Everything about England’s performance against Algeria was terrible. There was nothing to redeem it except for the fact that no goals were conceded and that David James looked competent.
The defence is a disaster waiting to happen. Admittedly, they have only conceded one goal in two games and that was a freak. But against a top attack, Glen Johnson will be taken apart, and any of the centrebacks who have played so far will be cruelly exposed.
The midfield is a disaster that has already happened. The wingers can’t run at anyone or cross the ball. Barry is clearly not yet match fit, though he intervened effectively as a third centreback. Lampard and Gerrard were completely ineffective, unable to service the strikers or control the midfield. Gerrard’s refusal to play where he was put left huge gaps, which Algeria exploited.
The strikers can’t score. They can’t even create chances. Rooney and Heskey increasingly went deeper and deeper to get the ball. It was a worrying reminder that apart from Crouch, none of the England strikers have scored in eight matches.