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2022 World Cup Preview: England vs USA

England take on the United States in their second group match on Friday, November 25 at 19:00GMT at the Al Bayt Stadium.

The Stars and Stripes of USA will be seeking their first win having dropped points in the dying embers of their opening match against Wales. It was the Americans who first struck in the first half when Wales showed less ambition, however, Gregg Berhalter’s men couldn’t hold on to the lead as Gareth Bale won and converted a penalty for the Dragons

England will be coming into this game, knowing that a win guarantees them a place in the last 16 after thumping their Iranian counterparts 6-2 in their first 2022 World Cup game. There were goals for teenage sensation Jude Bellingham and Rahim Sterling as well as a brace for Bukayo Saka. Marcus Rashford also got his name on the score sheet despite starting from the bench before Jack Grealish cemented the victory for the 1966 champions. Medhi Taremi however got a brace on the day to reduce the margin for Team Meli.

USA will need to at least replicate their first-half dominance against Wales in this crucial fixture if they have any rational ambition of making it past the group phase.

FORM GUIDE (LAST FIVE MATCHES)

After six matches, the Three Lions got their first win and their first time scoring 5+ goals in a game after a year when they humiliated San Marino with 10 unanswered goals. USA have just two wins and three draws in their last five matches.

ENGLAND’S FORM

21 November 2022         England       6-2      Iran               World Cup 2022 Group B

26 September 2022         England      3–3     Germany         UEFA Nations League A

23 September 2022         Italy          1–0      England          UEFA Nations League A

14 June 2022                  England     0–4      Hungary        UEFA Nations League A

11 June 2022                 England      0–0      Italy              UEFA Nations League A

 

USA’S FORM

21 November 22           USA               1-1        Wales                  2022 World Cup Group B

27 September 22         Saudi Arabia    0–0         United States      Friendly

23 September 22         Japan              2–0        United States       Friendly

14 June 22                 El Salvador       1–1       United States        Nations League GS

10 June 22                 United States    5–0        Grenada              Nations League GS

 

 

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met eleven times. England have won seven against USA’s three with a single draw. At the World Cup, England have played USA twice. First in 1950 and then in 2010. The Americans won 1-0  in 1950 while the encounter in 2010 ended in a 1-1 draw.

 

29 Jun 1950          USA            1-0          England                        FIFA World Cup

08 Jun 1953          USA            3-6          England                        International Friendly

28 May 1959         USA            1-8          England                        International Friendly

27 May 1964         USA           0-10           England                      International Friendly

16 Jun 1985          USA            0-5             England                     International Friendly

09 Jun 1993          USA            2-0             England                      US Cup

07 Sep 1994         England      2-0            USA                              International Friendly

28 May 2005        USA            1-2             England                       International Friendly

28 May 2008        England      2-0            USA                              International Friendly

12 Jun 2010          England      1-1            USA                             FIFA World Cup

15 Nov 2018         England       3-0            USA                            International Friendly

 

 

TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

Kyle Walker and James Maddison are still doubtful to be in contention while Maguire and Kane seem to be okay to start the game. The previous lineup for the Iran clash may not be changed with Sterling and Saka on the wings as Mason Mount plays in front of Rice and Bellingham behind Harry Kane.

PREDICTED LINEUP

(4-2-3-1): Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Bellingham; Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane

 

USA

McKennie and Musah should be fine to start the game despite being subbed off following knocks in the Wales match. The three England based attackers, Pulisic,  and Joshua Sargeant are likely to lead the attack with Timothy Weah for the Stars and Stripes

PREDICTED LINEUP

(4-3-3): Turner; Dest, Zimmerman, Ream, A. Robinson; McKennie, Adams, Musah; Weah, Sargent, Pulisic

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