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BBC pundits on England

Wayne Rooney

Highlights - England 0-0 Algeria

Graham Taylor
Graham Taylor
Former England manager on BBC 5 live

The supporters, understandably, are very angry and disappointed with this performance. England have been outplayed - technically and tactically Algeria were ahead of them.

Sooner or later we need an explanation from Fabio Capello on the team-selection policy. When you're announcing your team two hours before kick-off, what sort of preparatory work have you been doing for the game if your players don't know what the team is?

If you're the England manager - and I've been there - you've got to expect these questions and I think real football questions should be answered by Fabio.

He doesn't answer them, he's starting to say he doesn't understand the question or gives you back an answer you know isn't correct. He's starting to ask for a translation, which wasn't the case when we were winning games.

I honestly do feel there is something wrong in the camp because nobody was up for this game and yet you would have thought that would've been the first thing they were. Some of the body language suggests all is not well.

We know England have to win their last game and I feel they're in real danger now.

Chris Waddle
Chris Waddle
Former England winger on BBC 5 live

In qualifying we beat Croatia twice and Ukraine once. They are both far better than the USA and Algeria, so there must be something wrong.

Are the players tired, are they jaded, have the injuries taken their toll? I think a lot of it is confidence but there's something wrong.

Not for the first time, we've got to question our technique. The foreign influence in the Premier League makes it more exciting but when you just take the best of England out, it shows up.

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Manchester is United

Algeria's first touch, their movement and their awareness has come from being coached at a young age. We've been exposed again for our lack of awareness and our lack of a first touch.

We never controlled this game, we never controlled the USA game. There's got to be something wrong with our system when we can't break down a team like Algeria, who came in having won just one of their previous eight games.

Wayne Rooney's played two games and not looked the player we expect. Steven Gerrard looked like he wanted to get involved in the first half but then the game passed him and everybody else by. Gareth Barry looked very leggy and got caught in possession countless times, Frank Lampard the same.

Our strength has always been our tempo and the conditions were perfect, but the tempo and quality was poor and the confidence has just gone. We look a bag of nerves and everybody's first touch is terrible. Confidence is draining out of this team.

Their final game is against Slovenia and they score goals - they scored one against Algeria and two against the USA - so they're confident and will think they can get a draw. There's no pressure on them; England have to win.

Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer
Former England striker on Match of the Day

It was really, really poor. We were all expecting a big improvement from the USA game.

We thought of excuses for that game. We said they went in not wanting to get beaten in the first game of the tournament, trying to settle in. But there were no real excuses at all.

We can't sit here and defend them. They were devoid of ideas, they kept on playing the long ball up to the front two which quite clearly is not working. There's no goals there, something has to change.

We should have been doing to Algeria what they were doing to us. They looked more comfortable on the ball then we did with players like Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney and Ashley Cole. You can't tell me that they're not better players than Algeria. But Algeria were better than England.

We criticised the French and their coach Raymond Domenech - the lack of passion and commitment. That wasn't there from the England players.

It has to be fear. They played well in the qualifiers but it's one thing qualifying, now it's on the big stage and the players have to deliver.

Rooney hit out at the supporters for booing at the end but they are entitled to express their opinions. They stuck with the England players for the majority of the game and they've travelled thousands of miles to get here. Three quarters of that stadium was full of England supporters. Wayne can't say that.

He's frustrated. His performances haven't been up to scratch. He doesn't look fit to me. Whether he's got the hump with someone or whether he's carrying an injury, something doesn't seem right.

Lee Dixon
Lee Dixon
Former England defender on Match of the Day

What happens to these great players when they pull on an England shirt is the question. What's happening at the moment is that every player on the pitch does not want the ball and does not know what to do with it.

Their shape is all over the place. I don't care what Mr Capello's going to do in the next few days but he's surely got to look at the system they're playing. The 4-4-2 with Gerrard on the left when he wasn't really on the left was awful. It worked in qualifying but it's not working now.

You have to have a plan 'B' whether you're in the Premier League or Division Two. When you're playing at this level and things are not going well you need a leader who says 'Right, I'm going to start passing, I'm going to be better than anyone else'.

They all looked scared, from the back to the front. That's the first time I've heard Capello mention the spirit not being there and it wasn't there, it was really lacklustre.



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