After the disappointment of a narrow 1-0 defeat against Slovenia in their opening Group C encounter at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Algeria fans are pinning their hopes on Les Fennecs pulling off a shock win over England – themselves held to a 1-1 draw by the United States.
Given a short morale-boosting break by coach Rabah Saadane after the Slovenia match, and with Algerian supporters travelling in numbers to Cape Town to offer their support, the Desert Foxes know a big performance is vital in Friday's game. What is more, they can also call on insider information from Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Adlane Guedioura, who generously took the time to speak to FIFAahead of the game in the Green Point Stadium.
FIFA: Adlane, how was the mood in the camp after the defeat against Slovenia and what are the players expecting from the England game?Adlane Guedioura:I think we played well but unfortunately the result didn't go our way. We've now got two big matches ahead of us and we need to give it everything we've got to get good results against England and USA.
As a player who has only recently broken into the squad, how have you settled in?I think I've gelled quite well with the team, thanks to the help of the players and coaching staff. We all consider ourselves to be one big family which makes fitting in easy. And of course we all have the same aim: to do well in the World Cup.
What does it mean to you to be making your FIFA World Cup bow here in South Africa?It's a great honour, as you know there are hundreds of children around the world watching the World Cup and they all want to be here. We're very privileged to be here and it's a great honour to be part of this world event.
As you play your club football in England, which player are you most looking forward to coming up against in Friday's match against the Three Lions?I think England have a number of great players and a fantastic coach but we'll give it our all on Friday. Out on the pitch it comes down to 11 versus 11, so we'll go out and play without thinking of the permutations and the expectations on us. We fully intend to be positive and play without fear.