WORLD CUP: Algeria hold woeful England

The boos rang out around the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town as England produced a hapless performance in the scoreless draw with Algeria.
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The boos rang out around the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town as England produced a hapless performance in the scoreless draw with Algeria.

England: 0
Algeria: 0

Venue: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town

Crowd: 64,100

Officials Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Assistants: Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan) & Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official: Michael Hester (NZL)

Yellow cards: ENG Carragher - ALG - Lacen

Red cards: None

MATCH REPORT

Fabio Capello was 64 today but this England performance gave him no cause for celebration. A 0-0 draw against Algeria, who had lost 5 of their last 6 games gives some indication of the inept showing of players who can excel for their club’s but not when wearing an international shirt.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard could barely string a pass together whilst Wayne Rooney looked completely out of sorts and has now gone seven games without an England goal.

The body language of the players as the game wore did not augur well for the remainder of the competition.

Defensively, the Three Lions were adequate with David James preferred in goal to Robert Green.

Algeria looked sharp going forward, particularly in the first half, but lacked that quality final ball although England did look shaky on occasions when their opponents broke quickly.

England were tentative and ponderous in attack and what few chances they created were easily dealt with by keeper Rais M'Bohli.

In fact John Terry almost gifted Algeria a goal with a sloppy back pass in the second half which had James racing off his line to clear.

On the touchline Capello cut an animated figure as his team struggled with the basics of the game.

Passes were either over or under hit, both Gerrard and Lampard betrayed a lack of confidence by trying to pass when in good shooting positions and Emile Heskey failed to link with Rooney.

In the final minute substitute Jermaine Defoe blasted over but in truth three points would have flattered England and been a harsh call against a battling Algeria.

For Capello the honeymoon period with the fans is clearly over as the boos ringing out at the final whistle testified.

Starting Line-Ups

ENG

1. David James
2. Glen Johnson
18. Jamie Carragher
6. John Terry
3. Ashley Cole
7. Aaron Lennon (Wright-Phillips, 63)
14. Gareth Barry (Crouch, 84)
8. Frank Lampard
4. Steven Gerrard
10. Wayne Rooney
21. Emile Heskey (Defoe, 74)

SUBS

12. Robert Green (GK)
5. Michael Dawson
9. Peter Crouch
11. Joe Cole
13. Stephen Warnock
15. Matthew Upson
16. James Milner
17. Shaun Wright-Phillips
19. Jermain Defoe
20. Ledley King
22. Michael Carrick
23. Joe Hart (GK)

ALG

23. Rais M'Bohli
2. Madjid Bougherra
3. Nadir Belhadj
4. Anthar Yahia
21. Foued Kadir
19. Hassan Yebda (Mesbah, 88)
8. Mehdi Lacen
5. Rafik Halliche
7. Ryad Boudebouz (Abdoun, 73)
15. Karim Ziani (Guedioura, 80)
13. Karim Matmour

SUBS

1. Lounes Gaouaoui (GK)
6. Yazid Mansouri
9. Abdelkader Ghezzal
10. Rafik Saifi
11. Rafik Djebbour
12. Habib Bellaid
14. Abdelkader Laifaoui
17. Adlene Guedioura
18. Carl Medjani
20. Djamel Mesbah
22. Djamel Abdoun
16. Faouzi Chaouchi (GK)

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