Press round on abysmal England after Algeria draw
No sympathy for Fabio Capello’s flops as Wayne Rooney lashes out and a fan breaches security
Perhaps the only crumb of comfort for the England camp after their abject performance against Algeria is that they don't yet have to run the gauntlet of the press hostility back home - where the reaction to their 0-0 draw has been withering.
However, they did get a taste of what is in store if they fail to beat Slovenia when a furious fan breached security and stormed into the dressing room after the game to berate the team.
The Sun, paraphrasing Winston Churchill, sniffed: "Never in the field of World Cup conflict has so little been offered by so few to so many." The Mirror was pithier. "What a load of Roobish" it said, dubbing the team "Cape clowns" and commenting: "The reign of Fabio Capello which has promised so much for so long came close to ending in ignominy and shame last night."
Even the broadsheets put the boot in. "Woeful England at point of no return" said the Times, failing to realise that the team are now very much on the point of returning early. In the Telegraph Henry Winter said it was "back to the drawing board" for Capello who urgently needs to get Frank Lampard playing well and energise the "dispirited" Wayne Rooney.
Marina Hyde in the Guardian went further. She lamented that it "begins to look as if England are six kinds of crap" and on this showing that they have no chance against Slovenia.
Most observers are befuddled by the turnaround in England's fortunes. They were disciplined and efficient in qualifying - but against Algeria they were all over the place. It was hard to believe that the side which could barely string two passes together yesterday was seen as one of the pre-tournament favourites.
It was all too much for the thousands of fans who had made the journey to Cape Town to cheer on the team, and the boos drowned out the vuvuzelas when the England were put out of their agony by the final whistle.
That reaction prompted Wayne Rooney, completely anonymous on the pitch, to lash out at the supporters. As he trudged off the field he turned to a TV camera and said: "Nice to see your own fans booing you. If that's what loyal support is ... for fuck's sake."
There was little sympathy for the Manchester United striker, who went from talisman to bogeyman in the course of a single evening - although it did give the Sun the chance to run the headline Roo-boo-zela.
Another England player who knows what it is to be vilified is David Beckham, who was blamed for England's exit from the 1998 tournament, and he was the target of the irate fan who somehow got into the dressing room after the match. Beckham, who is with the squad as a coach, was said to be shaken after the incident.
The entire squad and manager Fabio Capello will feel even more shaken if they fail to overcome Slovenia on Wednesday
I was going to post the reaction of the US press after their draw yesterday but I couldn't find a article which summed up a few of the main newspapers' thoughts. Rooney really shouldn't have made his comments b/c he's the scapegoat now like Becks was in 98 as apparently fans want to boo Rooney for his comments..Good luck with that. I wouldn't mess with him or he might do a Scholes ;)