Anelka stunned by 'negative' England

Last updated at 11:14 27 March 2008

Nicolas Anelka admitted he was surprised by

England's defensive approach

and insisted France found it easy

to hand Fabio Capello his first

defeat as manager.

Anelka caused problems for

England's defence throughout

and won the penalty which

settled the game when he

ran behind Chelsea team-mate

John Terry and was

fouled by David James.

Scroll down for more


Forward thinking: Anelka looked lively against England but the Chelsea striker was unimpressed by Fabio Capello's side

The Chelsea striker revealed the French players were

shocked by England's lack of

ambition and said they were to

blame for such a dull game.

He said: “From the moment we

scored, we waited to see if they

were going to attack or not, but

the English did not leave their

defensive positions and that was

why the match was like that.

“It was a very good match for us

and the victory was deserved.

England is a big team, even

though they won't be at Euro 2008,

but the match had a lack of


"For the penalty, I arrived

before the keeper and he could do

nothing else but bring me down

otherwise I would have scored.”

No comments have so far been submitted. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards.

We are no longer accepting comments on this article.

Who is this week's top commenter? Find out now