World Cup 2010 - England toil in turgid draw
England huffed and puffed for most of a forgettable 90 minutes, but toiled to break down a resolute Algerian defence.
England's best chance of the match fell to Frank Lampard on 32 minutes.
Carragher was booked in the second period for a foul on Hassan Yebda, and will be suspended for the match with Slovenia. After such an unconvincing outing, that may be no bad thing.
Algeria had gone down 1-0 to Slovenia in their opening game of the group and could not afford a similar outcome at the Green Point Stadium, but they hardly lacked confidence in the opening 20 minutes.
Karim Ziani's cross was almost deflected past James by Carragher on 17 minutes when a touch could easily have carried it beyond the England keeper.
Algeria continued in an offensive mood. The Rangers defender Majid Bougherra swung a ball in for Yebda on 22 minutes, but the returning Barry, one of England's few minor successes in the match, denied him space with a timely block.
England enjoyed a brief spell of domination before half-time. After Lampard blew his glorious chance, Barry tried his luck with his left foot from 20 yards, but it flew straight at the Algerian keeper, who coped adequately with most of England's somewhat predictable forays forward.
The second period was notable only for its lack of quality.
Algeria became camped in their own half playing on the counter attack, while England struggled despairingly with their lack of fluidity in the 4-4-2 formation.
Gerrard was free inside the box, but could not pick out a colleague on 55 minutes, while his header from Barry's corner was clasped by M'Bohli 20 minutes from time.
The sight of the towering Peter Crouch replacing Barry with six minutes remaining signalled England's desperation for a goal that would never come.
England were booed off the park at the full-time whistle as Rooney openly lamented the vocal criticism spewing out of the enormous stands.
It is seven matches since he scored in an official game for England, his longest drought since November 2005.
It perhaps summed up England's night, an evening that began in hope, but concluded shrouded in an air of hopelessness.
England v Algeria
1st Half Goals 0-0
Shots on Target 5-1
Shots off Target 6-5
Blocked Shots 4-7
Yellow Cards 1-1
Red Cards 0-0
Passing Success 82%-78.1%
Tackles Success 81%-92.3%
Territorial Advantage 51.8%-48.2%