Sports gambling results were stunning as England began World Cup group play with draws against the United States and Algeria, which sets up a must win match with Slovenia on Wednesday.
As is the case any time England takes to the pitch, the losses and failure are magnified to a near insane degree as their fans are the most demanding in all of soccer.
A large contingent of English fans made the trip to South Africa and were enraged after their 0-0 draw against Algeria as they booed their team off the field in total disgust following the game.
Wayne Rooney, the star of the team and the biggest name in English football, has been scoreless, sluggish, and ineffective so far in the tournament but that did not stop him from lashing out at the boorish fans and their boos.
Rooney was quite sarcastic as he left the pitch after the draw against Algeria, saying to the cameras that “It’s nice to see your home fans booing you.”
Rooney’s poor play has raised sports gambling speculation that he may be hiding an injury. Others believe that the striker is simply cracking under the intense pressure of the FIFA World Cup which brings along with it the demands of the English fans, who place their entire national identity with winning the event.
Rooney is known as one of the most lethal strikers in the world and the fact that he was shut out in the first two games of the FIFA World Cup has only added to the pressure.
England captain Steven Gerrard offered no alibis for the terrible and listless performance against Algeria.
“We were not good enough to breakthrough in the final third,” said Gerrard. “We’ve not got any excuses; we know what we have to do. We have to win the final game which adds to the pressure but at this level you have to handle that pressure. We were not aggressive enough and didn’t have the cutting edge in the final third.”
England striker Jermain Defoe was understanding about the fans.
“We understand their frustration,” said Defoe. “They have traveled thousands of miles to support the boys. It’s important for the fans to stick behind us.”