England 0-0 USA LIVE! World Cup 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

England 0-0 USA LIVE! World Cup 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

England vs USA LIVE!

A youthful United States side outplayed England in their World Cup Group B battle but were left to rue a flurry of missed chances and poor finishing in both halves after having to settle for a 0-0 draw at the Al Bayt Stadium.

England, unchanged from Monday’s 6-2 win over Iran, could have sealed their place in the knockout phase with a win but were careless in possession and struggled to dominate the Americans, who steadily grew in confidence.

Tim Weah set up Weston McKennie with a measured cross but the midfielder blazed his effort over before Christian Pulisic’s powerful strike beat goalkeeper Jordan Pickford but crashed off the crossbar in a lively first-half display from the Americans.

The closest England came to breaking the deadlock was on the stroke of halftime when USA goalkeeper Matt Turner denied Mason Mount, while captain Harry Kane endured a frustrating evening up front as Gareth Southgate’s side laboured to earn a share of the spoils.

England vs USA highlights

  • WOODWORK! Pulisic strike hits the bar

  • CHANCE! McKennie blazes over inside the box

England 0 - 0 United States

Thanks for joining us!

22:27 , Marc Mayo

Well, England are on the brink of qualifying for the last-16 after a draw with the USA but it was not a result to invigorate the fans with a long road to the final of this World Cup.

Join us tomorrow for another FOUR live matches on Standard Sport.

Recap tonight’s action with Dan’s analysis from Al Khor!

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Phil Foden snub disappoints pundits

22:14 , Marc Mayo

Gary Neville joined the criticism of Gareth Southgate for his refusal to bring Phil Foden off the bench.

He said: “For me that talent is huge - I’ve not seen anything like that. I know we’ve got Bellingham, we’ve got Grealish, we’ve got others, and Gareth prefers Mount, Saka and Sterling at the moment.

“But for me for Foden not to be in the starting XI, and to not come off the bench is interesting.”

Read the full story!

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Roy Keane unimpressed by darts antics

22:06 , Marc Mayo

Ian Wright and Gary Neville were left in stitches after Roy Keane displayed his curmudgeonly attitude to England stars playing darts before Friday night’s drab World Cup draw with the USA.

Read the full story!

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Maguire upbeat after draw

21:58 , Matt Verri

Keane not impressed!

21:51 , Matt Verri

England’s performance against the USA was dismantled as “terrible” by Roy Keane after Friday night’s World Cup draw.

Although the Three Lions players painted a positive picture of their stalemate in Al Khor, Keane, Ian Wright and Gary Neville were left thoroughly unimpressed.

“England did look leggy, they looked low on pace, short of ideas - even set-pieces you never felt they had a goal in their locker,” Keane told ITV.

“Actually, a terrible performance.”

Read his full comments here


Southgate explains decision to not bring Foden on

21:45 , Matt Verri

“We thought it was the right thing to keep the team from the start.

“And then the wide players we went with Jack and Marcus instead of Phil on the changes. We thought that Jack would keep the ball well for us and get us up the pitch.

“Marcus’ speed we thought would also be a threat coming into that last part of the game.”

Rice’s post-match thoughts...

21:30 , Matt Verri

Kane positive despite draw

21:22 , Matt Verri

Harry Kane remained upbeat on England’s World Cup hopes despite the momentum being stalled with a dull goalless draw against the USA.

He said: “No game is easy. People thought after our first performance we would landslide every team, but that’s not the case. It leaves us in a really good position.”

“We had some good spells, created some good positions, but we didn’t quite have the final product today. A great clean sheet that puts us in a great position in the group. We weren’t clinical.

Read his full comments

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England ratings

21:17 , Matt Verri

Bukayo Saka - 5

Saka was England’s most advanced forward over the 90 minutes and proved the biggest danger to the US through his direct dribbling and crossing. Shot over after Shaw’s skillful dribble.

Raheem Sterling - 4

The Chelsea forward came off in the 68th minute after producing very few attacking actions but did play in Mount for his shot late in the first half.

Read our full player ratings here

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Bogey side!

21:09 , Matt Verri

Once again England struggle against the USA at the World Cup.

This is a pretty good USA side you’d have to say, and they’re only going to get better building-up to a home World Cup in four years’ time.

They could be a real threat in 2026 the way things are going.

The most exciting moment in the match?

21:03 , Matt Verri

England still in good shape

21:00 , Matt Verri

England will be through to the last 16 if they avoid a four-goal defeat against Wales. Safe to say they’re favourites to do that.

