I've never understood the "weak group" rationale regarding 2010.
Our group opponents were:
- Perenially seeded England
- Slovenia, ranked 25th, who finished second place while allowing only four goals in a decent (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Poland) UEFA qualifying group, THEN beat a good Russia team home and away to qualify
- Algeria, who scored the most points in African qualifying, winning a group that included (at that time) the winner of the prior 3 African Cup of Nations, Egypt.
There's no flashy names in that group, but every team was very good, and every team could have advanced. We did very well to win that group.
People act like we were in a group with Switzerland, New Zealand and North Korea, and nothing could be further from the truth.