England’s odds of winning the World Cup in South Africa have taken a hit following Saturday’s disappointing draw with the USA at the weekend.
Despite being in a group that was not expected to cause them too much trouble, the Three Lions looked miles away from deserving the favourites tag which they supposedly are.
After going one-nil up in Saturday’s game, Rob Green’s howler allowed their opponents into the game and if either side had come away with three points it would’ve been unfair on the other.
In contrast to Argentina and Germany, who have both started with wins, Fabio Capello’s side appeared sluggish and lacking in ideas against a robust and determined US team.
It’s the Italian who is taking most of the criticism, particularly over his selection of West Ham keeper Green, his decision to put his faith in injury-hit defender Ledley King and the reshuffling of the midfield following James Milner’s substitution.
However, redemption can be achieved with a resounding win in Friday’s second Group C encounter, against Algeria.
The African team came undone after Slovenia’s Robert Koren hit a speculative effort which squirmed into the net in Sunday’s game.
So they will have to go on the attack at some stage if they want to have even a remote chance of making the later stages.
England are expected to cruise this one, despite a poor first showing and are 7/1 with bookmaker Blue Square to win exactly 3-0.
The game is live on ITV with kick-off at 7.30pm.
Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change