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Rooney explodes after phantom performance
by Paul Kennedy, June 18th, 2010 10:49PM
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TAGS:  england, world cup


[ENGLAND-ALGERIA] Insipid. Dreadful. Awful. Listless. Pick your adjective. England was deservedly booed off the field after its performance in its 0-0 tie with Algeria. The English were almost as bad as the French in their 2-0 loss to Mexico the day before but at least Fabio Capello's boys control their own dynasty.

A win over Slovenia will assure England of a place in the round of 16. Anything less and it will most likely lose out to the United States or Algeria.

On the strength of their performance Friday at Green Point Stadium, few will fancy England to go through.

Just how ordinary England is was already demonstrated on Saturday when it settled for a 1-1 tie with the USA. But at least it took the game to the Americans.

On Friday, England was thoroughly outplayed by Algeria, seeking to atone for its performance in its 1-0 loss in its opening game against Slovenia.

What made matters worse was that England's star, Wayne Rooney, was totally ineffective. The Manchester United striker is clearly worse for wear after suffering ankle and groin injuries late in the season.

No until his post-game tirade on ITV did he show any sign of life, complaining, "Nice to see your own fans booing you ... if that's what loyal support is, for f***'s sake."
By the end of the game, Capello, who had railed into his players last week for their poor performance against a local pro team that proved to be an indicator of things to come, looked like a man who had given up getting mad.

"We played a no good game," Capello said. "We missed a lot of balls when we had to control [them]. We missed a lot of passes and also when we were close to the box we had the possibility to shoot at the goal we made passes to the other players. We missed everything."

  1. Jurgen Klinsmann
    commented on: June 18, 2010 at 11:34 p.m.
    France did not play Uruguay in this World Cup. And if they were to play Uruguay, they would have lost by more than 2 goals.
  1. Edward Vaughn
    commented on: June 19, 2010 at 7:24 a.m.
    Cute, another use for the F word, coming from an F-wit. (Comment 1: J. Klinsmann? For real? Nah.)
  1. Gil Ramirez
    commented on: June 19, 2010 at 9:45 a.m.
    To J.K. France already played Uruguay and went 0-0.
  1. Christopher Holden
    commented on: June 19, 2010 at 2:08 p.m.
    ON Wayne Rooney: Not until his post-game tirade on ITV did he show any sign of life, complaining, "Nice to see your own fans booing you ... if that's what loyal support is, for f***'s sake." He is just one player on the pitch, and he is not getting the ball back after he makes a good run to the side (left or right). Seems to me that the coach ought to tell his players to get the ball to Rooney ... hey if you are going to lose at least get the ball to your stud and give it your best shot. Capello has to live with his choice of dumping Theo Walcott - LOL. If England continues to play to the middle of the field they will be going home after the last group game. I wonder if the ref in their game, against Slovenia, will call any of the grabbing and tugging and tripping in the box on set plays (by the Slovenian defenders). I hope the ref can do better in that game than Koman Coulibaly did in the Slovenia / USA game. What a joke.
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: June 19, 2010 at 2:27 p.m.
    Oddly enough I think that the English fans' ultra harsh criticism of anything but a 4-0 win actually works against them. The players are afraid to make a mistake for fear of being the butt of a newspaper headline. That leads to timid, unaggressive play. That works fine against many teams who give England 1 or 2 goals on paper before the echoes of the national anthems have dissipated. However, teams who play them without fear and over-respect can really take it to them and expose their lifelessness. The players are miserable. They're not at their 5-star resorts or 10,000 square foot mansions. They're living in a dorm in a 3rd-World country and being hypercriticized for their efforts while they risk their body and their club careers to injury with every tackle. Everything will be forgotten with a good result against Slovenia.
  1. Brian Herbert
    commented on: June 19, 2010 at 2:50 p.m.
    I've said it before, Rooney is beat up and knackered from a long season and late season injuries. Its absurd to question his heart or his skills, its his body that is giving up right now. He has every right to his tirade against fans who boo him, most of whom probably couldn't jog the length of the pitch without collapsing.

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