Friday, June 18, 2010 (All times Eastern)
England (0-0-1) vs. Algeria (0-1-0), 2:30 p.m.
Cape Town, South Africa (Sports Network) - England will be looking for its first win of the World Cup on Friday against Algeria after settling for a 1-1 draw with the United States in the team's opening match in Group C play.
England entered the tournament as heavy favorites to top the group, and it will now need to pick up three points against an Algeria side that lost 1-0 to Slovenia in its first match.
Both England and Algeria were the victims of poor goalkeeping, costing both clubs valuable points, so both netminders in this game at Cape Town Stadium will be under the microscope.
Robert Green made the highest-profile mistake of the tournament when he allowed a Clint Dempsey effort to slip through is hands and into the net at the end of the first half vs. the U.S., and it has yet to be determined who will take up the spot between the posts for manager Fabio Capello.
Both David James and Joe Hart are decent options to replace Green, but Capello could still opt to keep the West Ham man in goal.
"He [Robert Green] made one mistake but then pulled off a great save in the second half," Capello said. "I was pleased for him. We had lots of chances in the game. There were a lot of positives. Just the result wasn't positive."
Capello has already confirmed that Gareth Barry will be a part of his starting 11 as the Manchester City midfielder has recovered from an ankle injury, while it also wouldn't be a surprise to see Joe Cole find his way into the team, possibly in place of James Milner.
Central defender Ledley King is also unlikely to feature in the starting lineup after he was replaced against the United States at halftime after suffering a groin injury.
Algeria had a heartbreaking opener as well as goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi let in a soft goal from Robert Koren 11 minutes from time, but they also severely lacked any bite in attack and must change that if they want any chance of advancing to the next round.
A loss against The Three Lions would eliminate Algeria from knockout-round contention, leaving it with just a match against the United States to play.
06/17 13:48:22 ET