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Gerrard feels England deserve to be booed

Captain Steven Gerrard said England deserve to be jeered by their own fans when they play Hungary on Wednesday in their first match following their dismal World Cup campaign in South Africa.

sports Updated: Aug 11, 2010 00:54 IST

Captain Steven Gerrard said England deserve to be jeered by their own fans when they play Hungary on Wednesday in their first match following their dismal World Cup campaign in South Africa.

Gerrard told a news conference at England's base north of London that he knows Fabio Capello's side will be booed at the start of the friendly and that the players expected it -- and deserved it.

Asked if he would boo if he was a fan in the crowd at Wembley he replied, "Yes, I probably would."

He added: "I'm expecting a mixed reaction. I'm sure there'll be boos but we have to take it on the chin like men. We deserve it, we let them down, but hopefully, in time, we can show them we are a good team and we are desperate to make them happy in the future.

England, tipped as being one of the pre-tournament favourites for the World Cup, disappointed throughout and were eliminated after losing 4-1 to Germany in the second round, their worst-ever defeat at a World Cup finals.

"Everyone believed we were going to come back with our heads held high after a successful tournament," added Gerrard.

Post-Maradona era begins for Argentina
Dublin: Argentina will begin the post-Diego Maradona era with a friendly match against Ireland, looking to imitate the style of play that led Spain to World Cup glory last month. Interim coach Sergio Batista has Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain available to him in a squad selected last month by Maradona, whose contract was not renewed by the Argentina Football Association after the team's quarterfinal exit at the World Cup.

Batista, who is a candidate to replace Maradona on a full-time basis, says "it is good to copy Spain's system. I like Barcelona's game and it's what I want more than anything else." Ireland coach Giovani Trapattoni was hospitalized with nausea on Tuesday, a day before the friendly at Lansdowne Road.


Coach Trapattoni in hospital for food bug

Dublin: Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni is in a stable condition in hospital after suffering from nausea since Sunday, the Football Association of Ireland said.

Ireland face Argentina in a friendly international in Dublin on Wednesday.

"(Trapattoni has been) suffering from nausea, which he believes may have been caused by shellfish he ate before he left Italy," the FAI said in a statement, adding the Italian was taken to hospital early on Tuesday as a precautionary measure after further vomiting.
"He is in a stable condition and undergoing some tests this morning."

Trapattoni's assistant, Marco Tardelli, will take charge of the squad for training on Tuesday.

Camoranesi ordered to pay indemnity

Buenos Aires: Former Italy World Cup-winning midfielder Mauro Camoranesi has been ordered to pay a $50,000 indemnity to an opponent he injured during a match in Argentina in 1994, court sources said on Monday.

The ruling found in favour of Roberto Pizzo, who needed surgery and a long period of rehabilitation after being kicked by Argentine-born Camoranesi in a match in the Mar del Plata league south of Buenos Aires on Aug. 14, 1994.

"Although it's not possible to describe Camoranesi's action as deliberately intentional, it was incredibly clumsy ... abnormal and avoidable," the ruling stated.

Born in Tandil 160 km northwest of Mar del Plata, the 33-year-old has played for Juventus since 2002 and was a member of Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning team after taking out citizenship.