England fans will be holding their breath tonight as their country plays their second game in this World Cup against Algeria.
England captain Steven Gerrard after scoring after 4 minutes against USA
Look at those clenched fists!
And even though the 1-1 draw against the USA last Saturday was not what we wanted, nevertheless Fabio Capello took some good things away from that game and the manager had promised an improvement tonight.
One good thing was that when Steven Gerrard is captain he rises to the responsibility, and he had a very good game including a terrific goal after just 4 minutes.
And John Terry was right in there when the going got tough, and put in some great blocks – and it appears that when the going gets tough – a certain John Terry turns up.
Steven Gerrard has tried to rally the troops today as he said:
“We hope we can join the World Cup party now,” “That’s the idea, to put on a good performance as soon as we can.”
“We didn’t manage that against the USA as we never clicked for the whole 90 minutes.” “Hopefully that will happen in this game and then everyone will be a lot more positive afterwards.”
“I think we have to push on now. Obviously we wanted to get the three points from the first game and were disappointed to get just one, but now we have to push on and get stronger.”
“The dangerous thing now is to underestimate Algeria and think it’s an automatic three points, which it’s not going to be.”
England are ranked 8th in the FIFA May rankings, and Algeria are ranked a respectable 30th.
We have to hope that Fabio Capello has the lads ready tonight, and the team can start playing as well as they did in qualifying.
But the big Achilles Heel with England players is their weak mental strength – and we saw that with goalkeeper Robert Green making that awful mistake, and is one reason we have never won a penalty shoot-out.
But we are hoping that the manager, Fabio Capello, with his positive, dedicated and no excuses approach, can bring the best out of the England players – who are all great when playing club football.
The last man to be able to do that was our own Sir Bobby Robson in 1990, but Sir Alf Ramsey is the only manager ever to be able to win the World Cup for England – who after all, created the game.
We hope that statement is not true come July 11th, when we are praying England can win the whole thing – and that’s certainly possible.