England are stupid and burnt out, says guess who…
IT’S not really a game that needs any extra rivalry.
But that hasn’t stopped Germany’s greatest footballer from stoking up the tensions ahead of his country’s World Cup clash with England tomorrow.
This week Franz Beckenbauer intensified his criticism of the England team, calling them “stupid” and “burnt out”.
“The Kaiser”, who won the World Cup with Germany as a player and a manager and now works for football’s governing body, Fifa, had already slated England for playing “kick and rush” football in this tournament.
But after hearing that the two sides were to meet in a last-16 knockout tie because England failed to top their group as ex- pected, he continued his assault on Fabio Capello’s men, telling German newspaper Bild: “A game like this should be a semi-final, not a last-16 game.
“Stupidly, the English have slipped up a little by finishing second in their group.”
He added: “The English look a little tired. There is a good reason for that.
“The Premier League players have got to play far more games than their (German league) col- leagues, including two national cup competitions.
“Therefore, when it comes to a World Cup or a European Championship, they are burnt out.
“Our players, on the other hand, seem to be in a physically better condition.”
Of how he felt about having to play England earlier than expected in South Africa, he said: “Of course we respect them, but we certainly don’t fear them.
“England’s first two appear- ances at the World Cup were paltry, but they improved against Slovenia.”
In a backhanded compliment apparently designed to pile pressure on England, he added: “After all, England have been waiting since 1966 for a title.
“Fabio Capello appears to have brought discipline to the troops. After they failed to qualify for Euro 2008, England hit rock bottom.”
Last night his mind games appeared to have backfired within the England camp in Rustenburg.
One insider said: “We must thank Beckenbauer for doing a team talk for us – we can pin his comments on the dressingroom wall before the match and that will give us all the motivation we need.” – Daily Mail