Controversy, poor performances, bust-ups, coaching tirades and an early plane ride home were the order for the day for England at the 2010 World Cup.
The Three Lions went to South Africa with high expectations but came home with their tails between their legs and another tournament unfulfilled.
Fabio Capello’s men were almost toothless at times, scoring a paltry two goals despite having a midfield and attacking line capable of producing winning scores.
Wayne Rooney was non-existent, Emile Heskey played too many minutes, Frank Lampard was not at his best and the goalkeeping, particularly from Robert Green would have made U12 gloveman blush with embarrassment.
As usual, the England national team attracted all the wrong headlines as they exited this year’s tournament far too early for the quality of playes they put out on the pitch.
Finished: 13th
Record: Wins – 1; Draws – 2; Losses – 1; Points – 5
Matches: USA (1-1), Algeria (0-0), Slovenia (1-0), RO16-Germany (1-4)
Goals: 3
Against: 5
Star Man: Steven Gerrard (Wore his heart on his sleeve as always and provided plenty for England)
Official statistics:
Minutes played:
Frank Lampard 360, Steven Gerrard 360, John Terry 360, Ashley Cole 360, Glen Johnson 357
Top scorers:
Steven Gerrard 1, Jermain Defoe 1, Matthew Upson 1
Total shots:
Frank Lampard 16, Steven Gerrard 13, Wayne Rooney 13
Pass Completion Rate:
John Terry 80%, Frank Lampard 78%, Ashley Cole 78%, Gareth Barry 75%
Most Fouls:
Glen Johnson 11, Ashley Cole 5, James Milner 5, John Terry 5
Yellow cards:
Jamie Carragher 2, Glen Johnson 2, Steven Gerrard 1, James Milner 1
Red cards: none
David James 9, Robert Green 3


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