Jamie Carragher has offered one reason for England's World Cup woe - his own return to the squad.
Liverpool defender jokes his return to blame for stuttering start
Jamie Carragher has offered one reason for England's World Cup woe - his own return from international exile.
The Liverpool veteran had last played for England in June 2007 but was lured out of international retirement by Fabio Capello amid injury concerns in defence.
Carragher replaced Ledley King at half-time in the Group C opener against the USA, when the Three Lions had to settle for a 1-1 draw before turning in a dismal display against Algeria.
A 0-0 draw on Friday means England, among the pre-tournament favourites, must now beat Slovenia to be sure of just reaching the second round.
Carragher is suspended for the game having picked up a second booking against Algeria, but the 32-year-old joked that could be a blessing following England's stuttering start.
All to play for
"It's very difficult to put your finger on," he said.
"We did really well in qualifying so I think maybe I'm the problem coming back!
"They seemed to be fine when I was watching the qualifying. It's just not happening at the moment.
"Obviously we have a chance to put it right after two disappointing results and two disappointing performances. There's still all to play for."
England face Slovenia in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday and a point would be enough for the surprise group leaders to book their place in the last 16 having beaten Algeria 1-0 before drawing 2-2 with the USA.