They’ll want to win that match though and seal top spot- could be any of the Netherlands, Ecuador or Senegal in the next round.

Dan Kilpatrick at Al Bayt Stadium

20:57 , Matt Verri

England booed off at Al Bayt. The bigger picture is that England are still very well-placed to qualify in a result that mirrors their second game at the Euros (0-0 with Scotland).

Nonetheless, USA exposed a number of flaws in England & leaves Southgate with big questions.

FT: England 0-0 USA

20:52 , Matt Verri

Well that was dull. Very dull.

England with nothing really in attack, beyond the odd half-chance. USA the better side overall but they ran out of gas a bit in the final 20 minutes or so.

The Three Lions still well-placed to reach the last 16, but that was a concerning display.

20:50 , Matt Verri

90+3 mins: Grealish shoved over, free-kick and another chance for England to put it into the box.

ALMOST! Shaw swings it in, Kane gets up and powers the header wide. Doesn’t direct it at all.

20:48 , Matt Verri

90+1 mins: Four minutes added on and England have a corner. Could there be one more chance?

Not really. Maguire heads it down into the ground, the easiest of catches for Turner.

20:46 , Matt Verri

89 mins: Well Turner decides things have got too boring, and charges out of his goal with the ball. Outpaces Mount too to be fair to him.

Decides to eventually leave it to his team-mates to bring it forward. Moore found in space on the right, takes too long though and the cut-back is a poor one.

Nizaar Kinsella at Al Bayt Stadium

20:43 , Matt Verri

A classic case of Gareth Southgate ignoring the clamour with Phil Foden the clear fan favourite.

Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish have wrestled back control of the match and Marcus Rashford can be a threat if England find him.

20:42 , Matt Verri

85 mins: Decent delivery from Shaw, Maguire can’t get there though as Ream clears.

This has turned into a pretty poor match overall, even the USA have slowed down now. Probably won’t be much added-time either, even with the current trend...

20:41 , Matt Verri

84 mins: Grealish wins another foul, must be the third he’s already had since coming on. Says a lot about England’s attacking plans so far that they’re going to lump this into the box from about 50 yards out.

Up come the defenders...

20:38 , Matt Verri

81 mins: Henderson with a scream as Kane wins the ball back that was heard around the world.

Much quieter as Grealish then pokes it straight back to the USA. Will either side get one more big chance in the final ten minutes or so?

20:35 , Matt Verri

77 mins: More changes, for each side this time. Aaronson on for the USA, replacing McKennie who has been brilliant. Moore also on for Dest.

Rashford on for England to replace Saka.

20:32 , Matt Verri

75 mins: England seeing more of the ball now, USA not quite as big a threat on the counter.

Still no real sign of England actually creating anything though, been a real lack of quality in the final third from the Three Lions.

20:28 , Matt Verri

71 mins: Grealish already has an impact, driving at the defence and jinking into the box. Just runs out of space but it’s much better... took four defenders over to him.

Foden and Rashford among those still on the bench if required - if it stays like this they will be surely.

20:26 , Matt Verri

68 mins: Here are those two changes.

Henderson and Grealish on, Bellingham and Sterling the two to make way. England need these two to change things significantly, it’s been so poor for much of the match.

Dan Kilpatrick at Al Bayt Stadium

20:24 , Matt Verri

England are finally preparing to make a change, with Henderson and Grealish getting ready. The Liverpool captain is probably not the first choice of fans but underlines that England desperately need to establish a midfield foothold, while Grealish will hopefully add some spark.

20:22 , Matt Verri

65 mins: A sixth USA corner, as Stones puts it behind despite his complaints it should have been a goal-kick. Maguire to the rescue again?

No... brilliant delivery deep and Pickford tips it behind. Pulisic jogs over to the other side of the pitch to take, getting the crowd going on his way.

Headed away, Sterling gets his body in front of Dest and wins the foul. England will take their sweet time over this, trying to calm things down.

20:20 , Matt Verri

63 mins: This is ridiculously passive from England, they can’t get out of their own half. Dest just skips away from the challenges, comes to Pulisic and he can get another attempt away. Blocked.

Mount then commits a silly foul and the crowd erupts as the USA get a free-kick. Fans sense their side are well on top.

20:18 , Matt Verri

61 mins: Another corner in, Kane pokes it away. Pulisic will get a third chance in quick succession to put it into the box.

Maguire there once more, comes back to Pulisic though. Kane does well to halt his progress but that’s as good as it gets, the USA win it back immediately.

