Algeria 0 England 0
Against an Algerian team playing in their first World Cup for twenty-four years, the England side failed to deliver the goods and showed no sign of significant improvement in their second match of the tournament. Expected by most pundits to outshine his peers in South Africa, Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney had been heavily criticised for his below average performance against the United States at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg six days earlier. At Cape Town Stadium, the Old Trafford marksman continued to display mediocre form in the clash with Algeria and was held scoreless for the seventh straight match as he was unable to break his goal scoring drought against The Greens. When his tensions threatened to boil over at the end of the second half, it also became apparent that Rooney´s major problem was in his mind. And although Fabio Capello’s players were pushing hard to score a goal at the end of the game, their attempts came to nothing and the contest in Cape Town ended goalless. To qualify for the next stage in the 2010 South Africa World Cup tournament, England now needed to beat Slovenia at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth in their next fixture. Algeria Team: Rais M’Bolhi, Rafik Halliche, Anthar Yahia, Madjid Bougherra, Nadir Belhadj, Ryad Boudebouz, Foued Kadir, Medhi Lacen, Hassan Yebda, Karim Ziani, Karim Matmour. Substitutes: Habib Bellaid, Abdelkader Laifaoui, Carl Medjani, Adlene Guédioura, Yazid Mansouri, Djamel Mesbah, Djamel Abdoun, Rafik Djebbour, Rafik Saifi, Faouzi Chaouchi, Lounes Gaouaoui. England Team: David James, John Terry, Glen Johnson, Gareth Barry, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard Junior, Aaron Lennon, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Michael Dawson, Matthew Upson, James Milner, Stephen Warnock, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Rob Green, Joe Hart.