England’s Camp Is Full Of Tension —Fergie


Alex Ferguson has spoken to Wayne Rooney and is convinced the England camp is racked with tension.

England’s dismal start to the World Cup means they must beat Slovenia tomorrow to make the knockout stages.

And Manchester United boss Fergie said: “Sometimes the expectation can be debilitating.

“I had that feeling. I spoke to Wayne Rooney and just said, ‘relax and enjoy it.’

“I just sensed there was a tension in and around the camp from what I was hearing.

“I didn’t watch the Algeria game, I was out with friends, but I just get a feeling that the expectation is affecting the England team.”

Friday’s dismal 0-0 draw with the African side ended with United hitman Rooney slating fans who booed.

Roo also struggled to impose himself in the 1-1 stalemate with the United States.

But while England have floundered, Fergie believes the whole tournament has failed to spark.

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He said: “It’s been a disappointing World Cup, but I had a feeling it would be.

“I have been disappointed with the quality levels, I haven’t been impressed at all.

“The season we have in Europe, particularly in England, is tough.

“The players met up about 3-4 days after the season finished and they have been together for most of that time, after a long, hard season.

“It’s a real task to ask players to perform at the best level they can achieve after the season in England.”

Slovenia skipper Robert Koren says his boys will put England out of the tournament by winning tomorrow’s Group C showdown in Port Elizabeth.

Koren, recently dumped by West Brom, said: “We’ve been playing some very good football for two years.

“I’m sure England will be up for this game because they have to be. Despite that, I think 2-0 to Slovenia.”

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