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28 Jun 2010

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Dengan kekalahan England malam tadi maka berakhirlah impian pasukan pilihanku. Padaku dengan kekalahan memalukan ini, berakhirlah demam Piala Duniaku. Aku dah tak kisah sapa yang menang dan kalah. Lantaklah. Tapi kalau Jepun atau Slovenia dapat masuk separuh akhir, itu aku kisahkan.

Ada yang berkata pasukan England memang tiada ciri2 untuk menang. Mereka hanya harapkan glamour aje. Mereka juga terdiri daripada lelaki2 kaya raya, harta berjuta, kaki perempuan tetapi tak pandai main bola. Semangat kenegaraan boleh dipertikaikan kerana wang lebih penting. Mereka lebih takut cedera daripada bermain bermati2an untuk kemenangan negaranya.

Mungkin betul apa yang orang kata. Pasukan2 yang dipenuhi bintang2 seperti Itali dan Perancis awal2 lagi dah bungkus sebab masing2 main syok sendiri. England pun sama sahaja rasanya.

Ah! malaslah nak komplen panjang2.

Football Fans

Angry English press demands that Capello quit

LONDON (AFP) - English commentators launched scathing attacks Monday on their football team's dire performance against Germany which ended the country's World Cup hopes, as calls mounted for Fabio Capello to quit.

Newspapers saved some of their criticism for the referee in the game who disallowed an England goal that had clearly crossed the line, during the country's heaviest ever defeat in the World Cup finals.

But this was nothing compared to the fury directed at the team for their unconvincing effort in Bloemfontein, South Africa, which saw them slump to a 4-1 defeat against their arch-rivals.The Sun tabloid, which is Britain's best-selling paper, headlined its front page with a message to the players: "You let your country down."

"We gave football to the world. Yet since 1966, the world has stubbornly refused to give it back," said the paper, referring to the only time England has ever won the World Cup.

"And in yesterday's pathetic performance we miserably failed to take the game from the old enemy, Germany."

"England coach Fabio Capello and his team of self-regarding flops have presided over a national embarrassment, one of the most comprehensive humiliations in our sporting history," lamented the Daily Mail.

The mounting anger at England's performance led commentators to call for what many now expect to happen—Capello to resign and make way for a fresh face to help the side get over such a severe defeat.

"England played three calamitous matches out of four, failed to score goals and defended like fools—and that's all (Capello's) responsibility," said the Times.

The Italian, who has been in charge of the Three Lions since January 2008, admitted at a press conference after England's defeat he was considering his position as coach.

Papers were also up in arms about the decision by Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda and his assistant to disallow a goal scored by England player Frank Lampard in the first half of the match, which had clearly crossed the line.

Had the referee allowed it, England would have equalised with Germany.

"The ref and his assistant were the only two people in the ground who didn't think the ball had crossed the line," commented the Daily Mail.

But most thought the referee's mistake had not made much difference to the final result, as England were playing so badly.

The Sun said the disallowed goal "was no excuse for the way Fabio Capello's toothless Three Lions were made to look like pussycats".

"England were robbed of a goal, not the result. They deserved to lose," said the Times.

The controversial decision did however prompt a flurry of appeals for the introduction of video goal-line technology to avoid such blunders in the future.

"Even the stubborn bunch who run FIFA must now cave in to demands for bringing technology to the game," urged the Sun.

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