England hoping to avoid another Black Wednesday
World Cup 2010: Port Elizabeth
It is Football Tuesday in South Africa. But all England fans can think about as they arrive in this faded seaside town is the prospect of Black Wednesday.
England supporters who have spent thousands of pounds travelling to South Africa are angry about the way their team have played so far at this World Cup.
Faced with the prospect of becoming the first England team since 1958 not to make it beyond the group stages, it is clear they want to see more effort and commitment from Fabio Capello's team against Slovenia on Wednesday.
On a Budget day in the United Kingdom which has once again brought into sharp focus the economic difficulties the nation still faces, many supporters I spoke to in Port Elizabeth felt England's highly paid players have lost touch with the fans.
John Terry's complaints about boredom at England's Royal Bafokeng training complex and Wayne Rooney's criticism of supporters who booed the team after the listless 0-0 draw with Algeria have played badly being perceived as arrogance.
"I wish I could get paid their money for sitting around a hotel all day and then playing the odd game of football," one supporter told me.
It is important to state that the amount of money paid to England players during international duty is not on the same scale as the sums they receive when they play for their clubs.
Although their teams are reimbursed by the Football Association from a central pool set aside by Fifa, the players receive a relatively small match fee - which they give to charity anyway - plus a share of commercial revenue generated during the World Cup.
But many fans still feel that the players' super-rich lifestyles make it harder for them to understand why the supporters are so unhappy with the way the team have performed here.
Port Elizabeth was founded in 1820 to house British settlers and will feel the most familiar of all the cities England have played in so far in South Africa.
With its colonial buildings, churches and seaside pier, it feels like it could be Hastings or Eastbourne rather than the Eastern Cape.
Come Wednesday afternoon, however, it could become the latest destination on England's World Cup tour of misery, joining Gelsenkirchen in 2006, Shizuoka in 2002 and St Etienne in 1998.
Capello's decision to publicly rebuke his former captain, Terry, over his remarks in Sunday's extraordinary press conference shows he is not a man for turning. Any hint of player dissent has been snuffed out by the Italian.
But his hardline approach has raised two worrying questions.
While he clearly couldn't be bounced into changing his ways by the players, did he need to risk alienating Terry by slapping him down so publicly, saying he had made a "big mistake"?
And was Terry reflecting wider concerns among all the players when he spoke out about boredom and a desire to see Joe Cole in the team?
He may have shown his players - and Terry in particular - who is boss. But what will that show of managerial might be worth if England are flying home on Thursday evening?