Another ugly game for England
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
England's Wayne Rooney reacts at the end of his team's goalless draw with Algeria on Friday. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)
CAPE TOWN -- Alleged global soccer superpowers England, Spain, Germany and France have played seven combined games at South Africa 2010.
Between them, they have one win.
That lone victory came Sunday by the Germans, who then rebounded to lose 1-0 to Serbia Friday.
Hours later, it was England's turn to lay an egg.
With teammates barking at each other and shaking their heads in disgust as the clock ticked down, the English played to an uninspired 0-0 draw with a far less talented Algerian team in front of a disgruntled pro-England crowd at Green Point Stadium.
The English continue to be haunted by an inability to finish. They have been held off the scoreboard for the past 174 minutes of play, their only goal coming via captain Steven Gerrard in the sixth minute of their 1-1 opening game draw against the U.S.
When the final whistle was blown, boos could be heard echoing throughout the stadium as the English players left the field.
The outcome leaves Group C wide open heading into the final set of games.
Slovenia, coming off a controversial 2-2 draw with the Americans earlier in the day, lead the group with four points. The U.S. and England are next with two each while Algeria sits with one.
Games still remaining on the schedule: England versus Slovenia and the U.S. against Algeria. All four teams still have a chance to advance, leaving plenty of drama ahead.
English manager Fabio Capello, obviously having seen enough of goalkeeper Robert Green in the now famous “Hand of Clod” 1-1 draw with the U.S. six days earlier, opted to give veteran David James the start against Algeria.
One of the oldest players in the tournament, James, 40, got the nod in order to bring some stability and experience to the English squad. His appearance against Algeria was his 51st career cap for England.
Defender Jamie Carragher received a yellow card for the second consecutive game and will be out for England's final Group match against Slovenia Wednesday in Port Elizabeth.