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World Cup 2010: Wayne Rooney jibe fires up Algeria

Extended highlights - Algeria 0-1 Slovenia

Wayne Rooney's confident prediction of an England win over Algeria in Friday's Group C match has sparked an angry reaction from the north Africans.

Rooney has suggested even an under-par England can beat Algeria in Cape Town.

"Rooney can say what he wants," said Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra. "It's his problem. We will play to win this game. We want to qualify as well."

Algeria prop up the group having lost their opening game 1-0 to Slovenia, while England drew 1-1 with the USA.

Although Algeria are ranked 30th in the world - 22 places below England - they demonstrated their capability with a play-off victory over arch rivals and African Nations champions Egypt last November to book their place in South Africa.

"Algeria always react when we are under pressure. You saw that in the play-off against Egypt," added Bougherra.

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Despite being a point better off than the north Africans, Algeria coach Rabah Saadane believes England will be the ones under the greater pressure, following their much-criticised display against the United States.

"England have their backs to the wall," suggested Saadane. "We have nothing to lose and have everything to win."

This was a theme echoed by the Desert Foxes' talented Sochaux midfielder Ryad Boudebouz, who said: "England are the team under pressure. They are the ones who claimed that they came here to win the World Cup."

Defender Nadir Belhadj, who plays in England for Portsmouth and was the only Algeria player Rooney claimed he was aware of, feels his side can capitalise on an England defence missing the injured Rio Ferdinand and Ledley King.

"The defence is one of England's weak points, it's easy to create chances against them," said Belhadj.

"As for strong points, I have to recognise that there are several. They have an excellent midfield and a phenomenal attack.

"But that doesn't mean we will just lie down. We will have our say in the outcome of the match."

On Wednesday, Manchester United striker Rooney expressed confidence that England would beat Algeria to move within touching distance of the last 16.

"Against Algeria we can not be at our best and win the game," said the 24-year-old.

When asked what he knew about England's opponents, Rooney replied: "Not much. Belhadj from Portsmouth, but I don't really know much more about them. I'm sure the manager will point out their strengths and weaknesses to us."

After Friday's match, both sides have one Group C game remaining, to be played on 23 June, with Algeria facing USA in Pretoria and England taking on Slovenia in Port Elizabeth.

Highlights - England 1-1 USA

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