CAPE TOWN (AFP) England are in a combative mood ahead of their must-win World Cup encounter with Algeria on Friday, with the return of Gareth Barry a boost to their confidence. Fabio Capellos superstar team go into the Group C game in Cape Town under far more pressure than they would want after Robert Greens howler gifted the United States a point in their opening match. Whether the West Ham goalkeeper retains his place remains to be seen, with David James and Joe Hart gnashing at the bit in the wings. Capello is definitely without Ledley King who has a groin strain, meaning Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is expected to start alongside John Terry, although Matthew Upson is another option. In a boost, Barry will play after an ankle injury kept him out of their opener, which would allow captain Steven Gerrard to return to a more offensive role. Gareth will play this Friday, Capello told BBC radio. He is okay, there is no problem. He has trained very well and he is fit. Barrys teammates have been stressing all week how much he contributes and his recovery will mean James Milner starts on the substitutes bench. The team has also been lifted with star striker Wayne Rooney and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole back in training after the duo were restricted to gym and pool work following knocks in the opening game. Rooney, for one, is fired up and put the boot into Englands critics. At the minute Ive not seen anyone we should be afraid of, he told reporters. Big things are expected of England and their opening performance drew flak, with Capellos selection of Green seeing his judgement seriously questioned for the first time since he became the countrys coach. They have also come under criticism from the legendary former Germany player and coach Franz Beckenbauer, who accused them of going backwards in their development and reverting to a basic kick and run style. Rooney, who plundered 33 goals for Manchester United last season, said the players were ignoring the criticism. That is his opinion and he is entitled to it. But we dont listen to what he has to say. We certainly dont play kick and rush and we dont take any notice of his comments, he said. Having failed to find the net in Germany four years ago, Rooney, who is set to partner Emile Heskey again, is still waiting for his first World Cup goal, but he denied he was under pressure. Not at all, he said. Weve got players in the team who can score goals. For us to do well, I need to play better than I did and to score goals. But I dont feel under extra pressure. If we win the next two games Ill be happy. Im not worried. If I dont score in the next game Ill just keep working until I do. Algeria, who have never faced England before, know that they too must win, having crashed 1-0 to Slovenia in their opening game. Their only injury doubt is goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi, who sprained his left knew in training on Tuesday. Captain Anther Yahia believes his side can cause problems. We have qualities which should shine through, said the 28-year-old. We are going to pose problems for the English. We will be more ambitious (than against Slovenia) and it is a role that suits us better. KEY TO MATCH Steven Gerrard v Karim Ziani It will interesting to see who wins the midfield battle. If Gareth Barry plays then Gerrard can assume a more offensive role, driving forward in support of Rooney and Heskey. His counterpart Ziani can also play this role effectively. He is the mainstay of the team and when in possession often chooses to dribble towards goal, and like Gerrard, is also highly capable of scoring.