Wenger lambasts disappointing England


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has launched a stinging tirade on Fabio Capello and his England team following Wednesday night's 2-1 friendly loss to France at Wembley.

Goals from Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena handed Les Bleus a comfortable lead and, although substitute Peter Crouch lashed home late in the day, the visitors held on for a comfortable victory.

With a number of first-choice players out injured, Capello handed debuts to Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson in the capital with Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd also coming off the bench.

France could have won by a bigger margin after dominating large spells of the contest and England's performance has brought a scathing response from Wenger.

"This will hurt England, especially the manner of the defeat," he said.

"We've really seen such an apathetic English team and accepting an opponent's domination when they're at home is so surprising. It's despairing. The team was without fight, they really were playing a friendly match.

"Steven Gerrard looked lost on the pitch. When he lost the ball it was not a good thing. As soon as England won the ball back, they lost it again. They lost the ball straight away on the first pass. They avoided tackles. There was only one team on the pitch.

"The English lost possession in their own half and at that level it can be deadly. There's a sort of paralysis, a shyness when this team plays at Wembley."

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