Algeria defender Madjid Bougherra believes all the pressure is on England ahead of their Group C encounter in Cape Town on Friday. Bougherra's side lie bottom of the pool having lost their opening match 1-0 to Slovenia yesterday, but the 27-year-old is comforted by the fact they are only one point behind Fabio Capello's side.

And, as England were the favourites to top the group at the outset, the Rangers centre-back reckons they are the ones with more to worry about ahead of the clash at the Green Point Stadium.

"England are a big player with a good mentality and a lot of experience," said Bougherra, one of the more experienced players from a nation playing in the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

It is our (the players') first World Cup so we have nothing to lose. We are not just thinking about the World Cup but also about the future.

Madjid Bougherra, Algeria defender

"It is our (the players') first World Cup so we have nothing to lose. We are not just thinking about the World Cup but also about the future. We will do our best to portray a good image of Algeria. We have a good spirit and have nothing to lose."

Bougherra expects Capello's side to improve after a stuttering start in the 1-1 draw with the USA on Saturday. "It was a strong game between England and the USA. Both teams played hard with a good spirit," he added.

"There was frustration for England and also for the USA, but it was a good result because it gives us a chance as England and the USA have just one point. England are the favourites but big teams usually start slowly and finish high. I expect England to get better."