You might have heard by now that football isn't coming home, and nobody's been hit harder by the sad news than the Carter family from EastEnders. It turns out Mel Owen saw the crushing defeat coming though...
Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) has been rallying Gareth Southgate's boys every step of the way of their unlikely journey to the World Cup semi-finals, turning the Queen Vic into Party Central during the matches.
Earlier this week, Mick even predicted to Shirley (Linda Henry) that if England "get in that final, they'll win it" - and suggested that Southgate be picked to fill some of Theresa May's recent cabinet vacancies.
Unfortunately, England have not made it to the final. They were stopped by Croatia in extra time on Wednesday (July 11), and will now face off with Belgium for third place on Saturday.
In newly-recorded scenes inserted in Thursday's (July 12) episode, Mel Owen (Tamzin Outhwaite) first revealed that she'll actually benefit from England's loss, since she's got France in the sweepstakes anyway. And the topical references didn't stop there.
Mel and Hunter (Charlie Winter) stumbled on a more philosophical Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) at E20, who wistfully pined: "Football can still come home, it's just going to have to wait a few more years."
Once Billy was out of earshot, cynical Mel offered her own expert analysis on where Gareth Southgate's World Cup strategy went wrong, quipping: "He should have taken Alli off, not Sterling. Far too many Tottenham players."
Billy must have had a few beers if he thought Southgate taking sterling off was a bad idea to be fair #EastEnders- Matthew (@Heathyheath_) July 12, 2018
Oiii Mel's a Gooner 😂- AFC (@robhoopz) July 12, 2018
"In his defence, should've taken off Alli, far too many Tottenham players" 🤣#Eastenders
"Far too many Tottenham players [in the England squad]" best thing Mel's said since her return #EastEnders- Zoe Welch (@ZoeWelch1) July 12, 2018
Mick Carter's real-life counterpart Danny Dyer was just as harsh a few moments after England loss on Wednesday night, tweeting sarcastically: "Oh... so it's not coming home then... bollocks..."
Danny, you're lucky Mick can't come around to thump you, mate! Elsewhere in Albert Square on Wednesday, Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ) once again tried to draw in Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White), and grew resentful when she got another bloke's number.
Vengeful Stuart took out his anger by asking the DJ at their '80s party to play a tune that he knew would bring back painful memories of his and Tina's younger years - his latest cruel manipulation.
Elsewhere, Martin Fowler (James Bye) and Stacey Slater's (Lacey Turner) attempt to unload her relatives from their house went awry when Stacey couldn't go through with asking Kat, Mo and Hayley to leave, as planned.
Cora Cross's (Ann Mitchell) own scheme didn't go as planned either, when she sweetened the deal to get daughter Rainie (Tanya Franks) to leave Max Branning (Jake Wood) by offering her a lucrative cheque.
Rainie went straight to Max with the check, but surprised him by revealing that she didn't want Rainie's money - but later secretly called social services on Max when he once again rejected her.
Max also got in a decent one-liner, when he snarkily compared Cora to "Donald Trump in high heels".
‘Donald Trump in high heels.’ That’s great from Max #EastEnders- Matthew (@Heathyheath_) July 12, 2018
EastEnders continues on Friday (July 13) at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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