Nizaar Kinsella at Al Bayt Stadium

20:17 , Matt Verri

Big cheers from the USA end after Christian Pulisic told them to raise the roof. They are growing in confidence as England continue to struggle in the second half.

20:16 , Matt Verri

59 mins: Pickford raging at his defence, as Pulisic is allowed to drift inside and get a shot away from just outside the box. Took a slight deflection, will be a corner for the USA.

Wow, that’s a huge header from Maguire. Zimmerman was right behind him waiting to put that way, completely unmarked.

20:14 , Matt Verri

57 mins: It’s another lovely move from the USA, Weah gets in down the right.

Cut back into the box, Musah not far away from getting on the end of it but it’s just about cut out. Southgate surely has to turn to his bench soon.

20:12 , Matt Verri

55 mins: Bellingham and Saka dropping deep to get on the ball, neither have been able to have a real influence on the match.

Kane does likewise and skips away from Adams, before finding Rice out wide. Comes all the way back to the halfway line but it’s a better spell of possession for England.

20:09 , Matt Verri

52 mins: Saka with space to drive into on the right, Adams gets across brilliantly and slides in. Quickly up to his feet to then scream at Robinson for being out of position.

Another really strong display in midfield from the Leeds man so far.

Nizaar Kinsella at Al Bayt Stadium

20:08 , Matt Verri

John Stones has probably been England’s best performer so far which says a lot about this match.

It’s easy to underestimate his influence but, on his 61st appearance for the Three Lions, he has been crucial to stopping USA with last-ditch blocks and clearances.

20:06 , Matt Verri

49 mins: Half-time does not appear to have fixed these issues for England.

USA on the break, Pulisic slides it through to Wright. Cuts inside and his strike is blocked by Stones, falls for McKennie who then blasts the shot over the bar.

20:04 , Matt Verri

47 mins: USA have started the half on the front foot, camped in England territory.

Mount changes that by embarking on a solo press, forcing the USA all the way back to Turner. Zimmerman not far away from getting caught on the ball as he played that backpass.

Back underway!

20:02 , Matt Verri

Up and running for the second-half.

19:59 , Matt Verri

Plenty of games this tournament have been goalless at half-time, before bursting into life after the break.

Let’s hope for more of the same here. It’s been a decent watch despite the lack of goals, the USA really bright when they come forward.

As close as either side have come...

19:54 , Matt Verri

Dan Kilpatrick at Al Bayt Stadium

19:50 , Matt Verri

England finished the half with chances for Saka and Mount but it was largely an underwhelming 45 minutes for Southgate’s side, who have been outplayed by a more energetic and purposeful opponent.

The USA faded in the second half against Wales, though, so the question is whether they can maintain this intensity.

HT: England 0-0 USA

19:47 , Matt Verri

And that’s half-time, England finishing well as Mount’s shot is palmed away by Turner.

USA the better side in the opening 45 minutes, certainly had the best chances. McKennie should have scored, Pulisic nearly did score when smacking an effort off the bar.

England need to improve significantly.

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19:45 , Matt Verri

45 mins: Much more like it from England!

Shaw with a lovely flick to take him into the box, picks out Saka in the middle but he can’t direct the strike at goal. England’s best moment for about 25 minutes, though that isn’t saying much.

Only one minute added on.

Nizaar Kinsella at Al Bayt Stadium

19:42 , Matt Verri

USA fans are chanting “it’s called soccer” to bait the England supporters in stadium and watching at home.

19:42 , Matt Verri

42 mins: Dest into the box, onto his left foot and Maguire does well to deflect the shot behind for a corner.

Pulisic swings it in and guess what, Maguire is there once again to head the ball away to safety. He’s certainly justified his selection in the first 130 minutes of this World Cup.

19:40 , Matt Verri

40 mins: Weah breaks down the right, space as Maguire had pushed up. Terrible cross though, over everyone and England can counter themselves.

Not like that - poor ball from Saka and it’s gifted possession back to the USA. The Three Lions could do with half-time.

Dan Kilpatrick at Al Bayt Stadium

19:39 , Matt Verri

Jordan Henderson, who is warming up on the touchline, just made a point of kicking the ball away from Pulisic so he couldn’t take a quick throw in.

England are the side needing to calm the game down and regroup, with the US well on top.

19:38 , Matt Verri

38 mins: Adams brings it forward for the USA, throw-in deep in England territory and they’re going to send it long into the box. McKennie uses a photographer’s bib to dry his hands!

Might need to find a new photographer, it’s not the best but USA have a corner.

