UNITED STATES captain Carlos Bocanegra is viewing today's crunch showdown against Algeria as not only a chance to reach the last 16 of the World Cup but also to win the team some new fans back home.
ENGLAND'S misfiring players were forced to defend the supporters' right to boo them despite team-mate Wayne Rooney lashing out at the travelling fans.
ALGERIA midfielder Hassan Yebda hopes his team-mates can draw strength from the legendary Battle of Algiers when they take on England tonight.
ALGERIA defender Madjid Bougherra admits players are struggling to get to grips with playing with the World Cup ball at altitude.
RANGERS defender Madjid Bougherra believes all the pressure is on England ahead of Algeria's Group C encounter in Cape Town on Friday.
ALGERIA coach Rabah Saadane was not impressed by either England or the United States in their opening draw in Group C but knows both will pose tough tests for his side.
ALGERIA coach Rabah Saadane refused to blame goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi for the blunder which handed Slovenia their first points at a World Cup with a 1-0 Group C win in Polokwane.
NOT UNTIL lunchtime today does this World Cup complete one of its truly dramatic arcs.
RANGERS defender Madjid Bougherra believes his experience in British football will help keep the likes of Wayne Rooney at bay when Algeria meet England next week.
ALGERIA captain Yazid Mansouri has been dropped from the team for their World Cup opener against Slovenia on Sunday.
Kick off: 15:00
Date: 23 June, 2010
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Kick off: 19:30
Date: 18 June, 2010
Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
Kick off: 12:30
Date: 13 June, 2010
Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
THE distance between Algeria and South Africa is 6,891 kilometres.
RANGERS defender Madjid Bougherra safely came through Algeria's final warm-up match on Saturday, leaving coach Rabah Saadane believing England's Group C rivals are a step closer to where they want to be for the World Cup.
Algeria, known as the Desert Foxes, are capable of playing fast, attacking football, but are also prone to collapsing spectacularly, as they did against rivals Egypt in this year's Africa Cup of Nations.