England cook book their place in the last-16 of the World Cup with a game to spare as they face the USA tonight. The opening 6-2 win over Iran got the Three Lions off to a flying start, the manner of that victory raising hopes that Gareth Southgate’s side could be set for a deep run in Qatar.
There have been concerns over Harry Kane’s fitness since then, after he picked up a foot injury in the match, but Southgate has insisted the England captain is raring to go and he is expected to lead the line tonight. Harry Maguire is also set to overcome any illness issues he had.
It’s set to be a significantly more difficult test for England, with the USA likely to bring a high-tempo style of play. Should the Americans lose tonight, it will all come down to their final group-stage match with Iran for a place in the knockout stages. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!
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Evening Standard prediction
The Americans will prove a tougher test than Iran four days’ earlier and Southgate will make sure England do not get ahead of themselves after scoring six for just the second ever time at a World Cup.
Iran proved England can be got at, and USA certainly did as much against Wales, but the Three Lions’ extra quality should shine through.
England to win, 3-1.
USA team news
For the United States, both Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah were forced off against Wales but are expected to be fit to start this evening.
So it should be a case of as you were for Gregg Berhalter, much like his counterpart Southgate. Giovanni Reyna may have something to say about that after failing to get off the bench on Monday.
Leeds’ Brenden Aaronson came off the bench and will be hoping to start, with no other known injury concerns for the USA.
Predicted USA XI: Turner; Dest, Zimmerman, Ream, A. Robinson; McKennie, Adams, Musah; Weah, Sargent, Pulisic
England team news
Harry Kane will be fit for Friday’s clash, after Gareth Southgate put an end to fears that a foot injury could rule the England captain out.
“Harry is good,” the Three Lions boss said on Thursday. “It would be a brave decision to leave him out of the starting lineup.”
Harry Maguire has allayed concerns over illness after being forced off on Monday, confirming he is fit and available. Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling were on the scoresheet against Iran and deserve to keep their places.
Kyle Walker is also in contention, but England are expected to name an unchanged team.
Predicted England XI: Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Bellingham, Rice, Mount; Saka, Kane, Sterling.
How to watch England vs USA
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised free-to-air and live on ITV1, with coverage beginning at 6.05pm.
Live stream: The ITV Hub will broadcast the match live online.
Live blog: You can follow all the action right here, with expert analysis from Dan Kilpatrick and Nizaar Kinsella at the game.
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE blog of England vs USA!
The Three Lions continue their World Cup campaign, having got it off to a flying start against Iran. That 6-2 win has certainly got the excitement levels going…
Likely a much tougher test tonight though, up against a USA side full of energy. Will be see a similarly positive display from England?
We’ll have all the latest updates, build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 7pm GMT from the Al Bayt Stadium.
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