A win in this clash would see England qualify for the knockout phase. But if the US loses, they could struggle.
Who: England v USA, Group B
Where: Ar Bait Stadium
when: Friday, November 25, 10:00 PM (19:00 GMT)
Ranking: England (5), USA (16)
thanks to them 6-2 victory Having beaten Iran, England are confident going into Friday’s match against the United States and are confident that another win will secure them a place in the knockout phase of the World Cup.
The Gareth Southgate-led team looks to build on Monday’s promising performance, with captain and star striker Harry Kane, 29, recovering from an ankle injury he picked up at the Three Lions. Boosted by news that Kane is expected to be fit to play.’ Opening fixture.
Expect an assist from Kane Saka BukayoHe scored two goals against Iran.
The USA are looking for an improved performance after an initially hopeful start to Monday’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Wales. Gareth Bale late penalty Cancel Timothy Ware’s 36 minute opener.
‘Captain America’ Christian Pulisic, who will move to Chelsea in the English Premier League, is again lead the side head on. Several other members of the team are also Premier League regulars.
But on both sides of the Atlantic and within the confines of the Arbeit Stadium, familiarity means nothing. There, the so-called “special relationship” between the two countries was suspended for 90 minutes, as the two countries battled for supremacy.
England’s definite favorite
England are expected to be top of the table and have failed to win six games in a row following a fall in pre-tournament results, but their opening victory marks a dramatic return to form.
Southgate’s decision to adopt a more attacking 4-3-3 formation was a departure from their previously favored 3-5-2 system, with the trio of Bellingham, Declan Rice and Mason Mount in midfield showing dynamism and richness. creativity.
Other positives for the team were winger Raheem Sterling, who was under pressure to join the World Cup following a string of sluggish plays by Chelsea, capped off a lively play with a 46th-minute goal. Substitutes Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford also found the net in the closing stages.
After the game, however, alarm bells were sounded by Southgate and several of his players for a fundamental defensive blunder that allowed Iran to beat goalkeeper Jordan Pickford twice.
They know that the United States has the qualifications to capitalize on the repetition of these mistakes, and will likely offer greater resistance behind the scenes than the Iranians can muster.
But the pressure is overwhelmingly on the players of US coach Greg Berhalter. Friday’s loss means they need to win their last game against Iran to keep their chances of passing through the group stage.