Frustrated Wayne Rooney hits back at booing England fans

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Wayne Rooney questions loyalty of England fans after they booed the team from the field following the 0-0 World Cup Group C draw with Algeria.

Wayne Rooney talks to the camera at the end of England's goalless draw against Algeria
Wayne Rooney talks to the camera at the end of England's goalless draw against Algeria
Photo: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

The Three Lions' faltering start to the tournament went from bad to worse as they failed to score against the Algerians, having already only drawn with the United States last Saturday.

Fabio Capello's men struggled against the North African soccer minnows, rarely testing their defence, and the team now sit third in Group C.

And as the final whistle sounded with the game still goalless disappointed fans booed the team off the pitch, shouting "We want our money back" as Algerian players ran to salute their jubilant followers.

Disappointed striker Rooney lost his cool as he headed for the dressing rooms, turning to a TV camera and saying: "It's nice to see your home fans booing you. That's what loyal support is."

It's been suggested that Rooney then swore after turning his head away, but the broadcasters turned the volume down.

More than 40,000 England supporters are in South Africa for the World Cup.

Jermain Defoe, who replaced Emile Heskey in the second half, said: "You can understand the fans getting frustrated when they have travelled thousands of miles to support the team.

"But it is important for them to stick behind us, go out there and try our best.

"To keep supporting us and hopefully we will put things right on Wednesday."

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