In their second World Cup Group B match on Friday, England received a sobering reality check as they were outplayed for significant stretches by a young American team. The game ended in a tight 0-0 stalemate. The fans’ hopes rose after England’s 6-2 hammering of Iran on Monday, but Gareth Southgate’s team was fortunate not to suffer a repetition of their 1950 World Cup disaster against the Americans.
They were booed at the final whistle and will need to improve if they are to have a deep run significantly. However, they will still qualify for the round of 16 if they escape a crushing defeat by Wales in their last group match.
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Even though the United States put up a fast-paced performance, they may look back and regret not eliminating an England team stuck in second gear. If they defeat Iran, they would advance to the round of 16 for the seventh time since 1994. One of the five players from England in the starting lineup for the United States, Christian Pulisic of Chelsea, stated, “A draw isn’t the worst thing, but I felt for periods of the game we showed dominance.
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He hit the crossbar during a dominant first half for his team while Weston McKennie, who was superb, harassed England and missed a great first-half opportunity. It would have been a farce if England’s captain Harry Kane had scored a late header to give England its first World Cup victory over the United States. Although the outcome and performance were utterly disappointing, England still leads the group with four points and is still in the running to advance to the round of 16.
Iran has three points after snatching a late victory over Wales, while the United States has two points and Wales has one. The group meeting on Tuesday is still entirely up in the air. Wasn’t the best performance, Kane admitted, noting that he is still two goals short of Wayne Rooney’s 53-goal England record.
They had good ball-handling spells, but we weren’t quite there yet. For us, a draw isn’t too horrible. We moved on after playing a challenging squad.” England manager Southgate selected an unchanged starting lineup for the first time in 54 games, but the team was not resembling the vivacious unit that destroyed Iran.
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