ENGLAND'S players were booed off last night - sparking a furious reaction from Wayne Rooney.
The sound of the World Cup vuvuzelas was replaced by jeers as the Three Lions trooped off the pitch following a dismal 0-0 draw with Algeria.
Disappointed Man Utd striker Rooney lost his cool as he headed for the dressing rooms, turning to a TV camera and saying: "Nice to see your home fans boo you. That's what loyal support is."
Captain Steven Gerrard made no excuses for the sloppy display, which left the nation's dreams of glory hanging in the balance.
He said in Cape Town: "We're not happy with the performance, we need more. We want to stay in this tournament until the final stages.
"We were not good enough to make the breakthrough in the final third. We've not got any excuses, we know what we have to do. We have to win the final game."
The Three Lions' faltering start to the tournament went from bad to worse as they failed to score against the North African soccer minnows, having already only drawn with the USA last Saturday.
Our millionaire stars started shakily - then got worse - with Algeria, ranked 22 places below England's 8th position in the FIFA world rankings, looking the most likely to score in the early stages.
Boss Fabio Capello wore a grim expression as he paced the edge of his pitchside technical area, shouting and pointing as his players sweated and struggled to little effect.
And as the vuvuzela horns droned in the stands, smart-suited princes William and Harry sat glum-faced in the VIP seats with their arms folded. The tensions on the pitch failed to dampen the fervor of the Three Lions fans, who urged on England with choruses of God Save The Queen and Rule Britannia.
However, the mood gradually changed as our players managed just three shots on target in a lack luster first half. And as the final whistle sounded with the game still goalless disappointed fans booed the team off the pitch, shouting "We want our money back" as Algerian players ran to salute their jubilant followers.