England didn't play as badly; they were far, far worse. Algeria had to beat Egypt in a play-off match to even qualify for the World Cup. Today, they held the mighty English to a nil-all draw in possibly the worst match of the World Cup to date. England now sits third in Group C, level on points with the USA, but with two fewer goals scored. Slovenia, England's next opponent leads the group, and needs only a draw to qualify, whilst the USA plays Algeria in the last round.
Can England regroup and do the business against Slovenia? Of course they can, but on the basis of what we've seen to date, we wouldn't bet the house on it. We suspect that it's all going to end in tears.
UPDATE: From the BBC website:
England's World Cup hopes hang in the balance as they were held to a disappointing draw by Algeria after a wretched display in Cape Town.
Fabio Capello's side now need to beat Slovenia on Wednesday to ensure qualification to the knockout stages.
England felt the full force of the fury of the thousands of fans who flooded Cape Town in the vain hope of seeing a performance that improved on their first draw against the United States in Rustenburg.
Instead, they were rewarded with a performance that was the worst of Capello's reign, with Algeria fully deserving the point they celebrated with such elation at the final whistle.