Italian press - Rooney was a ghost, now we understand the English papers

The Italian media were obviously happy their side had won but felt England were an improved side but they didn't think much of the experienced players.

Rooney was a ghost

La Repubblica - "Rooney was disappointing and is in a phase of devolution. We now understand all the controversy that has appeared in the English papers."

La Gazzetta dello Sport - "England’s line-up as “Sterling aside, it was the team we expected. Strong in attack, fragile in midfield, modest in defence."

Corriere dello Sport - "Welbeck, Sturridge and Sterling often changed position and initially left no points of reference to the Italian defence. Gerrard was out of the game, Rooney a ghost. For England the World Cup is now uphill."

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Chicago Tribune - "England's stalwarts couldn't match the pace of guile of the team's young lions raising questions about whether players such as captain Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney should still be automatic starters.

"England failed to make second-half pressure count with indifferent performances by Gerrard and Rooney. Leighton Baines struggled against Italy's wing-back Matteo Darmian who gave the England left back a roasting in only his second international appearance."

The Australian - "All evening, Prandelli’s tactic of overloading on Eng­land’s left flank and attacking down that side caused dangers."

The Wall Street Journal - "This team isn't very good. In almost every respect, England were outpassed and outclassed by Italy."

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