Koren’s strike increase’s England’s World Cup worries
Robert Koren’s late strike for Slovenia will have gone down like a vuvuzela at a funeral with Algerian fans, but it should worry England fans as well.
It’s doubtful the strike is the greatest goal the former West Brom man will ever score – his 20-yard shot went through keeper Faouzi Chaouchi with embarrassing ease.
However, despite the scrappy nature of the strike it guaranteed all three points for Koren’s side and it’s this that should give those backing England and their World cup 2010 favourite odds plenty to think about.
Slovenia now top Group C with the USA and England tied on a point a piece. This makes things considerably tighter than Fabio Capello would have liked and any further slips by his side could be punished in the worst possible way.
England face Algeria on Friday night and if they fail to pick up all three points they are likely to go into the final group games in third. A draw between Slovenia and USA in the mid-afternoon kick off would help their cause, but having slipped once the Three Lions can’t afford to rely on others to help them out.
Realistically, Capello’s men probably need another four points to get out of the group and six more to guarantee top spot. However, finishing second would be far from ideal as it seems likely a tricky tie against an impressive looking Germany would await them in the last 16.
Much like the Argentina world cup betting odds after their opening game, Germany are now being backed by many after their 4-0 demolition of Australia.
The USA were always going to be England’s toughest opponents and facing them in the opening game wasn’t ideal for a Three Lion’s side who are notoriously slow starters at major tournaments.
However, both Slovenia and Algeria should easily be brushed aside by any team with serious aspirations of winning the World Cup and England need to stamp their authority on things.
Hopefully, come Friday night, the side will be able to settle a few nerves with a convincing win.