Messi 'shocked' over England's great 'freeze' in World Cup

Posted By: Abdul Nisar

Cape Town, July 3(ANI): Argentina striker Lionel Messi has said that he was shocked to see the England team 'freeze' in their Round of 16 World Cup game against Germany.

England was eliminated from the tournament after losing 1-4 to Germany in Bloemfontein.

The Three Lions' 'worst ever World Cup defeat' also dashed their hopes of beating Germany at the World Cup for the first time since the 1966 final.

"I expected England to do well, so I am surprised they had a very poor tournament. They seemed to freeze. If Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard are not at their best, the team is bound to suffer," The Sun quoted Messi, as saying.

"Defensively, England were poor. I was surprised at how easily the Germans dismantled their defence, he added.

Fabio Capello's men, pitted in Group C against USA, Algeria and Slovenia, won only one game in the tournament.

The beat Slovenia 1-0, and drew against the US 1-1 and Algeria 0-0. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, July 3, 2010, 15:02 [IST]
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