19:35 , Matt Verri

35 mins: England could do with a spell of possession, just to take the sting out of this USA momentum.

Stones tries to bring it forward, he’s surrounded by three blue shirts immediately though and has to turn back.

19:32 , Matt Verri

32 mins: Haven’t seen much from the likes of Bellingham and Saka in the last ten minutes, England struggling to get that control back.

Here come the USA again, McKennie driving down the right. Worked to the opposite flank, Pulisic shifts it onto his left foot... OFF THE BAR!

What a strike, so unlucky.

Dan Kilpatrick at Al Bayt Stadium

19:29 , Matt Verri

If there was any doubt pre-match that England were in for a tougher examination than against Iran, there isn’t now. The USA are threatening on the counter-attack and should probably lead through McKennie, who fired a half-volley over from ten yards.

England have shown flashes but are too hesitant in possession, leaving the USA plenty of time to regroup.

19:29 , Matt Verri

29 mins: First shot on target of the match, Musah goes for goal from distance and it’s straight at Pickford, with the help of a slight deflection off Rice.

England fans in the crowd raise the levels, trying to get their side going again.

19:28 , Matt Verri

28 mins: USA want another advantage, as Trippier hacks down Robinson. Whistle had gone though.

England have lost a bit of control at the moment, USA have grown right into the match. Starting to look far more dangerous when they get the ball in the England half.

19:25 , Matt Verri

25 mins: Pulisic gets fouled, stops, then decides there’s an advantage and carries on.

USA work it between themselves for an age on the right, eventually the ball comes in and it’s a massive chance! McKennie completely free, ten yards out and he’s blazed it over the bar.

Had to score.

19:23 , Matt Verri

23 mins: Midway through the first-half, it’s gone quickly despite there not being a huge amount of action in either box.

USA not pressing anywhere near as much as they did against Wales, content to sit off in their shape.

19:20 , Matt Verri

20 mins: Kane has held the ball up brilliantly a couple of times already, does so again and turns Ream.

England lose it though and here come the USA with Dest on the right. Goes for a delicate cross into the box, poor ball and it’s easily blocked.

Comes back to him, straight at Pickford. Really tame from the right-back.

Nizaar Kinsella at Al Bayt Stadium

19:17 , Matt Verri

Kieran Tripper has been excellent on numerous occasions going forward, playing Bukayo Saka in behind the US defence to cross for Harry Kane.

19:16 , Matt Verri

16 mins: England attack down the left this time, Sterling and Shaw linking up.

The left-back cuts inside onto his right foot, low cross into the box just evades Bellingham who had made a late run.

USA go up the other end for their first real attack of the match, ball in and Wright heads it wide. Difficult chance.

19:14 , Matt Verri

14 mins: Pressure really building, again Saka finds space down the right.

His ball into the box loops up towards the back post, Kane launches himself into a scissor kick but it’s cut out before it reaches him. Someone’s been watching Richarlison...

19:13 , Matt Verri

13 mins: Kane drops deep, picks up the ball and looks to find Saka. Loose pass.

USA not really offering a threat on the counter yet though, they haven’t looked particularly confident on the ball. England well on top.

19:10 , Matt Verri

10 mins: Bellingham and Wright go crunching into the tackle, neither of them too quick to get to their feet.

Up now, and he’s leading the England counter. Drives towards the box, slides in Saka out wide and he squares it for Kane. Free in the box, shot is blocked when he looked certain to score!

That was a brilliant move.

Dan Kilpatrick at Al Bayt Stadium

19:07 , Matt Verri

England fans are serenading Harry Maguire with his chant on the defender’s 50th cap.

Those boos already seem a distant memory, although judging by the first few minutes here, Maguire and John Stones are in for a more challenging night than against Iran.

19:07 , Matt Verri

7 mins: Mount is leading the England press, buzzing around the pitch. Pretty obvious what he brings to the side.

Kane tries to find the Chelsea man with an ambitious pass over the top, far too much on it though and Turner can claim.

19:04 , Matt Verri

4 mins: Robinson with his first charge down the left wing, runs straight into Trippier and the ball bobbles out for an England throw-in.

Bit of a frantic start in midfield, neither side getting much time on the ball when it’s played forward.

19:02 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Turner shanks the ball sideways straight out of play with his first touch. Not exactly a confidence booster.

England with the early possession, Stones and Maguire comfortable on the ball. USA not too aggressive in their press yet.

