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Friday, June 18, 2010

England 0-0 Algeria

England's World Cup hopes hang in the balance as they were held to a disappointing draw by Algeria in Cape Town.

Fabio Capello's side now need to beat Slovenia on Wednesday to ensure qualification to the knockout stages.

England felt the full force of the fury of the thousands of fans who flooded Cape Town in the vain hope of seeing a performance that moved on to a different level from their first draw against the United States in Rustenburg.

Instead, they were rewarded with a performance that was the least effective of manager Fabio Capello's reign, England looked jaded and lacking inspiration, with Algeria goalkeeper Rais M Bolhi barely troubled apart from one first-half save from Frank Lampard.

Algeria fully deserved the point they celebrated with such elation at the final whistle while the angry reaction of England's fans at the final whistle delivered their verdict on this tired showing.

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