Thursday 25 May 2017

Tutu: England performance 'abysmal'

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has become the latest critic of England's poor World Cup performance
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has become the latest critic of England's poor World Cup performance

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has become the latest critic of England's poor World Cup performance, describing their showing as "perfectly abysmal".

He compared the performance of the struggling South African side to the big European teams and concluded: "We shouldn't be feeling too bad."

Speaking in Cape Town, the Nobel Peace Laureate said: "I had David Beckham here the other day and I told him of our fears.

"And David Beckham said: 'You know what, a football match is 90 minutes long. Anything can happen. South Africa has already won as it is hosting this World Cup.'

"And he's right, you know. Remember what has happened to England, Spain, France and Italy. All former winners, all have had perfectly abysmal games. We shouldn't be feeling too bad."

Bafana Bafana, as the South Africa team are known, are in need of a big win against France on Tuesday to stand any chance of going through to the knockout stages.

And after draws against the USA and Algeria, England are also in need of goals when they play Slovenia on Wednesday.

The Archbishop, 78, met with Beckham at his offices in Milnerton, Cape Town, last week, praising the injured England talisman for his goodwill.

And he took the time to praise England fans for their "spirit" and good behaviour.

The Archbishop said the country must now build on the success of the tournament.

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