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England fends off critics, intruder

By Liz Clarke

What was to have been England's orderly march to the 2010 World Cup's knockout round has run chaotically off the rails.

Despite a roster gaudy with talent, the Three Lions have been exposed as toothless through their first two matches--managing two draws and just one goal against their supposedly inferior Group C rivals, the United States and Algeria.

The squad's listless and occasionally hapless performance has put England at risk of getting booted in the first round. And it has resulted in a daily, if not hourly, cycle of blame and recrimination, with Coach Fabio Capello saying "pressure" is the problem, star playing Wayne Rooney taking a sarcastic jab at fans for booing following Friday's scoreless draw with Algeria in Cape Town, and the England's newspapers shrieking with outrage.

"Cape Clowns" brayed the headline in The Daily Mirror. "Raging Fool" said the Daily Mail's caption of a photo of Rooney.

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On Saturday Rooney apologized for any offense through a statement posted on the England Football Association's website, saying he had spoken "in the heat of the moment."

Then came news that a random England fan, presumably irate over the squad's gutless performance against Algeria, breached security in the bowels of Cape Town's Green Point Stadium, strode into England's locker room, had a word with former captain David Beckham and is now on the loose, having been escorted out of the venue--rather than charged with a crime--by a stunningly forgiving FIFA official.

FIFA and local organizers on Saturday fingered each other for the lapse, while local police searched for the fan who wore a red T-shirt when he entered the locker room shortly after England's Prince William and Prince Harry had visited.

Beckham downplayed the incident when asked about it Saturday by Sky Sports: "The fan walked in very causally, said something to me and walked out, there was no scuffle, no aggression at all. It was a personal conversation. He walked in and said, 'Hello.' It is not a problem. It was blown of out proportion, and we will move on."

Green Point Stadium was among three World Cup venues where private security guards walked off the job last week in a dispute over pay. Local police have attempted to pick up the slack since.

By Liz Clarke  |  June 19, 2010; 3:34 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Beckham , England  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, David Beckham, England  
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Comments

This is karma for Rooney's "Write The Future" ad. No, Wayne, you won't be knighted. But you may end up living in a trailer.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 19, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

BECKHAM!

:)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 19, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Quote of the tournament thus far by the play by play guy during the Denmark/Cameroon match: "Who designed these defenses? Evil Knieval?"

Posted by: dcarmy | June 19, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

England is a mess. Heskey doesn't play well with Rooney, and can't create on his own. Gerrard is playing out of position, Lampard and Terry are doing their typical disappearing act in international play and they'e never had good goalies. Capello needs to do something radically different for Wednesday.

Posted by: harkes4ever | June 19, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

England suffering = great joy

Posted by: Hoost | June 19, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time the team's nickname should be changed from the "three lions" to the "three...kitties" (because the word I really wanted to use is probably disallowed)

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | June 19, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time the team's nickname should be changed from the "three lions" to the "three...kitties" (because the word I really wanted to use is probably disallowed)

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | June 19, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

OT

RIP Manute Bol.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 19, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure whether anyone has previously posted a link to this article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/18/AR2010061804193.html

Posted by: universityandpark | June 19, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time the team's nickname should be changed from the "three lions" to the "three...kitties" (because the word I really wanted to use is probably disallowed)

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | June 19, 2010 6:20 PM
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I can already hear the meows of protest from creatures who think they are better than the England side.

Posted by: universityandpark | June 19, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Nothing was better than Beckham's expression after the Dempsey/Green goal. I would like to have that on a poster for the next Galaxy game.

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 19, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: paulkp | June 19, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

England suffering = great joy
Posted by: Hoost

France suffering = even greater joy.

Posted by: delantero | June 20, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: universityandpark | June 20, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Maybe if there were more vuvuzelas, Rooney wouldn't be able to hear the booing... ;)

Posted by: asfoolasiam | June 20, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Apparently the fan that entered the English locker room says he was just looking for a toilet and accidentally wandered into the locker room:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/10359291.stm

Posted by: csd1 | June 20, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

"Hallo Becks. Where's the loo? Why don't you lads jump in it because you play like shyte."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 20, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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