Slovenia's Kek proud despite exit

23 June 2010 11:24
Matjaz Kek, the Slovenia manager, vowed not to let his side's World Cup disappointment detract from what he described as a positive tournament for his side. Slovenia looked on course for a place in the second round despite losing 1-0 to England on Wednesday as the United States and Algeria were goalless as they went into stoppage time at the end of their match. Landon Donovan's goal two minutes into time added on changed all that. It meant the United States jumped from third to top in the group, pushing England into second and Slovenia out of the second round altogether. "Some people will think I'm disappointed but I am proud that I have come so far with with this Slovenia side. At the end it was indescribable but this is sport," said Kek. "I hope it will be a positive experience for Slovenia and our squad will benefit from it. I would be really glad if Slovenia had won. We have put in a lot of effort. "I hope these players will be role models for other players in Slovenia. They are maturing a lot and we have created future potential." Although Kek was disappointed not to be joining England in the knockout stages, he wished his side's conquerors well. "I hope England win at the World Cup and I think England are a favourite," he added. "They played well but at the end we could have levelled and made a draw. Sport is very unpredictable."