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Blame game in England after Europe flop

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LONDON (AP) The quarterfinals of the European cup competitions will have a glaring omission. For the first time in 22 years, England is not represented in the last eight of the continental tournaments.

It started with five-time European champion Liverpool, which exited the Champions League at the group stage and was then ousted from the Europa League after being demoted to the second-tier competition. No English team advanced from the first knockout stage of the Champions League either, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City eliminated in the round of 16.

England's last remaining European participant was Everton, but the Merseyside club slumped out of the Europa League on Thursday. All five teams from the world's richest league went out of the supposedly mediocre Europa League before the last eight, with Hull not making it past the group stage and Tottenham beaten in the round of 32.

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