While England have floundered, Fergie believes the whole tournament has failed to spark.
He said: "It's been a disappointing World Cup, but I had a feeling it would be.
"I have been disappointed with the quality levels, I haven't been impressed at all.
"The season we have in Europe, particularly in England, is tough.
"The players met up about 3-4 days after the season finished and they have been together for most of that time, after a long, hard season.
"It's a real task to ask players to perform at the best level they can achieve after the season in England."