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Friday, 18th June 2010
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Group C Match

England vs Algeria
in Cape Town

Birthday Boy, Fabio Capello had Gareth Barry fit and brought in David James as number one.

Ravshan Irmatov, of Uzbekistan, refereed the South Africa vs Mexico opening game and became the first referee to take charge of his second match at the 2010 World Cup Finals.

Algeria also started the game with a change of goalkeeper; Rais M'Bolhi even had a trial for Manchester United before the tournament. Perhaps it was memories of that trial that fogged his vision, as he made an early mistake by passing to Wayne Rooney.

With eighteen minutes gone, Algeria seemed to settle in rather well; giving England plenty to think about.

Five minutes later, David James did well to keep hold of Nadir Belhadj's high corner; as Algeria continued to put England on the back foot.

With half an hour gone, England were looking perilously close to winning the 'Worse Team of The Tournament' tag off France; about the only thing either team would win on their current showing.

A chorus of God Save The Queen inspired Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney for a split second; the sort of mini moments that result in goals.

Then a minute later, M'Bolhi stopped England's best chance of the first-half; from the rapidly advancing Frank Lampard. Those sort of goals have gone in so many times at Stamford Bridge.

Fabio Capello walked towards the tunnel with his head down and hands in his pockets. Not the sort of birthday surprise he would have wished for. Now what?

Half-time: 0:0

Is the Italian manager suffocating the players? Maybe they should listen to Beckenbauer - kick and rush is better than this.

Emile Heskey showed that he's been watching some of the talent in other World Cup games as he tried to appear skilful with his feet on the right. Unfortunately, a donkey can't become a thoroughbred overnight.

Things went from bad to worse, just before the hour, as Jamie Carragher was booked for a block on the edge of the area and would miss the crucial game against Slovenia. No tears though.

An awful back-pass from John Terry put David James under immense pressure. Terry then made amends by heading the goalkeeper's punt further upfield.

The arrival of Jermain Defoe, in place of Emile Heskey, added a little more spark to the England attack.

The Americans could quite rightly feel proud of their draw with Slovenia, after going two goals down in their first-half, but England would have to be thoroughly ashamed by this performance.

In a final throw of the dice, Capello sent on big Peter Crouch for Gareth Barry, with just six minutes left to break the deadlock.

That didn't work, so knockout football comes early for England, as they have to beat Slovenia in the final group game. On this showing, that doesn't look very likely.

If England can't score one goal against Slovenia (and keep a clean sheet), they'll need to draw at least two-two and hope the United States vs Algeria game is goalless. As for drawing of lots, perish the thought.

Final Score:
England 0 Algeria 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
None.

Man of The Match:
Nadir Belhadj - Always a threat attacking down the left and helped Algeria keep a clean sheet by stopping Emile Heskey; although some would say Emile (in an England shirt) stops himself.

Teams

Travel to England England:
1 David James; 3 Ashley Cole, 6 John Terry, 18 Jamie Carragher, 2 Glen Johnson; 4 Steven Gerrard, 14 Gareth Barry, 8 Frank Lampard, 7 Aaron Lennon; 10 Wayne Rooney, 21 Emile Heskey.

Travel to Algeria Algeria:
23 Rais M'Bolhi; 3 Nadir Belhadj, 4 Antar Yahia, 5 Rafik Halliche, 2 Madjid Bougherra; 15 Karim Ziani, 8 Medhi Lacen, 7 Ryad Boudebouz, 19 Hassan Yebda, 21 Foued Kadir; 13 Karim Matmour.

Referee:
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Substitutions Substitutions:
63 Mins (England) - 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips on for 7 Aaron Lennon
74 Mins (Algeria) - 22 Djamel Abdoun on for 7 Ryad Boudebouz
74 Mins (England) - 19 Jermain Defoe on for 21 Emile Heskey
81 Mins (Algeria) - 17 Adlène Guédioura on for 15 Karim Ziani
84 Mins (England) - 9 Peter Crouch on for 14 Gareth Barry
88 Mins (Algeria) - 20 Djamel Mesbah on for 19 Hassan Yebda

Yellow Cards 2 Yellow Cards:
58 Mins - Jamie Carragher (England) - misses next game.
85 Mins - Medhi Lacen (Algeria)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
With no experience of playing against Algeria, England opted for a test drive against Egypt, at Wembley, in March 2010; which England comfortably won (3:1).

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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