Defoe understands fan criticism
19 Jun 2010 - 12:18:46
Striker Jermain Defoe insists under-fire England players must accept fan criticism following their disappointing start to the World Cup.
Defoe was a late substitute in Friday's goalless draw with Algeria which has left the Three Lions fighting for their Group C lives.
Back-to-back draws with the United States and the Desert Foxes have left England needing to win against Slovenia in their final group game to reach the last 16.
The players were booed off the pitch at full-time in Cape Town following their latest dismal performance and Wayne Rooney reacted to the criticism.
Speaking directly into one of the television cameras the Manchester United striker said: "It's nice to see your home fans booing you."
Rooney has been slammed by unhappy fans and Tottenham striker Defoe claims his international team-mates must take criticism of their below-par performances on the chin.
"I think it is part and parcel of playing at this level," he said. "You can understand fans getting frustrated and obviously they have travelled miles to come and support the team.
"But I think it's important for the fans to stay behind us because the lads are devastated we didn't win tonight.
"We want to do it for everyone back home, for our families, the boys, the manager and everyone.
"It's not nice to get booed, to be honest, especially when you try your best and it's difficult out there."