England midfielder Gareth Barry admits the team have no excuses for another poor performance at the World Cup.
The Three Lions were booed off the pitch on Friday night as they followed up the 1-1 draw against the United States with a goalless draw with Algeria.
But while some are blaming the weight of expectation on the team, made third favourites by bookmakers ahead of the tournament, Barry insists it is no reason for another abject showing.
“I don’t think it is right for us to use the excuse of the weight of expectation,” he told FIFA.com.
“Every World Cup, every team here is under pressure because the whole nation is depending on them to do well. So we’re not using that as an excuse.”
The players were booed off the pitch by supporters and Wayne Rooney vented his frustration to a television camera, hitting out at the jeers.
But Barry admits the travelling fans had a right to boo, saying: “I can understand why the fans booed.
“They’ve travelled a long way and spent a lot of money to stay here so they expect a better performance. So hopefully we can give them a positive result on Wednesday.”
The Manchester City player knows the team must now deliver against Slovenia or face an early flight home.
“We know we’re good enough to beat them, but it’s a tough ask and we need to go out there and perform.
“We know we need to play better. The chance is there on Wednesday which is a good thing because it’s just around the corner. We need to improve and we’re capable of doing that.
“It’s just like the second round already because it’s effectively a knockout game, but we need to win the game in 90 minutes.”
England are 1/2 with SkyBet, Boylesports, totesport and Betfred to beat the Slovenians, who know a draw (10/3 Victor Chandler, Coral) will put them into the last 16. A Slovenia win is 7/1 (Bet365, William Hill).