English press dumps all over Rooney, Capello
Hardly anyone escapes criticism from Fleet Street media
British media has condemned the England team as a shambles and criticized Wayne Rooney for his reaction to fans who jeered the players off the field following a lacklustre 0-0 tie with Algeria at the World Cup.
The Daily Mail ran a picture of Rooney under the headline "Raging Fool" and The Sun's front page blared: "Roo blows fuse over boos."
Rooney looked into a TV camera as he walked off the field in Cape Town on Friday and criticized the jeering fans.
The Guardian reported that England, which needs to beat Slovenia to stay in the competition, displayed "No spark, no spirit, no hope.
"This was not the type of show England had hoped to stage and the tournament is giving these players a severe test," the newspaper wrote.
For the Daily Mirror, England coach Fabio Capello has put too much pressure on the forward.
"From the moment the Italian came into the job, his entire approach has been about one idea, geared towards Rooney," it said. "He changed the shape of the team to make him the central figure, told the planet to beware and made the Manchester United man his talisman.
"But last night England did not have Wayne Rooney. Yes, they had a fellow called Rooney playing in the No. 10 shirt, but they did not have Wayne Rooney."
The coach's failure to inspire his players is part of the problem, according to the Daily Telegraph.
"Capello must somehow lift the mood; his players seem utterly joyless and utterly paralyzed by fear," the paper said. "He must get them to smile again, get them to remember how to keep possession."
The Daily Express sees a deeper problem: "The reason England flop is that they are afraid they might. Memories of so many depressing campaigns combine with the crushing weight of hope and choke the players.
"England never deal well with the trepidation that comes in major tournaments."
Much of the buildup to the game had focused on who would play in goal after Robert Green's handling error allowed the United States to tie it in England's first game, which ended 1-1.
David James, who replaced Green, gave one of the few encouraging England performances of the night, according to several papers.
"David James didn't have much to do, but he looked confident and dealt well with what came his way," wrote former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton in The Sun.
"England's problem last night wasn't with the goalkeeper but with our stars Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, who are not performing."