Franz Beckenbauer believes England have gone backwards under Fabio Capello and described their football during Saturday's 1-1 draw against the USA as being "kick and rush".
The 64-year-old, who captained West Germany to World Cup success in 1974, was unimpressed with England in their opening game in South Africa, in sharp contrast to his own country's 4-0 demolition of Australia just 24 hours later.
In a column for South African newspaper The Times, Beckenbauer said:"What I saw of the English against the USA had very little to do with football.
"It looked to me as if the English have gone backwards into the bad old days of kick and rush.
"I am not sure if the England coach Fabio Capello can still change much there.
"The English are being punished for the fact that there are very few English players in the Premier League as clubs use better foreign players from all over the world."