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OUR DUB DRUBBING DOESN'T COUNT.

Byline: Tom Hopkinson

ALGERIA's Djamel Mesbah warned England not to read anything into his sides's 3-0 friendly drubbing by the Republic of Ireland.

England have a June 18 Group C date with Algeria, who were un ragged in Dublin on Friday night and beaten by a goal from Derby's Paul Green and two from Tottenham's Robbie Keane.

But Mesbah, who plays for French side Lecce, said: "We're not too concerned about the result, it was very hard for the team because of the number of players out injured.

"But by the time the England game comes round our players will be ready, so England should not read too much into this result.We will be ready when the time comes."

Algeria were without Rangers defender Majid Bougherra, who is recovering from a calf injury but insists he will be fit for June 18, and former Portsmouth loanee Hassan Yebda. Pompey defender Nadir Belhadj did play.

Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, meanwhile, reckons England will cruise past Algeria. He said: "They didn't create many chances or problems for us.

"I expect they will be a bit more up for it during the World Cup but, looking at their display, you wouldn't think they could trouble many top teams.

"They should be getting positive results ahead of the World Cup as it was an important warm-up game for them, while we were just playing the last game before our holidays.''

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 30, 2010
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