2014 World Cup

'Honest' England must get nasty to succeed, says Rooney

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 June, 2014, 10:45pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 June, 2014, 10:45pm

English soccer is "too honest" for its own good at times and might do better in future if it plays with a more "streetwise, nasty" attitude that other teams employ, according to striker Wayne Rooney.

England have already been eliminated from the World Cup, their earliest exit in 56 years, having lost 2-1 to both Italy and Uruguay in their previous two group D matches and return home after playing Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.

"You look at teams who have won the tournament over previous years and you can see that nastiness in them," said Rooney who could hardly hide his disappointment when he spoke to the media at the team's training camp. "I think we have to get that in us.

You look at teams who have won the tournament over previous years and you can see that nastiness in them
Wayne Rooney

"As a team maybe we are too honest, I feel."

Rooney added he agreed that England needed to get more streetwise in major tournaments in terms of controlling the tempo of games.

"I think so. You see a lot of the great teams, international and club teams, they have that," he said.

"The time to slow the game down a bit or control the game a bit more.

"But this is football. You have to take your chances [and] if we'd taken as least one of them, we'd have gone on and won the games. That's disappointing."

He also felt that Roy Hodgson's side needed to learn the darker arts of committing tactical fouls, something he felt Uruguay had done well and got away with.

"They committed I don't know how many fouls, clever fouls, really, which slowed the game down.

"I got kicked 10 times [against Uruguay] and I don't think there was a yellow card given to an opponent.

"We try to be honest, but maybe that's a fault."


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