Cape Town - England striker Wayne Rooney apologized on Saturday to England fans after criticizing them for jeering the team following the 0-0 Soccer World Cup draw with Algeria.
Rooney shouted into a TV camera as he left the field in Cape Town on Friday: "It's nice to see your own fans booing you."
"I am as passionate about the England team as anyone," Rooney said in a statement. "Last night, on reflection I said things in the heat of the moment that came out of frustration of both our performance and the result. ... For my part I apologize for any offense caused by my actions at the end of the game."
"The most important thing now is to regroup be positive and work towards winning the game on Wednesday," Rooney said. "To do this the players will need the support of the fans more than ever."