• Date: Fri 18 June 2010
  • Venue: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
  • Ref: Irmatov, R
  • Attendance: 60,000

England vs Algeria

Team Lineups

England

David James
Glen Johnson
Ashley Cole
John Terry
Jamie Carragher
Steven Gerrard
Aaron Lennon (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 63)
Frank Lampard
Gareth Barry (Peter Crouch, 84)
Wayne Rooney
Emile Heskey (Jermain Defoe, 74)

Algeria

Rais M'Bolhi
Madjid Bougherra
Nadir Belhadj
Anther Yahia
Rafik Halliche
Ryad Boudebouz (Djamel Abdoun, 74)
Mehdi Lacen
Karim Matmour
Karim Ziani (Adlene Guedioura, 81)
Hassan Yebda (Djamel Mesbah, 89)
Foued Kadir

Match Report
England gave another insipid display as they drew 0-0 with Algeria in Cape Town to leave their hopes of progressing out of the group stages of the World Cup in the balance. England head coach Fabio Capello made two changes to his side, with David James replacing Robert Green in goal and Gareth Barry taking the place of James Milner in midfield. The early stages saw both sides trying to show attacking intent, without being able to string too many passes together. Goal attempts were few and far between, with England skipper Steven Gerrard trying his luck from distance on a couple of occasions, being unable to extend keeper Rais M'Bolhi. Just past the half-hour mark England's best chance fell to Frank Lampard, after an Aaron Lennon cross had deflected off Emile Heskey, but the Chelsea man's low drive from 15 yards was saved by M'Bolhi, who then dived on the loose ball. Barry and Wayne Rooney both found M'Bolhi with long-range efforts as a poor first 45 minutes drew to a close, with Algeria having enjoyed plenty of possession without creating any openings. The second half began with England showing a little more intent, but woeful efforts at crosses from Heskey and Gerrard saw two openings go to waste in the opening ten minutes. Just before the hour mark Jamie Carragher was booked, meaning that he will miss the final Group C clash with Slovenia, before Capello brought on Shaun Wright-Phillips for the ineffectual Aaron Lennon. Twenty minutes from time Heskey passed up a half-chance when he opted to try to find Rooney rather than shooing on goal and England's only on-target attempt in the second half saw Gerrard's weak header collected by M'Bolhi. Capello threw on Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch in a bid to find a late breakthrough, but the former's long-range drive over the top was the closest England came to an undeserved winner.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-Time: ENGLAND 0-0 ALGERIA.

90

Rooney brings down Foued Kadir and time is almost up.

90

Lampard is stopped by Bougherra on the edge of the area and Defoe hammers the loose ball over the top from 25 yards.

90

Three minutes of injury time to be played.

90

James collects a free-kick well under a bit of pressure from Bougherra.

89

Terry is penalised for a foul on Makmour, with time rapidly running out.

89
Substitution
 

Algeria make their final change, with Djamel Mesbah taking the place of Yebda.

88

Lampard tries a shot from all of 35 yards, it goes yards wide of target. He has had a shocker of a game tonight.

87

Rooney attempts a long pass to Wright-Phillips, but it is intercepted and cleared.

86

A corner comes to nothing with Gerrard moaning about a possible bit of shirt-tugging.

85
Yellow Card
 

Wright-Phillips is hacked down by Lacen, who is cautioned.

85

Rooney has pulled out to the left of midfield, that seems to be such a waste.

84
Substitution
 

Barry makes way for Peter Crouch.

82

Lacen is penalised for pulling back Wright-Phillips, but the set-piece is wasted and Capello is now well and truly ticking on the England bench.

81
Substitution
 

Algeria bring on Adlene Guedioura for Ziani, who is suffering with cramp.

79

Abdoun is flagged offside for an Algeria side who look like they may just be fading a little.

78

Halliche heads away Johnson's cross from the right, another corner for England.

76

Barry has a shot blocked, a hint of handball, but nothing is given.

76

Defoe has a cross blocked for a corner after a good pass from Gerrard.

75

Defoe is almost played in by Gerrard, but Algeria are back in numbers.

74
Substitution
 

Jermain Defoe is on for Heskey.

74
Substitution
 

Boudebouz is replaced by Djamel Abdoun.

73

England knock the ball around, before Rooney's 30-yard shot whistles wide of the Algeria goal.

71

From the resulting corner Gerrard's header is straight at M'Bolhi from 15 yards out.

70

Heskey is away down the right, but he attempts a cross when he could have had a shot.

69

Algeria knock the ball around nicely, but the move peters out.

67

Carragher hacks the ball away as he and Karim Matmour chase a long ball through the middle.

66

Wright-Phillips wins a free-kick on the right.

