England vs USA preview

Following their comfortable 6-2 win over Iran on Monday, the Three Lions will be looking to pick up their second victory of the FIFA World Cup against the USA.

The overview

England were impressive in their win over Iran and they caused the Iranian defence many problems in the final third. The USA, manged by Gregg Berhalter, will be confident following a good showing against Wales on Monday evening in which they drew 1-1. But will England get their second win of the tournament?

The opposition

They have a host of players who are regulars for Premier League sides and they were last at a World Cup in 2014 when they reached the round of 16. It is a youthful side who have an exciting frontline but they struggled to find consistency in qualifying. Berhalter has been manager since 2018 following spells with Columbus Crew and Swedish side Hammarby IF.

Ones to watch

Timothy Weah, son of 1995 Ballon d’Or winner George Weah, scored the USA’s only goal against Wales and he has scored two in his last four appearances in all competitions for USA. Tyler Adams has impressed at Leeds United following his summer move from RB Leipzig having played in all but one Premier League game so far this season.

Team news

Harry Kane’s injury against Iran is not as serious as first feared and Harry Maguire has recovered from illness after coming off on Monday. Kyle Walker is back in contention following a groin problem but James Maddison is unlikely to feature.

The stats

The last time these two sides met was in 2018 when England won 3-0 in a friendly match to celebrate the Wayne Rooney Foundation – it will be the third meeting at a World Cup. USA haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 18 World Cup matches against European opposition – boding well for Gareth Southgate’s threatful attack.

Predicted line-ups

England: Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Bellingham, Mount, Saka, Kane, Sterling

USA: Turner, Yedlin, Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson, Adams, McKennie, Musah, Weah, Sargeant, Pulisic

Match information

Kick off: 19:00 GMT

Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium

How to watch: ITV1 (Coverage starting 18:05 GMT)

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