‘Kane fine & back to training’ England captain fit for US

England face the US in World Cup Group B on Friday in Qatar. The Three Lions won their opening game in style against Iran, clinching a 6-2 victory as Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish all scored for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Harry Kane has recovered from injury and is fit to play after undergoing a scan on his ankle this week, while Harry Maguire has also confirmed he is ready to start after illness.

England are looking to end an unwanted streak and claim their first win over the US at a World Cup. The US famously beat England at the 1950 World Cup, before a Rob Green error resulted in a 1-1 draw in South Africa in 2010.

The US side arrived in Qatar with high expectations but were held back in their opener by Wales, despite dominating the first half. Greg Berhalter’s side can’t handle Kieffer Moore’s physicality but will be looking for a response at Al Bayt Stadium. Follow all the latest England World Cup news ahead of the game against the US, below.

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England will be looking to secure their place in the last 16 of the World Cup when they take on the United States, while Wales kick off Friday’s action against Iran in a crucial Group B game.

Hosts Qatar played their second Group A game against Senegal and the Netherlands faced Ecuador to maintain their perfect start.

On Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo wrote his own part of World Cup history as Portugal beat Ghana in their first Group H game, before pre-tournament favorites Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 with two goals for Richarlison – but there was an injury scare for Neymar.

Uruguay and South Korea previously played out a goalless draw, but Switzerland started their campaign with a 1-0 win over Cameroon.

Here’s everything to watch for on Friday:

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Football and deep statistics are still relatively new neighbors that don’t always sit comfortably side by side, but sometimes curiosity doesn’t need to be too complicated to calculate or analyze. There is, for example, the peculiarity that ahead of their 2022 World Cup meeting on Friday, England have yet to beat their US counterparts even in a semi-competitive encounter.

It doesn’t come up too often, of course: the totals are the 1950 World Cup, the 2010 World Cup and, sandwiched between but smudged from many minds, the 1993 US Cup.

It was meant to be part of the warm-up, part of the acclimatization kit ahead of the US ’94 World Cup – which England did not qualify for in the end. Perhaps fans and coaching staff should have seen that coming, after losing 2-0 at Foxboro Stadium. The man who scored the second of those goals still remains the last to score for the US in the men’s team’s win over England, and he also remains an iconic figure in the history of the US men’s national team: Alexi Lalas, who was then the bearded midfielder who immediately recognizable. back, now an analyst at USMNT and beyond.

Given he’s never shy about making his point, the obvious question for Lalas is what makes that winless streak in meaningful action for the Three Lions against the Stars and Stripes?

“Well, I think it’s clear that when it matters, England chokes. It is clear that they are scared to death of the United States,” he said. We were off and running, then.

Karl Matchett interviews the former USMNT centre-back ahead of England vs USA:

Karl MatchettNovember 25, 2022 08:36

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Japanese football fans won praise on social media after cleaning Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium following their landmark win over Germany at the Qatar World Cup.

Japan came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to second-half goals by Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, the latter with a brilliant individual goal securing Group E victory over the four-time world champions.

Videos on social media showed Japanese fans filling trash bags with trash and rubbish from around their seats after the full-time whistle.

Such images have become commonplace at major tournaments and were also seen at the men’s World Cup in Russia four years ago, earning praise from around the world after their side were knocked out of the tournament by Belgium in the last 16.

Karl MatchettNovember 25, 2022 08:24

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Good morning and welcome to the first day of the second round of group stage matches. A quick recap of last night’s action is particularly relevant, considering one notable injury.

Neymar wept on the Brazil bench because of the ankle injury he sustained in the win over Serbia at the World Cup.

He continued to play before being sent off in the 79th minute before being iced up on his ankle and looking desperate as team staff tackled him.

Asked why he had not made the decision earlier, coach Tite said: “I didn’t see Neymar injured. The capacity that he has to overcome it, it blew me away. I only see it now when I watch the video.”

Karl MatchettNovember 25, 2022 08:12

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Gareth Southgate will be hopeful that Harry Kane is fully recovered in time to play a role, although the attacking option of scoring off the bench in fine form will at least ease some concerns if he is not successful.

For the US, there is even more pressure on them to find results after failing to maintain their lead against Wales. Gregg Berhalter could opt to shuffle the pack in midfield as a result, as at least they look unbeatable.

