THE new MP for Dewsbury today attacked England's footballers for complaining about conditions at their World Cup training camp.
Tory Simon Reevell said Fabio Capello's soccer stars should think about British troops serving six-month tours in Afghanistan before blaming homesickness for their poor performances in the competition.
England take on Slovenia tomorrow knowing that defeat would consign them to an early exit from the competition after disappointing draws in their first two games.
In his maiden Commons speech Mr Reevell paid tribute to 26-year-old Corporal Stephen Curley, of 40 Commando, Royal Marines, who was from Mr Reevell's constituency and died in Helmand last month.
Mr Reevell said: "Those of our footballers in South Africa who hint that their poor performance may be attributed to being away from their families for a few weeks should reflect on the fact that our real heroes are serving six-month operational tours in Afghanistan."