Monday 23 October 2017

Wayne Rooney apologises for England's exit on Facebook

* Wayne Rooney says he is "gutted" at England's exit from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
* Goalkeeper Joe Hart concludes "we’ve not scored enough goals and we’ve let too many in"

A dejected Wayne Rooney leaves the pitch after England's defeat against Uruguay. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
A dejected Wayne Rooney leaves the pitch after England's defeat against Uruguay. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Wayne Rooney has only had a marginal impact for England during their World Cup campaign, while Phil Jagielka has struggled to shine. Photo: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
England's Wayne Rooney has had a roller-coaster of a World Cup
Uruguay defender Martin Caceres vies for the ball with England's Wayne Rooney. Photo: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images
Wayne Rooney slots his close-range shot past Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera to pull England level. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Wayne Rooney heads against the bar as England search for an opener against Uruguay. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Wayne Rooney scores England's equaliser past Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Wayne Rooney celebrates with captain Steven Gerrard after equalising for England against Uruguay. Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
England's Phil Jagielka and Wayne Rooney dejected after losing to Uruguay in Sao Paulo

Edward Malnick

England's footall players have apologised for being eliminated from the World Cup, saying they were “gutted” not to have performed better.

Wayne Rooney was among members of the squad to publicly lament their exit from the tournament on Friday night.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page Rooney said he was “devastated to be out of the World Cup”.

“Going into each game we had great belief in ourselves but unfortunately it hasn't worked out,” he wrote.

“Sorry to all the fans that travelled and at home that we haven't done better...gutted!”

Rooney’s comments came after England’s elimination from the tournament in Brazil was confirmed on Friday with one game still to play.

Italy's 1–0 defeat to Costa Rica meant that, for the first time since 1958, England will not reach the knockout stage of a World Cup for which they have qualified.

Having lost their first two matches, if Roy Hodgson's side goes down to unbeaten Costa Rica on Tuesday, it will be England's worst showing in the tournament's history.

Joe Hart, the team’s goalkeeper described the team’s exit as “raw and hard to take”.

“But you have to accept it,” he added, in comments reported by the Guardian. “We are at a World Cup and if we don’t get results then stuff like this happens.”

“Basically, we’ve not scored enough goals and we’ve let too many in. I imagine people will say we’re not good enough, that’s what they’ll come up with, but we don’t feel that inside the camp.

"We’ve got bags of quality, bags of people coming through, great leaders and great experienced players in that dressing room but we’ve just come up short in two games.

“And you can’t come up short in two games at the World Cup. I’ve actually not had a great deal to do in the two matches this tournament. I’m man enough to say that but we are at the World Cup against top-quality strikers who, given half a chance, take it.”

Despite England’s poor performance Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, insisted on Friday that Hodgson would not be sacked.

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