What is it about England? Hopeless against Algeria, brilliant today for 75 minutes. Then hanging on and hanging on with 15 to go, with an easy route to the semi-finals as the prize for the group winners. Then, and of course there's a then, the Americans score (and you just knew they would, or Slovenia would fluke an equalizer, or something), and we're playing Germany and Argentina, and there's a bit of sour in the sweet mix. It's a law of physics, of course, or if it's not we should name one. Anyone got any ideas?