England pair Walker and Phillips out until the World Cup – BBC Sport
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford said he was “disgusted” by Wayne Rooney’s comments about his team’s World Cup fate.
Roy Hodgson’s side are currently on top in Group E after four games, while Wales, who have also drawn four of their five games, have dropped to fifth in the standings.
Asked if his England side played well enough to make the last eight, Rooney said: “It’s a long way off now. I’m not surprised. If you look at the four games so far, Wales are just more than half a goal ahead of us.
“But we’re not going to be playing in the last 16. We’ve got five games to go. They’re in, they’re there, and they’ve got their game, but we’re going to have to find ways to make sure we do well as well.”
Pickford, in his first competitive game for the national team since April’s friendly with Mexico, said: “It didn’t feel good for us to go there and get kicked around a bit. We were a bit disappointed and a bit upset with the comments from Wayne Rooney. It’s a situation where the players were saying ‘we can’t play well enough’.
“We’ve had one or two disappointing and disappointing games and I don’t think anybody wanted to make the last eight, unfortunately. We want to go out and win the game. It’s disappointing to lose games and it’s disappointing on Wayne, he says he’s going to go out and win everything.
“We could have gone in five-nil up, it’s happened, we’re in a position to get out of that situation by winning two games. I think Wayne said he can’t go in and beat England and then expect us to play well enough to make the last eight.”
England go into the World Cup with one of the oldest World Cup squads in the modern era, with just