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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 November, 2004, 14:06 GMT
Shearer: Rooney lucky not to go

By Alan Shearer
Newcastle captain and former England striker

Wayne Rooney has got a problem regarding discipline, but he is young and is learning.

Wayne Rooney and David Beckham
However, he has got to learn pretty fast otherwise not only will he be punished but the teams he plays for will be punished too.

Wayne got away with the first tackle on Joaquin early in the game but then decided one challenge was not enough and produced a couple more.

He was lucky not to be sent off rather than just taken off.

By doing that, I think England coach Sven Goran Eriksson helped him.

There is no doubt the referee would have shown him red. If he had stayed on the pitch the Spanish players would have riled him even more.

I think England captain David Beckham signalled to the bench to take his team-mate off. He probably knows more than most what the Spanish players were trying to do to Wayne.

Criticism needed

It was quite obvious the England players did not want to be out there at the Bernabeu judging by their performance, because from start to finish it was very, very poor and ordinary.

Spain were quite the opposite on the pitch but their fans were disgusting off it because of their racist behaviour.

Regarding the football, England really struggled. They offered nothing in response to the Spanish. No efforts on target and two efforts on goal all night tells its own story.

Eriksson said England improved in the second-half, but I did not see any improvement.

There has to be a certain amount of criticism levelled at the team.

The England boss has to come out and tell the truth because people have seen that performance. To say that it was anything but poor would not be true.

Alan Shearer was speaking on BBC Five Live as a pundit during the Spain-England match.





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