England and USA clash in Group B of the World Cup in a huge game with so many twists and turns, and Gregg Berhalter’s young side are in for an upset.
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So many narratives emerge whenever the US and England meet, and it will be no different.
All is not lost after the 1-1 draw against Wales in the World Cup opener. Still, it was a disappointing result after dominating the first half and USA need at least a point against England to go into their final group game against Iran and have a good chance of reaching the last 16.
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As for England, Gareth Southgate’s side dominated the 6-2 win over Iran to open the Group B season and they are looking to secure their place in the last 16 as soon as possible. Their defenses looked a bit shaky against Iran, so let’s see if the USMNT can uncover any weaknesses.
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Here’s everything you need for England vs. USA.
How to watch England vs USA live, stream link and start time
kicking off: 2 p.m. ET – Friday, November 25
Stadion: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels in Español: Telemundo
Streaming in Spanish: peacock (all 64 games)
Major storylines, players to watch closely
Berhalter is under pressure to start the likes of Brenden Aaronson and Gio Reyna (who didn’t feature at all against Wales despite being 100 per cent fit) as the USMNT need to do more with winning the ball high up on the pitch. They did that again and again against Wales and should have been a couple of goals up before the Welsh made a tactical change that Berhalter didn’t react to well. Getting Christian Pulisic and Tim Weah to come together in the final third will be crucial and USA will need to hold the ball better than they did against Wales if they are to get anything out of this game. However, USA defeated England at the 1950 World Cup in one of the biggest shocks in history, and they drew 1-1 in 2010, the last time they met at that tournament. Gregg Berhalter has confirmed McKennie and Dest are both “okay” and that Reyna’s miss against Wales was a “coaching decision” and he is available for one game against England.
The Three Lions were irresistible in attack against Iran and Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane were such a good match. However, there were concerns about an injury surrounding Kane as he had a scan on an ankle prior to this clash, but he is playable. Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice excelled in central midfield but England looked a bit shaky at center back in the second half. The fact that England were able to get Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford off the bench in attack is a testament to the strength of their squad. Harry Maguire is also fit, as is Kyle Walker after missing the last few months through injury.
England vs. USA head to head
- This is the 12th all-time meeting between the USA and England. USA are 2-8-1 overall (WLD)
- It is the third meeting of these teams at the FIFA World Cup
- USA achieved a famous victory in 1950, drawing against England in the group stage of the 2010 World Cup
Gareth Southgate confirms Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of USA
“Harry is fine. He’s been working a bit apart from the group but all good for Friday night,” Southgate said. “He had a scan [on Wednesday] to make sure everything is ok.”
“We have to make sure we’re back in the psychological place we were at the start because States are going to be an athletic team, pressing really well, organized and well trained. They have some players that we know from the Premier League and they showed their best side against Wales in the first half,” added Southgate.
Gregg Berhalter on Southgate, Premier League power, Golden Generation Day
USMNT’s presser for Day 1 is on. Berhalter on his friendship with Southgate: “When he first took over it was a very similar position to ours, he was trying to reshape the team’s identity, refocus, work with a younger player…. his record at tournaments was outstanding.”
— Charles Böhm (@cboehm) November 24, 2022
“Every Saturday morning Americans watch the league and then they watch all the fan festivals, it’s an incredible league. We are really proud that our players play there. For me, it’s similarly dominant to the NFL,” added Berhalter.
Gregg Berhalter on Golden Generation Day for #USMNT
“I think that’s still open. We haven’t achieved anything on the world stage. We’re just not there yet. We need this World Cup to establish ourselves. We’re a bit ahead of ourselves.”#FIFA World Cup #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/dKSVCyaBu1
— Glenn Crooks (@GlennCrooks) November 24, 2022
England quick facts
Current FIFA World Ranking: 5th
World title: 1 (1966)
World Cup participations: 15
How they qualified: Automatically qualified by UEFA
Trainer: Gareth Southgate
Key Players: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Pickford
USA quick facts
Current FIFA World Ranking: 16
World title: 0
World Cup participations: 9th
How they qualified: Automatically qualified by CONCACAF (3rd place)
Trainer: Gregg Berhalter
Key players: Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams