Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek admitted there was a sense of sadness among his players to have let slip a glorious chance to reach the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup™ against USA

Kek and co were 2-0 up at half-time against the US at Ellis Park and within touching distance of a first appearance in the knockout phase, but an early second-half goal from Landon Donovan and one with eight minutes to go from Michael Bradley levelled the game.

Indeed, the Americans felt hard done by not to have won, with Maurice Edu's goal ruled out late on for a mystery foul.

There is some aftertaste of expectations not having been met.

Matjaz Kek, Slovenia coach.

Slovenia must regroup after a thrilling and draining contest to take on England, who will need to win the game in Port Elizabeth to be sure of reaching the last 16 after a goalless draw with Algeria last night.

Kek said: "I am really proud of my squad but yes, there is some aftertaste of expectations not having been met.

"We were ahead of the US and we didn't overcome this pressure. There is pride and enthusiasm and maybe just a bit of disillusionment. This is a match we will learn from.

"We are not considering our match against England at this point, my priority is to have my squad recovered, they have expended a lot of energy. We need to recover and then we will talk about England. It's very clear what we will be up against."