London, June 22 (ANI): Ahead of their must win game against Slovenia to reach the knockout stage, the England camp at the 2010 World Cup is full of tension after their dismal start in the first two matches.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to ace striker Wayne Rooney, and said: "Sometimes the expectation can be debilitating. I had that feeling. I spoke to Wayne Rooney and just said, relax and enjoy it."
"I just sensed there was a tension in and around the camp from what I was hearing. I didn't watch the Algeria game, I was out with friends, but I just get a feeling that the expectation is affecting the England team," The Sun quoted Ferguson, as saying.
Friday's dismal 0-0 draw with the African side ended with Rooney criticizing fans who booed him.
Ferguson believes the whole tournament has failed to spark.
"It's been a disappointing World Cup, but I had a feeling it would be. I have been disappointed with the quality levels, I haven't been impressed at all. The season we have in Europe, particularly in England, is tough," he said.
"The players met up about 3-4 days after the season finished and they have been together for most of that time, after a long, hard season. It's a real task to ask players to perform at the best level they can achieve after the season in England," he added. (ANI)