England vs. USA: Having overcome Iran 6-2 in their last match, England will enter Friday’s match against the USA brimming with confidence, knowing that another victory will ensure their progression to the knockout stages of the World Cup.
As a result of Monday’s promising performance, Gareth Southgate’s squad will be looking to build on that, and the news is that Harry Kane, the three Lions’ captain and star striker, is expected to be fit for the match after recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the opening match of their campaign.
It is expected that Kane will be assisted by Bukayo Saka, a midfielder who scored twice against Iran, as well as Jude Bellingham, a 19-year-old midfielder who scored his first international goal in England’s opener against Cyprus.
A disappointing 1-1 draw between the USA and Wales on Monday saw Gareth Bale’s second-half penalty cancel out Timothy Weah’s 36th-minute opener as an initial promising start for them gave way to a disappointing 1-1 draw, with Timothy Weah’s 36th-minute opener being cancelled by Bale’s penalty in the second half.
Christian Pulisic, known as “Captain America” in the United States, will take center stage once again for this FIFA World Cup squad, who will be led by Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic. The squad consists of several other Premier League regulars as well as several other overseas players.
It will, however, be the familiarity between the two nations that will make no difference on this side of the Atlantic as well as on the pitch as the two countries battle for supremacy over 90 minutes in the Al Bayt Stadium, without which the so-called “special relationship” between the two nations will come to a standstill.
England Vs USA Match Preview
As the USA went into the World Cup with a young squad, they were able to show their skills in their first game of the tournament. It was a good effort from the Stars and Stripes against Wales this week, but they were only able to draw 1-1 as a result.
The 6-2 victory England achieved against Iran made them one of the favorites to win the World Cup, and they should be able to top their group. To guarantee a place in the knockout stages, the Three Lions will have to be at their best against a strong USA team.
England Vs USA Pre Match Insights
- This is the third time England and the United States have met at the FIFA World Cup, with the United States winning 1-0 in 1950 and drawing 1-1 in 2010.
Eight out of 11 meetings between England and USA have been won by England (D1 L2). Since then, they have won four and drawn one of their meetings with them. Their last defeat against them was in June 1993 (0-2).
- During a friendly match in November 2018, England beat the USA 3-0. The Three Lions’ only goals came from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson.
Since a 1-0 victory over Argentina at the 1994 World Cup, the USA has not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 18 World Cup matches against European nations (32 goals conceded).In 1950, the United States defeated the United Kingdom
England vs. USA Prediction
Against Iran, England showed their depth at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as they have named one of the best squads at the tournament. In this game, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka will look for goals after showing impressive form on the day.
It is no secret that the USA can pack a punch on their day, and they have troubled England at the World Cup in the past. Currently, England holds the upper hand and is the better team. Three Lions are expected to secure all three points.
England possible starting lineup:
- Jordan Pickford
- Kieran Trippier
- John Stones
- Harry Maguire
- Luke Shaw
- Declan Rice
- Jude Bellingham
- Harry Kane
- Raheem Sterling
- Mason Mount
USA possible starting lineup:
- Michael Turner
- Sergino Dest
- Christoph Zimmermann
- Tim Ream
- A. Robinson