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Happy Birthday, Fabio: England In Roo-Ins

Ryan RivieraContributor IJune 18, 2010

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 18:  Fabio Capello manager of England shows his frustration during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between England and Algeria at Green Point Stadium on June 18, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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England couldn't have given manager Fabio Capello a better 64th birthday present today in South Africa.

England fully deserves every bit of abuse heaved at them after their performance today against Algeria in Group C of the World Cup.

The England squad looked lost on the pitch compared to the Algerians. The balance of possession was only 53%/47% in favor of the English, and though they had ten corner kicks to the Algerians' three, they managed to score on precisely zero.

"Nice to see your own fans booing you," striker Wayne Rooney was heard to have said while walking off of the pitch after the 90th minute to the sound of frantic boos by the England supporters.

Capello did not look happy on the touchline either at half time or at full time, knowing that it's quite possible that his job depends on how the England team does in the World Cup.

The Algeria players and fans should be thrilled at getting a point in the group and keeping their knockout stage hopes alive, even though they haven't scored any goals in the competition so far. Of course, they would need to beat the USA in their next match and hope that Slovenia either beats or draws England.

England will still advance if they beat Slovenia. With the way the Slovenian team is playing compared to how lackluster England's showings have been, this may be a much harder game for England than they expect. England can also advance in the event of a draw if the USA draws Slovenia and England outscores the US in the group.

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Of course, if England fails to beat Slovenia, which is a distinct possibility, it will not be a fun plane ride home to England for their own funerals.

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