Nizaar Kinsella at Al Bayt Stadium

19:00 , Matt Verri

The Al Bayt Stadium has smattering of empty seats all around. The England national anthem was sung louder than the United States one though.

FIFA were today boasting that they sold 94 percent of the tickets for the first match day round but falling short for such a big competition is surely a disappointment.


19:00 , Matt Verri

We’re underway - should be a good one!

18:57 , Matt Verri

Anthems done - Matt Turner going big with the singing and has the camera right on him for a fair while. No comment on the sound coming out of him.

Kick-off next!

Teams are out!

18:55 , Matt Verri

Players are out onto the pitch, really is an incredible stadium. Looks to be fairly full too.

Time for the anthems - there seems to be about 10,000 photographers on the touchline.

18:52 , Matt Verri

USA fans in full voice... sort of.

Hitting England right where it hurts with their pre-match chanting - below the belt really.

Kick-off in ten minutes!

18:48 , Matt Verri

Southgate’s pre-match thoughts

18:44 , Matt Verri

“We would like to get qualification done as soon as possible. The first objective is to get out of the group.

“We would love to do that [against USA], but the game won’t be anything like Monday.

“We have to make sure we are back to the psychological place we were at the start because the States will be an athletic team, press really well, be organised, well coached.

“They have quite a few players we know from the Premier League and they showed in the first half against Wales the best side of themselves.”

Bullingham on OneLove armband tonight

18:40 , Matt Verri

FA CEO Mark Bullingham has told ITV Sport any player wearing rainbow armband could have been banned from further World Cup games by Fifa:

“It was unlimited,” he said. “They would take disciplinary action against any player that was wearing the armband on top of having a yellow card.”

Harry Kane will once again be wearing the Fifa armband instead tonight.

Fans have reported having rainbow items confiscated by officials in Qatar during the World Cup (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Wire)
Fans have reported having rainbow items confiscated by officials in Qatar during the World Cup (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Wire)

Friendship on hold

18:37 , Matt Verri

USA coach Gregg Berhalter praised Gareth Southgate’s “outstanding” major tournament record but joked the England manager has been ignoring his WhatsApp messages since the World Cup draw was made.

Berhalter contacted Southgate for advice on managing in international football soon after taking the US job and has previously described the England boss as a mentor. The pair have stayed in touch since but communication has been sparse since the two countries were drawn alongside one another in Qatar.

“I’ve been Whatsapping him but I haven’t seen the blue tick mark so I don’t know what’s going on!,” Berhalter joked. “No, we kind of took a little hiatus but we’ll pick up our relationship after tomorrow.”

Read more on that here!

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Dan Kilpatrick at Al Bayt Stadum

18:30 , Matt Verri

Sterling: Put faith in Southgate

18:23 , Matt Verri

Raheem Sterling has urged England to go for the jugular again in tonight’s match against the USA, but says Gareth Southgate has earned the right to set up the side any way he wants.

England can book their place in the last-16 with another win at the Al Bayt Stadium, after opening their World Cup campaign with an eye-catching 6-2 thrashing of Iran on Monday.

Southgate has stuck with Sterling, Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka behind Harry Kane in an unchanged side, but the manager has tended to switch to a back-five against more established opponents and could sacrifice a forward player as the tournament progresses.

Sterling, who scored his first World Cup goal against Iran, says an attacking system will strike fear into the USA, but urged fans to trust Southgate.

Read the full story on that here

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Nizaar Kinsella at the Al Bayt Stadium

18:17 , Matt Verri

Many in the USA predict this will be the most watched game in the country’s history. Not just the size of the match but the fact it is England who they are facing and on a national day of holiday.

Early look at the pitch...

18:11 , Matt Verri

England players have been out on the pitch, with just under 50 minutes to go until kick-off.

Six goals scored in the opening match, though Harry Kane did not get on the scoresheet. Golden Boot winner four years ago, he has ground to make up if he’s to defend that crown.

Enner Valencia currently leads the way with three goals in the tournament.


Keira Walsh on England’s opener

18:06 , Matt Verri

“In the changing room before our first game of the Euros in the summer, you could really feel the nerves. The mood was a bit different, the girls were a lot quieter than usual and it wasn’t as upbeat as it normally is.

“Beating Austria 1-0 that night at Old Trafford was massive for us. Getting that first game out of the way doesn’t take the pressure off but it makes you a bit calmer, and that was really when we started to enjoy the tournament. Being honest, that first game was the one I enjoyed the least and the one in which we played the worst football.

