Guedioura admits England fear
Algeria midfielder Adlene Guedioura admits he and his international team-mates fear England.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 29/05/10 4:44pm
Algeria midfielder Adlene Guedioura admits he and his international team-mates fear England's entire squad ahead of the World Cup.
The two nations meet at this summer's finals in South Africa on 18th June and Guedioura was part of the Algeria side comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Republic of Ireland on Friday.
The manner of Ireland's friendly win suggests England have enough firepower to overcome the Algerians on the big stage, and Guedioura admits their task is daunting.
When asked which England player Algeria feared most the 24-year-old replied: "Every player - and [boss Fabio] Capello too.
"Every player is one of the best players in the world and the coach of England is special too, so we need to be focused for this match.
"We need to work step by step, and after to be focused on the first game. After that, we will see if we can beat England."
Algeria open their campaign against Slovenia and Guedioura is hopeful they can get points on the board before they take on the English and USA in Group C.
He said: "We need to prepare for the first match first, but then afterwards against England, yes, it will be special because I play in England and I know every player in the England team.
"It will be difficult for us, but we must prepare ourselves well because it is a difficult game.
"We have a lot of good players in the Algeria team and in the World Cup, you have a big, big motivation. It's a special occasion.
"You don't know in football. I hope we can do very well against England and every other team, especially in the first game."
"It's the World Cup, it's a competition and we don't know what is going to happen.
"But we know England is a special team, we know USA is a good team, Slovenia too. We need to see if we can do something against them.
"We don't really have stars in the team, but we have many, many good players, very technical, very good and they play for clubs in Europe, so that's why I think we can do something in this World Cup."
Guedioura is keen to put the defeat to Ireland in the RDS Arena behind him and has already turned his attention to their next friendly against UAE on 5th June.
He said: "We need to keep working. We have another match against the United Arab Emirates and we have to forget this match and move forward to prepare for the World Cup."