England are being booed again but this was different to the night Rooney snapped

The last time England were booed after a World Cup group game, it was 2010 and we’ve only seen a performance so poor that birds perched on the roofs of our opponents’ nets in the first half. Makes you believe that the team has just found the safest point. Spot in Cape Town

On that occasion, a team including John Terry, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney had a torrid night. Grateful for the 0-0 draw with Algeria and England manager Fabio Capello said: “The fear that stops the legs, stops the heart, stops everything.”

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Rooney entered that tournament with high hopes, looking shabby, out of form and out of sorts. Frustration simmered at the final whistle as England fans booed his team.

“I’m glad to see the fans. In the house booing you,” he desperately shouted into the television cameras, “you ‘loyal supporter’.”

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In 2010, England were in the midst of a World Cup crisis. Terry, who was stripped of the captaincy four months earlier, announced at a press conference two days later that he and his team-mates were going to voice their displeasure with England. Capello at the meeting that evening.

“If it offended him or offended any player, what would you do? I really thought ‘Sod it’,” said Terry. to the surprise of a large audience

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Capello stomped on this blatant insurrection and England beat Slovenia 1-0 in their final group game to scrape them into the knockout stages. But by finishing second after the United States They faced Germany in the last 16 and there they were humiliated, demolished 4-1 and Terry, Gerrard, Rooney and their team-mates returned home when something came close. national outsider

Rooney yelled at a TV camera in response to England being booed (Image: Mark Leach/Offside/Getty Images)

Qatar 2022 doesn’t feel anything like South Africa 2010. There was a restraint against England’s play when they drew 0-0 with the USA on Friday night, but it wasn’t “fear” that defined them in the late 2000s and throughout the years. As far back as 2010, there was no possibility that an apathetic player would threaten rebellion against the manager. or the players responding to the jeers of the fans with a mockery of loyalty to the cause

What we got on Friday night was calm. Reflections from those players who stopped to talk to reporters in the mixed zone.

“It was probably a fair result if I’m being honest,” vice-captain Jordan Henderson said. The Athletic After that, “It was a difficult game. The United States did well and made it difficult for us. like we know they will. A little disappointed that we couldn’t score. But it’s still positive that we can keep a clean sheet. So it’s not all doom and gloom. It was a point and still in a good position and in our hands for the next game.”

Whoops? “Obviously you have high expectations for this team. And so are we,” said the Liverpool midfielder. “We arrived after the game. And of course we were disappointed. Because we want to win every time we play. But that’s not how football works sometimes. You have to give credit to your competitors. And we always knew it would be difficult in the World Cup.

When asked about the boos Henderson pointed out that the same happened at Wembley en route to last year’s European Championship final. “I think it’s the second game we’ve drew 0-0 against Scotland,” he said. “So there’s still a lot to play for. We are still in a good position. And we just have to go out and get points in the next game.

as well as the response of the manager It measures perfectly. Maybe too temple and calm for some tastes.

It was one of those performances at the English tournament that made people angry: big build-up, big expectations, big emotional investment. (And for the fans here in Qatar is a huge financial investment) and then a big disappointment.

Michael Cox and John Muller analyze England’s work in depth here: slow tempo; does not like taking too much risk in possession; Kieran Trippier, Luke Shaw, Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount battle to make an impact moving forward in the face of a determined United States team. well organized and talented which intends to push them back The conservative nature of Southgate’s substitution waited 65 minutes before making two similar changes and putting Phil Foden and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the bench. always back up

The criticism is legitimate. But so is the context in which mitigation is presented. “Of course the fans. Want to see goals and win games,” said Trippier. “Obviously we understand the disappointment because we didn’t win the game. But we devote everything Score is good Too bad we didn’t win. But it’s a good score. We can keep a clean sheet. It was a good spot for us in the group. And now we move on. Focus on the next game.”

all true disappointing performance But a 6-2 draw after beating Iran left them only guaranteed a place in the knockout stages. Although Wales beat them by 3 goals on Tuesday. But England will qualify. Most of the teams in this tournament were willing to accept that situation in the final game of the group. Argentina and Germany, who were defeated by Saudi Arabia and Japan respectively.


It was definitely not the situation in 2010, let alone four years later when England were eliminated by two games, losing to Italy and Uruguay. That is a much stronger group in 2014 and a talented one for Roy. Hodgson is far less attractive than Southgate at the moment. But expectations are also much lower. after a 0-0 draw in the final game in Brazil. in the game against Costa Rica England’s players received a warm ovation from the fans. who traveled far and spent a lot and received little encouragement

Two years later in Nice They were eliminated by Iceland at the European Championships. now that do Attracting angry and almost unbelievable reactions from fans, how could it not be? It was a horrendous show without structure, purpose and belief, never mind unity or skill. If ever there was a time when English football fans had the right to boo and taunt their team, it was. It would be mid 2010.

Between 2010 and 2016, England played in 15 tournaments and won just four of them (against Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine and Wales) and never exceeded a single goal. Reaching the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 came with a caveat to the standards of rivals. But they beat Tunisia, Panama, Colombia (penalties) and Sweden in that tournament. and beat Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine and Denmark in the Euros before losing to Italy on penalties in the final.

In that context, it feels as if England fans have developed a remarkably low tolerance for substandard performance. by booing them after mediocre performance But good results put the team in a strong position. Maybe Friday night is the legacy of the Nations. A very disappointing league (6 games, 3 draws, 3 defeats, including a 4-0 thrashing at home by Hungary), but considering the same reaction after a draw with Scotland in the Euros. It’s just a case of the fan base feeling more entitled to demand better.

Of course, it’s perfectly natural. It can be difficult to look at the young talent in this team. Both those on the field and those on the bench, such as Foden and Alexander-Arnold. and accept the overwhelming contributions like this

Part of that frustration comes from the method. Southgate’s style is a bit cautious – not a blanket defense by any means. But in most cases, safety comes first. They played liberally when they beat Iran 6-2 on Monday but had to use their handbrake on Friday night. And when you play with the handbrake on and you don’t win. That caused a stir. Especially when you have so many offensive players to choose from.

But these games take place in tournaments. A look at England’s World Cup history and the 6-2 victory over Iran looked more unusual than the 0-0 draw with the US.

It was heartening that Southgate and his players responded more calmly on Friday. both for the way the game took place and the disappointment the fans broadcast at the end of the final whistle. More than England’s players did in Cape Town 12 years ago, there were things their form lacked, but at one point they showed no signs of stiffening in fear or overpowering. With Rooney’s frustrations against Algeria

Something Southgate said afterwards: “People will respond how they will respond. I can’t let that affect my feelings. This is a race of outside sounds. And we’ll have another layer I’m sure. But we are still on the way.”

“The race of outside noise” is a great line. There have been several tournaments in the past where England seemed to be filled with noise. Especially the sound from the media But under Southgate They are pretty good at blocking and staying on top of it.

When the noise starts The only way to stop amplification is to win. This was Southgate’s third tournament. and after creating a more upbeat soundtrack on the previous two shows. He and his team need to maintain those good feelings. They had to face the music.

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