Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has accused England of playing "kick and rush" football and believes they are suffering for the lack of domestic players in the Barclays Premier League.
Beckenbauer saw Joachim Low's side record an impressive 4-0 win over Australia the day after England toiled to a 1-1 draw with the United States due to keeper Robert Green's howler.
In a column for South African newspaper The Times, Beckenbauer said: "What I saw of the English against the USA had very little to do with football. It looked to me as if the English have gone backwards into the bad old days of kick and rush."
The 64-year-old, who captained his country in both the 1966 World Cup final defeat to England and their victorious 1974 campaign, feels Fabio Capello will struggle to lift his side's performances.
"I am not sure if the England coach Fabio Capello can still change much there," he added.
"The English are being punished for the fact that there are very few English players in the Premier League as clubs use better foreign players from all over the world."
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