England will take on Group B rival USA in the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup tournament on Friday, November 25. The match will kick off at 20:00.
England coach Gareth Southgate is set to use the exact squad that humiliated Iran in a 6-2 defeat for the country’s second group match against the USA.
The Three Lions comfortably climbed to the top of the Group B table with three points after defeating Iran in their opening game in a grand style.
Southgate’s men crushed Iran in a 6-2 victory as Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, and Jack Grealish all got on the scoresheet for the Three Lions.
On the other hand, the USMNT had control of their opening game against Wales, throwing the first punch before conceding a Gareth Bale penalty to make it a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, England head coach Gareth Southgate is set to name the same squad and formation that pummeled Iran in their stunning opener victory against the USA on Friday night.
Despite Tottenham’s star Harry Kane picking up a knock and Manchester United’s Harry Maguire being forced off the pitch during the victory with illness, Southgate believes victory over the USA is sure with the same set of players.
Kane is expected to lead the line for England against the USA, flanked by Saka and Raheem Sterling after the Tottenham’s prolific striker returned to training on Wednesday following a scan on his ankle which allayed any fears of potential injury.
The Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate also dismissed any injury concerns in his pre-match press conference.
Southgate said: “Harry is good. It would be a brave decision to leave him out of the starting line-up.”
Manchester United star Harry Maguire is also in a good form to start and will be seen as a center-back partner of John Stones, with Kieran Tripper and Luke Shaw in their defensive positions.
Though England’s victory against Iran in their opening match came handily, Gareth Southgate and his team might suffer a shocking defeat from the USMNT tonight even the English team is not focus enough.
The first time the USMNT faced the England team in a World Cup was in 1950 when a miraculous defeat occurred.
The hastily-assembled USA team which mostly involved amateur players thrashed the stronger England team 1-0.
The US men’s national team wouldn’t hesitate to repeat history as they are set to pose a more difficult contest than Iran.
Gregg Berhalter’s team is loaded with Premier League stars which include Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, Leeds’ pair Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams, as well as Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner.
As football is full of uncertainties, both squads will have to lock horns at Al Bayt stadium tonight in a must win encounter for either side especially for the USA which has just a point so far.
England vs USA match will take place at Al Bayt stadium in Qatar, with Kickoff scheduled for 20:00 BST today, November 25.