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Man Utd legend Cole slams England critics

Manchester United legend Andy Cole has blasted England's critics.

The failure of Fabio Capello's side to win their World Cup opener against the United States was seen as a major disappointment but Cole insists England have no divine right to win such matches.

"People get so wrapped up in tactics," he said. "We are what we are. We're not going to go out there and smash teams five or six-nil.

"You have to take your hats off to the USA but being English, we never give the other team any credit. We just talk about how indifferent the England team is.

"In England all we do is talk about the negatives."

Cole, an ambassador for England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, added: "I don't think I'd do anything differently (against Algeria). If England had ended up winning the game 1-0, would everyone be making these moans and groans? If England had lost the game everyone would be disappointed but we got a draw from the game.

"That's our ignorance again, as the English, believing that because it's the United States we can go and beat them three or four-nil and typically it will be the same against Algeria.

"It's going to be a tougher game than that, Algeria are one of the best African teams."

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