U.S. team arrives in South Africa


Midfielder Steven Gerrard has played down suggestions that he will go to the World Cup carrying an injury after sitting out two training sessions in Austria last week and hurting his knee against Japan in Graz on Sunday.

"It will not be a problem," Gerrard told reporters. "It's OK and will be alright."

John Terry fell awkwardly during England's tepid 2-1 win and grimaced in pain for a few moments afterwards, but manager Fabio Capello's only real concern is whether midfielder Gareth Barry will be fit as he battles to overcome an ankle injury.


Bob Bradley's team flew to South Africa on Sunday, a day after beating Turkey 2-1 in their second home warm-up match and boosted by the return to fitness of defenders Oguchi Onyewu and Carlos Bocanegra.

Onyewu, returning from seven months out following knee surgery, played the second half against Turkey having featured in the opening 65 minutes in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic and said: "I feel fine. Obviously, I'm taking things a step at a time without being stupid."

Bocanegra, who underwent hernia surgery toward the end of the European season, also said he was "absolutely fine" after featuring in the second half against Turkey. If fully fit, skipper Bocanegra will likely start at left-back with Onyewu partnering Jay DeMerit in the center of defense.


Algeria assembled on Monday for the final stage of their preparations, moving from the Swiss mountains to southern Germany as they fine tune their side for their opener against Slovenia in Polokwane on June 13.

Algeria are to spend the next week at a training camp in Nuremburg and also play a friendly against the United Arab Emirates.

The Algerians lost 3-0 in Dublin to Ireland in their last warm-up game on Friday, a third successive high-scoring loss for the team. They had spent the preceding week training at Crans-Montana in Switzerland.


Ljubijankic, who came on as a substitute for fellow striker Zlatko Dedic, netted either side of a Robert Koren goal as a makeshift Slovenian side looked sluggish in the opening 70 minutes.

Slovenia take on New Zealand on home soil in Maribor on Thursday before leaving for their World Cup base in Johannesburg. (Reporting by Mike Collett, Simon Evans, Mark Gleeson and Zoran Milosavljevic)

(Editing by Mike Collett)