England have never actually beaten the US in a World Cup match, with the Americans winning in 1950 and the two sides drawing in 2010.

Here’s everything you need to know before the game.

Karl MatchettNovember 25, 2022 08:00

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When England youth football hero Jude Bellingham returned to the pitch in Qatar on Friday, friends and neighbors in his hometown of Stourbridge in the West Midlands were full of pride.

And none more so than the former elementary school bouncer, who used to retrieve lost balls from the roof when he was a kid.

“It seemed to be a daily occurrence,” says Mark Williams Independent. “You could tell at the time he was a pretty good little footballer and he was meant to be.”

“He seems to do that more than other kids. It became a joke. Every day the stairs go out. I keep them on high alert for that reason.”

He added: “He’s a really lovely kid. He always asks you to get the ball down well.”

This makes the midfielder the second teenager – after Michael Owen – to score for the Three Lions at a World Cup.

Jude Bellingham’s hometown is proud of a boy who trains so much he wears turf:

Karl MatchettNovember 25, 2022 07:45

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One player who could be part of Southgate’s current crop but will slip through the net is Yunus Musah. Musah, 19, committed his international allegiance to the United States after representing England Under-19s in October 2020.

He played in a friendly for the US senior team the following month and opted to play for the country of his birth rather than stay with England.

Asked what US coach Gregg Berhalter has done to impress him, Southgate added: “Yeah, firstly, they’ve been very proactive in recruiting if you like, talent identification – obviously they took one of us, which we weren’t very happy about but, fair game. !

“With Yunus it was a strange situation because he was in our under-19s and we had the pandemic and the lockdown so it was impossible to travel and see the games so he is a player that at that stage I didn’t have much. contact with in the youth team.

“One or two of the others I know a little better and that decision was made before I had a chance to get to know them well. We have some players like that where the players weren’t actually born in England.

“Jamal Musiala (Germany international) is another one, but the guys are coming the other way around – Jack Grealish and Declan Rice (from the Republic of Ireland) so in the end you have to go with your heart and where you see yourself.”

Ben BurrowsNovember 25, 2022 07:30

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If England pick up a win it will ensure qualification for the last 16 and will be enough to seal their progress as Group B winners should Iran and Wales draw on Friday morning.

Southgate is looking to do better than at last summer’s Euros, where England lost in the final on penalties to Italy, three years after reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He believes his players are putting the country back on the football map after such developments.

“We feel that we can be competitive for years to come and that should be the real goal, to have a continuous challenge in the final stages of a major competition, we haven’t done for many years,” he added.

“These players really put our country on the map. They have reclaimed our honor on the world stage and we must continue to do that.”

Ben BurrowsNovember 25, 2022 07:00

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Having Kane available could be crucial for England, who beat Iran 6-2 to start their tournament with a bang.

But, having faced the US twice in the previous tournament, England is still winless.

The defeat in 1950 is still considered the biggest World Cup defeat of all time and the two countries also drew 1-1 in 2010.

Southgate wants his players to make history by overturning that record and claims England often talk about their achievements with no real results to back it up.

“Have we ever beaten the United States in a major tournament? No, I don’t think so,” he added.

“Tomorrow we have to try and make history, number one. We’re good at that, we’re good at praising ourselves as a nation on very little evidence.

“So what we have to do is get on the pitch and we know that we are going to play a very motivated team but we have a lot of respect for our opponent.”

Ben BurrowsNovember 25, 2022 06:30

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Gareth Southgate admits he will have to be a brave man to leave Harry Kane out of his squad to face the United States after the England captain trained after picking up an injury.

Kane underwent a scan on his leg after a tough challenge in England’s opening World Cup win over Iran on Monday.

He played 25 minutes before being replaced by Callum Wilson but then carried out a precautionary scan after leaving the stadium with a light bandage on his leg.

The Tottenham striker trained at England’s Al Wakrah training base on Wednesday and Thursday and Southgate revealed he is fit to start against the US at Al Bayt Stadium on Friday night.

Asked if Kane would be in the team, Southgate replied: “Harry is good.

“He came through training without any issues so yes, it would be a bold decision to take him out of the starting XI!”

(FA via Getty Images)

Ben BurrowsNovember 25, 2022 06:00