Alex Ferguson offers explanation for England World Cup shortcomings

Tags: Football World Cup

Published: 08:58 07/07/2010

The Premier League's most prolific manager Alex Ferguson has offered up some of his expert views on exactly why England failed to make any real impact on this summer's South African World Cup. England crashed out of the competition at the hands of a very on-form Germany who annihilated Fabio Capello's side 4-1. However, the Scottish manager has vocalised his opinions on why the squad performed so poorly, failing to make it past the second stage. The Red Devil's manager went on to say that it is his belief that there was too much expectation on the players, including his own star Wayne Rooney. "There was such expectation on him, talk he was going to be the player of the tournament," said Ferguson. The Scot also spoke of Rooney's performance being a prelude of what the world can come to expect of him, a taster of things to come. "That was the prelude to the whole thing. You wait, in four years' time you'll see a different player." stated the Manchester United manager. Not everybody was partial to the taster of Rooney's performance that they received, leading to harsh criticism of both him and the rest of the England side. Rooney's domestic club taskmaster conceded that he was 'baffled' by the performances he saw. "I watched their games and was baffled by what I saw. Expectation was a big thing. They qualified from a group which you'd have to say was a million to one they wouldn't qualify from. So it was an easy passage into the finals.” said Ferguson. "Maybe it would have been better if England had been in a tougher [qualifying] group. They'd have earned the right to be one of the favourites and it would have helped that they'd played good teams before they got there." Meanwhile, the World Cup continues with Holland now having booked their place in Sunday's Final . The Dutch are top priced at 11/8 with Bet365 to win the 2010 World Cup .

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