“With that in mind, I could not have been more impressed with the boys’ start on Monday. You can always say that, yes, they should beat Iran, but having played in those games, they’re not easy. Playing against opponents who are just going to sit in makes it hard.

“The spaces aren’t there for you, and when a team is at you and pressing you, it can actually help — you think a bit quicker and see things a bit quicker.”

Read Keira Walsh’s latest Standard Sport column here!

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Three Lions in the building!

18:01 , Matt Verri

England unchanged

17:56 , Matt Verri

So as expected England go with the same side that beat Iran. Kane and Maguire fit to start, Bellingham in midfield and it’s a back four for the Three Lions.

14 players on the bench - Maddison once again not fit enough to make the squad.

Just the one change for the USA from their opening match, as Sargent drops out and Wright comes into the side.

USA team news

17:51 , Matt Verri

USA XI: Turner, Dest, Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson, McKennie, Adams, Musah, Weah, Wright, Pulisic.

England team news

17:48 , Matt Verri

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

Team news coming up

17:41 , Matt Verri

We’re expecting an unchanged side from England tonight.

Harry Kane seems to have overcome that concern over his foot injury, while Harry Maguire has recovered from illness.

Back four, three in midfield, plenty of attacking intent... that’s the plan anyway!

Elsewhere in Group B...

17:34 , Matt Verri

Wales fell to a hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat against Iran this morning, a red card to Wayne Hennessey doing them no favours in a match they really could have done with winning win.

Instead, they’ll have to beat England next week and hope other results go their way. Not a good position to be in.

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England must solve pressing problem

17:25 , Matt Verri

England have been in Qatar for just 10 days but already the pre-World Cup angst — the Molineux mutiny against Gareth Southgate, the Nations League relegation — is a distant memory.

The ruthless dismantling of Iran has transformed the mood, drawing swathes of the country back to a place of giddy optimism, and part of Southgate’s job is now to manage great expectations.

England will be expected to take the game to the USA with the same swashbuckling, front-foot approach as in Monday’s 6-2 win, but Southgate is wary that tonight will be a dramatically different affair.

“I guess people wouldn’t expect us to be like that having watched us for a couple of years and the style of football we play! Maybe we regress to the norm,” Southgate said in a wry acknowledgement that his side have often been accused of being dull.

Read Dan Kilpatrick’s full preview here!

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Eriksson: Strongest England squad in a long time

17:17 , Matt Verri

Safe to say former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is impressed with the current England squad, believing every player in the 26 would get into the squads he had during his time in charge.

“England’s squad depth is incredible,” Eriksson told Midnite. “Rashford, Foden and Grealish could easily be part of the starting XI and you wouldn’t see a difference at all because they’re all top, top players.

“What Callum Wilson did as well by passing to Grealish instead of shooting is top class football. This squad is the best one that England has had for a long, long time.

“During my time as England manager, I had a very strong squad but it wasn’t as strong as this one.

“You could take every player from the squad and put them in my England squads that I had because the performance they put in [against Iran] was absolutely top class and if they continue like that then they will win the World Cup.”

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Last time out...

17:07 , Matt Verri

Sure everyone is fully aware of what happened in England’s opening match, battering Iran 6-2 to get the hype train well and truly going.

As for the USA, they started well against Wales and took the lead, but dropped their levels in the second-half as they drew 1-1. Luckily for them, they won’t be facing Kieffer Moore. Unfortunately, they will have to deal with Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling... you getthe picture.

With a final match to come against Iran, who now sit on three points, the USA could really do with picking up a result tonight. Otherwise it’s absolutely must win against Iran.

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Better get used to it!

17:00 , Matt Verri

Stones talks up England youngsters

16:53 , Matt Verri

John Stones thinks there are future Ballon d’Or winners in the England squad.

Stones is set to win his 60th cap tonight and is the only England player to start every match in the past three major tournaments, dating back to the 2018 World Cup.

“What we have got in our dressing room is hopefully some future Ballon d’Or winners,” Stones said.

“As a collective it is about knowing each other and those states of games like the semi-final in the World Cup, which felt like an unknown territory to us. In certain situations or areas, if you have not experienced it before, you ask what is the answer or when to slow the game down.

“We have definitely now got that experience with the players in the dressing room.”

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Tonight’s setting!

16:45 , Matt Verri

Evening Standard prediction

16:38 , Matt Verri

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

16:31 , Matt Verri

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

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England team news

16:24 , Matt Verri

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.

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How to watch England vs USA

16:17 , Matt Verri

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.

Good afternoon!

16:11 , Matt Verri

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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