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World Cup 2022: England vs USA Match Preview | football news

If England wins this match then it will qualify for the knockout stage. But a loss for the US could leave them struggling.

Who: England vs USA, Group B

Where: Al Bait Stadium

When: Friday, 25 November at 10PM (19:00 GMT)

Ranking: England (5), USA (16)

excited by them sparkling 6-2 win As for Iran, England will head into Friday’s match against the United States full of confidence knowing another win will secure their progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s team will be looking to build on Monday’s impressive performance and are buoyed by news that captain and star striker Harry Kane is expected to be fit after the 29-year-old recovered from an ankle injury suffered at the Three Lions’ opening fixture.

Expect Ken to assist Bukayo Sakawho scored twice in the win against Iran, and 19-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham, who scored his first international goal in England’s opening game.

For their part, the USA will be seeking an improved performance after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Wales on Monday after an early promising start. Gareth Bale’s second half penalty To cancel out Timothy Weah’s 36th-minute opener.

“Captain America” ​​Christian Pulisic to play for Chelsea in England’s Premier League again lead the party From front. Several other members of the squad are also Premier League regulars.

But familiarity will not count on both sides of the Atlantic and inside the confines of Al Bayt Stadium, where the so-called “special relationship” between the two nations will be put on pause for 90 minutes as they battle for supremacy. pitch.

Gareth Bale of Wales in action with Christian Pulisic of America
Christian Pulisic will be key to America’s hopes of pulling off an upset against England [John Sibley/Reuters]

england clear favorite

England are expected to come out on top, having demonstrated a dramatic comeback with their opening win after a pre-tournament slump in results saw them go six games without a win.

With the midfield trio of Bellingham, Declan Rice and Mason Mount, Southgate’s decision to opt for a more attack-minded 4–3–3 formation – a switch away from his pre-favourite 3–5–2 system – paid dividends. Is. Creativity galore.

Other positives for the side saw winger Raheem Sterling, who was under pressure coming into the World Cup after a lame display for Chelsea, cap off a lively display with a 46th-minute goal. Substitutes Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford also found the back of the net late on.

However, alarm bells were raised after the match over basic defensive lapses by Southgate and several of his players, which saw Iran beat goalkeeper Jordan Pickford twice.

They know that the United States has the ability to capitalize on any repetition of those errors and is also likely to offer more deterrence than the Iranians have behind them.

But US coach Greg Berhalter is under a lot of pressure on his players. A defeat on Friday would require them to win their last game – against Iran – to have any chance of progressing beyond the group stage.

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