England vs. Algeria 2010 World Cup Preview: Why England Must Win Their Group

Antony HerbertAnalyst IIIJune 18, 2010

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 12:  Wayne Rooney of England stands for the national anthems prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between England and USA at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Today’s match between England and Algeria has an important impact on where my life will head in the next couple of weeks.

You see, I turn 25 on the third of July. It is my lucky number, so despite reaching a quarter of a century, I thought I would celebrate with a day at Alton Towers.

It is true that for a Saturday, the UK’s most famous theme park will be full to the brim. Ques will be long, but the rides and the company will still be there. It would be my day, in all my self-indulgent glory!

As long as England win their group.

This is how is stands. If England do indeed go with the form book and find themselves progressing as group victors, then a quarterfinal clash will be played on July 2.

However, if they fail to master the Algerians and then the Slovenians only mustering enough for a runner-up position, then a quarterfinal would be played on July 3—on my birthday.

Bang would go the Alton Towers trip. The theme park will always be there, but the 2010 World Cup will not be. I have already made my choice in such an occurrence coming into fruition.

So my celebrations would instead be spent with a pint, a pot of Sahara nuts, and a pub full of anxious, excitable, and intense spectators, willing England on to hopeful triumph.
Of course, there are other alternatives.

The Three Lions could slide along the same mediocre route as France. They could exit the tournament amidst unfulfilled potential and a lack of killer instinct.

Then, even if they do progress from the group stages, what is to top them being defeated in the final 16?

Failure to win the group would almost certainly set up a tie against Germany who are now the new tournament favourites. Would we be expecting England to conquer such a team?

With every game England will need to optimistically increase in ability and credential. They will need to triumph over adversity, take the group comfortably with two wins, and then rush through to the final.

Wayne Rooney is the key man.

Maybe the release of a fourth Shrek movie will spur him on. He can run away with the ball in avoidance of the constant lookalike taunts that have plagued him since the movie was first released nearly 10 years ago.

Run towards the goal Wayne, and get it in the net. On at least a few occasions if you can!

If Germany were to be their opponents, they would at least stand a fighting chance given the momentum that could be gained from a glorious run of results.

So come on England, get yourselves into gear today. Get that victory and follow it with an equally consistent display against Slovenia.

Let me go to Alton Towers on my birthday and I promise to watch all of the remaining fixtures. That is of course, unless my work set me shifts when the matches are on.
Then alas, no amount of potential sequences can afford me the on screen action.