World Cup 2010: England vs. Slovenia Live Stream [UPDATED]
England takes on Slovenia at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this afternoon, and the Three Lions badly need a win against the current Group C leaders to guarantee a spot in the knockout stages of a topsy-turvy World Cup.
The wet weather conditions in Port Elizabeth are being blamed for the deteriorating state of the playing surface, but that’s not an excuse. Fabio Capello’s men have been one of the major disappointments of the tournament so far. Two distressing stalemates against the USA and Algeria have left the team facing the very real prospect of elimination.
The pressure has weighed heavily on Manchester United hitman Wayne Rooney, who failed to score on both games. And the distinct managerial style of Capello seems to have had the opposite effect on this tournament. The Italian named an impressive squad for South Africa but they have so far failed to impress.
“I can certainly understand why the fans were angry after our last match,” England captain Steven Gerrard told reporters. “They pay good money to come here and there were big expectations for this tournament.”
The Liverpool playmaker acknowledges the Three Lions will be favorites against Slovenia, despite their deteriorating form, but feels the competition has proved nothing can be taken for granted.
The Slovenes, on the other hand, are nothing but smiles. Appearing in only their second-ever World Cup, they are on the brink of progressing to the last 16.
Football fans, can you feel the World Cup heat? Again, anything less than a victory today will leave England’s dreams of reaching the next round in serious doubt. I love the English team and I hope they can keep our hopes alive a little longer.
The game starts at 16:00 CET (10:00 a.m ET).
UPDATE: England beat Slovenia 1-0 to advance to the last 16 of the tournament, thanks to Jermain Defoe’s goal in the 23rd minute.