Saturday, 3 July 2010
On O2 Arena show Rooney and Gerrard pull the plug
Rooney and Steven Gerrard ENGLAND failures have cancelled their O2 appearance after their World Cup nightmares. The two players were due to compete on July 17 at the Arena alongside fellow stars Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, David Villa and Cristian Ronaldo. But the Three Lions pair have pulled the plug following their part in England's abject performance in South Africa - costing them an estimated £50,000 each. And that has meant the whole event, named A:3K, has been shelved less than three weeks before it was due to be staged. Director of A:3K Terry Byrne said: "Both Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney have made it clear they believe it would be incompatible for them to participate in A:3K at this time. "We fully understand and respect both players' decisions. We could have replaced them with two other players but feel the players involved are six of the best in the world - and that is what we promised we would deliver."All six players have said they will take part in the competition next summer instead.The arrangers said their priority now was to contact ticket holders offering them a refund or tickets for next year. President of International for AEG Live, Rob Hallett, who was promoting the event, added: "As a football fan I totally understand and respect Steven and Wayne's decision to postpone their involvement in A:3K until next year. We look forward to hosting the event at The O2 arena on the rescheduled date in June 2011."Steven Gerrard scored one goal during England's ill fated World Cup campaign, while Wayne Rooney failed to find the net in four matches and was considered one of the biggest let downs of the tournament.