England play out 0-0 draw with Algeria

England fans were restless after the Three Lions had a lifeless 0-0 draw with Algeria in their second round Group C match of the 2010 World Cup at Green Point Stadium on Saturday in Cape Town.

In a game England were expected to win quite comfortably they offered little intent and it was the lower ranked Algeria who played with more purpose against the British heavyweights.

England has two points from two games while Algeria has one and if England can beat Slovenia in its next match then they will gain a path through to the next round.

First Half
In a game that appeared to be just going through the motions, apart from some enterprising Algerian play at times, there was little serious goal mouth action.

A few half chances eventuated for both sides at various stages and Carragher was good down back for England while Lennon was busy up forward.

Algeria seemed more purposeful than England and half-time it was 0-0 after England were unable to provide any spark.

First half rating (Out of 5): England 2.5 – Algeria 2.5

Second Half
The second 45 minutes was not much better than the first and there were no serious chances at goal for either side.

Both teams had half chances and England tried a few long shots that were never going to amount to anything.

Wayne Rooney had little impact for England and it makes you wonder about England’s intensity levels when you see Rooney get hold of a ball in the middle and pass it out wide to a team mate and then simply jog forward offering no support as England are on the offensive.

England not only didn’t score against a team ranked in the thirties, they never seriously threatened them, bar for a Lampard effort in the first half that lacked any real power.

In an uninspiring game the score finished at 0-0 and England and Algeria with the job ahead.

Second Half rating (Out of 5): England 2.5 – Algeria 2.5

Final Score

England 0 – 0 Algeria

58m J. Carragher (Eng)
85m M. Lacen (Alg)

England Starting 11
David James, Glen Johnson, Jamie Carragher, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Aaron Lennon, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey

Substitutes
63m Shaun Wright Phillips for Aaron Lennon
74m Jermain Defoe for Emile Heskey
84m Peter Crouch for Gareth Barry

Algeria Starting 11
Rais M´Bohli, Madjid Bougherra, Nadir Belhadj, Anther Yahia, Foued Kadir, Hassan Yebda, Mehdi Lacen, Rafik Halliche, Ryad Boudebouzv, Karim Ziani, Karim Matmour

Substitutes
74m Djamel Abdoun for Karim Matmour
80m Adlene Guédioura for Karim Ziani
88m Djamel Mesbah for Hassan Yebda

Team Game Rating (out of 10): England 5.0 – Algeria 5.0

Match Thoughts

England were again very disappointing on the big stage when much more was expected of them and they really went forward aimlessly and packed little punch for a team with so many star players.

A team of star players does not make a star team and while England have arguably the best soccer league in the world, they do not have the best team.

England can’t seem to bring it when it when it really matters and we hope they can when they play Slovenia next to get the win and make it to the next round.

Algeria battled gamely against supposedly superior opposition but you wouldn’t think so watching the game.

Algeria ran hard for each other and as a team they performed to the level required in an effort to beat a much higher ranked opponent, alas their opponent were unable to do the same.

Mathematically Algeria can still get through if results fall their way but they must beat the United States to have any chance.

Filed Under: 2010 World Cup

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