.
Italy, 1000-1 outsiders, stunned their fancied opponents.
Steve McNamara's outfit were disjointed and out of sorts.
There performance worsened as did the weather in Salford where the game was held.
England humiliated was one media comment.
Some sports writers are writing off England's chances now even before the tournament proper gets underway.