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Wayne Rooney admits regret after lashing out at booing England fans

Wayne Rooney was booed by England fans at the 2010 World Cup.

Following a dismal 0-0 draw against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup, Rooney lashed out at England fans who booed the team as they left the pitch at the end of the game. The forward could be heard saying: “Nice to see your own fans booing you. you ‘football’ supporters.”

Now though, Rooney has since stated that he should not have said what he said about the England fans:

“Obviously, I shouldn’t have said what I did,” Rooney wrote. “It wasn’t a dig about England fans in general, just frustration at what happened on the day. I remember them booing us ten minutes into the game.

“You’re being labelled as a group of players who don’t care and it’s far from it — you probably care too much and are trying too hard. “Personally, I’d have loved to play better — but I felt in a blur throughout the tournament. In training, I just couldn’t control the ball, I had no touch, and in games I was the same.”

The current England squad has not experienced much hostility at a major tournament after reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the finals of Euro 2020.

But after a dismal showing in the UEFA Nations League, a poor display this winter could see fans turn on the Three Lions and Gareth Southgate,

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Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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