There was no happy birthday for Fabio Capello in Cape Town as England were booed by their own supporters following a dreadful performance against Algeria that leaves them needing to beat Slovenia to guarantee their World Cup progress.
Although they exerted some late pressure, if Capello’s men had denied Algeria a point it would have been a massive injustice on a night when Franz Beckenbauer’s assessment of England being a “kick and rush” team was proved to be false. They weren’t as good as that.
The maths are now quite simple. Beat Slovenia – when they will be without the suspended Jamie Carragher – in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday and England have scrambled their way into thes econd round. Fail and in all probability they will go home.