66

Twenty-five minutes to play and England desperately need a goal.

64

Terry almost plays James into trouble, but he reaches the ball just before the attacker and hacks the ball clear.

63
Substitution
 

Lennon lifts in a ball from the left and wins a corner before being replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

61

M'Bolhi collects a Gerrard corner under little or no pressure.

60

An hour played and the second half so far has been worse than the first.

59

Yahia fires in the free-kick, but it's well wide of target.

58
Yellow Card
 

Jamie Carragher is penalised for a block on Yebda and he will miss the next game.

57

Ashley Cole heads behind for a corner as Belhadj lifts a cross to the far post.

55

Algeria give the ball away and England have a clear opening, but Gerrard plays in a dismal ball which is cleared away for a corner.

52

England spring forward, but Heskey dithers when presented with a good crossing chance and eventually hoofs the ball out for a goal-kick.

50

Ziani's attempted cross from the left goes out for a goal-kick.

49

Heskey heads on and Rooney flicks the ball towards Gerrard, but an Algerian defender is in the right place to clear.

47

Lampard lifts the ball towards Rooney, but Bougherra heads back to his goalkeeper.

46

England start the second period.

Half time
 

Half-Time: ENGLAND 0-0 ALGERIA.

45

One minute of added time to be played.

43

Rooney takes the ball on himself and shoots from distance, M'Bolhi gathers with ease.

42

Closing in on half-time and England have so far flattered to deceive again.

40

Heskey makes space down the right and his cross forces a clearance from Rafik Halliche.

39

Lennon drifts across the area and feeds Barry, whose left-footer from 25 yards is comfortably collected by M'Bolhi.

37

Lampard almost plays in Lennon down the right and a last-ditch challenge prevents Heskey from latching on to the loose ball.

35

Karim Ziani finds space down the left, but his shot from 20 yards is well wide of James' near post.

33

A cross from Lennon deflects off Heskey and falls for Lampard, whose low left-foot shot is well saved by M'Bolhi. England's best chance.

31

Rooney now links up with Frank Lampard, but the final ball is overhit and out for a goal-kick.

30

Rooney and Gerrard combine well and the latter gets in a shot from 25 yards, but it's straight at the waiting M'Bolhi.

30

Capello is starting to look a bit concerned in the technical area.

28

John Terry is down injured after a challenge, he's getting to his feet slowly.

27

Wayne Rooney is penalised for a foul on Bougherra after Algeria play around perilously in defence.

26

Barry tries to find Heskey in the area, but his cross is way off the mark.

24

Belhadj fires over the corner and James makes a good catch under pressure at the far post.

23

Bougherra whips in a superb cross and Barry's fine clearance ends on the roof of the net.

22

Almost midway through the first half and it's pretty even so far.

20

James collects a Hassan Yebda header after more good play by Algeria.

19

Gerrard gives the ball away cheaply again and Algeria spring forward.

18

Algeria have started to enjoy more of the possession and England are looking a bit ragged.

18

Nadir Belhadj crosses in from the left and Jamie Carragher heads away.

17

Glen Johnson plays a poor ball back to James and is then skinned when the ball comes back towards goal.

15

Skipper Gerrard tries a shot from 25 yards out and he lifts a feeble effort high over the crossbar and into the crowd.

14

Yahia brings down Heskey near halfway, but England waste the free-kick.

13

Heskey meets a Barry corner, but is penalised for a push on Bougherra.

12

James punches uncertainly as a high ball from Bougherra drops just under the crossbar.

11

Heskey puts Anther Yahia under pressure as Algeria dither on the ball in defence.

9

A lively opening from both sides.

7

Aaron Lennon concedes the first corner of the game.

6

Ashley Cole finds space in the Algeria area, but Madjid Bougherra makes a fine covering tackle.

5

Algeria launch a quick counter and Ryad Boudebouz passes up a shooting opportunity.

4

Steven Gerrard lifts a high ball into the area and almost catches out M'Bolhi, who makes a less than certain catch.

3

Ashley Cole is brought down on the left touchline, free-kick to England.

2

Barry lofts a ball at Emile Heskey, but it's too high and drifts through to Rais M'Bolhi.

1

Algeria have a bit of early possession over on the England left.

1
Kickoff
 

Uzbekistan referee Ravshan Irmatov gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Capello has made two changes to his side, with David James replacing Robert Green in goal and Gareth Barry taking the place of James Milner in midfield.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Fabio Capello's men started with an unconvincing 1-1 draw with the USA, while Algeria were beaten 1-0 by Slovenia in their opening game in Group C.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

England's World Cup campaign continues with a clash with Algeria in the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town.