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World Cup 2010: Wayne Rooney apologises to England fans

Wayne Rooney

Rooney blasts booing England fans

England striker Wayne Rooney has said sorry for remarks about England fans after Friday's 0-0 draw with Algeria.

Some fans booed the team off the pitch after the final whistle, prompting Rooney to say into a television camera "nice to see your home fans booing".

"I said things in the heat of the moment out of frustration of our performance and the result," he said in a Football Association statement.

"For my part I apologise for any offence caused by my actions."

Friday's goalless draw, coming after a 1-1 draw with the United States, leaves England needing a win from Wednesday's final game against group leaders Slovenia to guarantee progress to the knockout stages.


Rooney looked a shadow of the player who shone in the Premier League and Champions League all season, scoring 34 goals on his way to walking away with the PFA and Football Writers' Association Player of the Year awards.

Numerous passes failed to stick as Rooney's normally impeccable control let him down, and he found himself dropping increasingly deep in search of possession.

With Rooney failing to score for Manchester United or England (with the exception of a goal in the pre-World Cup friendly against the Platinum All-Stars), speculation has suggested that the 24-year-old has not shaken off the ankle and groin injuries which marred the end to his superb season.

England coach Fabio Capello admitted Rooney was not been at his best against Algeria, but rejected the suggestion that it was a fitness problem.

Unhappy England fans bemoan performance

"I know he gave the ball away a lot yesterday and some of his passes were not good but he is still an important player," said the Italian.

"He is completely fit. He has trained and he has been on the pitch for as long as any other player. He is perfect.

"The problem is in the mind. I know this. I was a player. I remember these moments. In the mind you are OK - then you get to the pitch."

Capello said the problems were not specific to Rooney, but seemed to be affecting the squad in general.

"This is not the England that I know," said Capello.

"It is a problem because these players have trained very well. But in the two games it is not the same team that I know.

"It is the same thing I saw in that first game at Wembley when I became England manager.

"I hope in the next game we forget these two performances. On Wednesday I hope to see the England team."

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