Premiership fans target England players

England's Euro 2008 flops suffered a backlash on Saturday when disgruntled fans booed Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and ridiculed Scott Carson, the Aston Villa goalkeeper, who gifted Croatia their opening goal at Wembley in midweek.

Derby fans joined in the chorus of jeers when they barracked Chelsea's Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Three days after the 3-2 defeat which cost England a place at next year's finals, and Steve McClaren his job as head coach, the football public made their feelings clear at Newcastle, where the St. James' Park crowd abused Gerrard, and at Middlesbrough's Riverside stadium, where Boro fans taunted Carson by encouraging their players to shoot from the halfway line.

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