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 By Chris Wright
Jun 23, 2014

England mugs feature World Cup merchandise fail

Seeing as though he's been an unused sub so far at the World Cup, this may seem a little harsh, but it appears Chris Smalling may be the face behind England's most spectacular screw-up at this summer's World Cup -- at least in terms of merchandise.

The souvenir company responsible for the gaffe, which does not wish to be named for reasons that will shortly become obvious, have had to sell off their entire stock of World Cup mugs after it was noticed that Smalling's model featured a small but crucial printing error in which Smalling's face was replaced by U.S. president Barack Obama's.

Chris Smalling has yet to play a minute for England at the World Cup.
Chris Smalling has yet to play a minute for England at the World Cup.

So close and yet so, so, so far.

- Hornby: England always fail

According to the Metro, after noticing the fatal flaw, the souvenir company responsible had to send its entire stock of 2,000 units to a Dorset-based clearance wholesale company, which purchased the entire lot for pennies as factory seconds and will now attempt to pass them on at a rock-bottom price.

The fault was apparently that of an intern, who was tasked with finding a royalty-free image of Smalling to use on the mugs and somehow managed to get it almost entirely wrong.