Upson bemused by poor England
28 Jun 2010 - 09:19:38
Defender Matthew Upson cannot explain the reasons why England under-performed at the World Cup.
The West Ham defender scored England's consolation effort in Sunday's 4-1 last 16 rout by Germany in Bloemfontein.
The future of head coach Fabio Capello is under the spotlight following a series of below-par performances in South Africa and Upson is at a loss to explain why the Three Lions performed so poorly on the world stage.
Back-to-back draws against the United States and Algeria in the group stage were followed up by a stuttering 1-0 victory over Slovenia to reach the first knockout round.
"I would love to explain," said Upson. "It is very difficult to analyse all these games and give a reason why X, Y and Z happened.
"I don't know. I can't explain the performances, but I don't think they have all been as bad as what we are talking about.
"I don't have the answer to why we never do it against the big countries.
"You have 11 players giving it 100 per cent. At the end of the day we weren't good enough to get the result. It is as simple as that.
"Where England go from here is a good question. It is something the manager will be thinking a lot.
"He will be analysing everything we have done in the tournament and I am sure he will learn a lot for the future."