England edged nearer to a spot within the World Cup knockout rounds with a 0-0 draw with USA however their lacklustre show was a actuality examine on their ambitions on the match and means they must wait till their closing group recreation with Wales on Tuesday to seal a last-16 spot.
Solely a defeat to Wales by 4 objectives or extra would forestall Group B leaders England from making the following stage however Southgate must discipline questions in regards to the massive drop-off in his group’s efficiency and the way they’ll rediscover type for the enterprise part of this competitors.
After England thumped Iran 6-2 of their opening fixture in Qatar there was optimism amongst their supporters about their group constructing on their run to the ultimate of the Euros final summer season. However by the ultimate whistle there have been boos from these travelling followers, with Gareth Southgate’s facet badly off the tempo and disjointed towards an lively US group.
Christian Pulisic crashed a first-half shot towards the bar and Harry Maguire needed to head away a collection of corners because the People put the strain on within the second half. Whereas there was no means by way of to emulate the well-known upset on this fixture of 1950, USA did sufficient to recalibrate perceptions about England’s prospects and enhance their very own hopes of progressing.
Harry Kane’s blocked shot initially of the match and his header vast from Luke Shaw’s free-kick in second-half stoppage time was as shut because the toothless Three Lions assault got here to troubling USA throughout an alarming – if not instantly damaging – efficiency.
USA, in the meantime, sit third in Group B, some extent behind Iran, who they face on Tuesday. A win would see them into the final 16.
Large moments within the recreation…
- 10 min: Kane’s goal-bound shot from eight yards is blocked by Zimmerman from Saka’s cut-back
- 26 min: McKennie shoots over from Musah’s cross
- 33 min: Pulisic hits the bar with left-foot shot from simply inside field
- 41 min: Dest’s shot is blocked by Maguire throughout purpose and out for a nook
- 45 min: Saka shoots over from Shaw’s cutback
- 49 min: Stones blocks from Wright earlier than McKennie shoots over
- 90+3 min: Kane heads Shaw’s free-kick vast
England, contemporary from reducing unfastened towards Iran, confirmed goal within the opening phases, with Kane’s goal-bound effort blocked after Bukayo Saka’s cutback and Mason Mount’s shot over after a dribble within the field by Maguire.
Sam Blitz’s England participant rankings
England: Pickford (6), Trippier (5), Stones (7), Maguire (8), Shaw (5); Rice (6), Mount (5), Bellingham (7); Saka (6), Kane (6), Sterling (5)
Subs: Grealish (6), Henderson (6), Rashford (6)
Participant of the match: Harry Maguire
However quickly their possession lacked goal and, with out the ball, Southgate’s facet regarded unsure and uncoordinated as Haji Wright headed vast, Weston McKennie fired opening over and former England youth worldwide Yunus Musah noticed a shot deflected into Jordan Pickford’s grasp.
The rising concern about England’s efficiency from the travelling help within the stands at Al Bayt Stadium was compounded when Pulisic smashed a fierce left-foot shot towards the body of Pickford’s purpose from simply contained in the field.
Maguire – wonderful on his fiftieth cap – then did properly to dam a harmful effort from Sergino Dest and Pulisic headed vast, with England hanging on for half-time. A late shot over from Saka and the Three Lions’ first effort on track of the match in stoppage time from Mount did little to masks England’s struggles within the opening 45 minutes.
- England named an unchanged XI from the facet which beat Iran, with Harry Kane overcoming an damage scare and Harry Maguire recovering from sickness to win his fiftieth cap
- USA made one change from their draw with Wales, with Haji Wright changing Josh Sargent in assault.
There was no enchancment after the break, both, with John Stones having to dam from Wright, McKennie once more capturing over, Pulisic’s dig deflected vast and USA ramping up the strain across the hour mark with a run of corners.
Within the 68th minute Southgate lastly made his transfer, sending on Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish for the ineffective Raheem Sterling and, extra surprisingly, Jude Bellingham.
Grealish received a few free-kicks across the USA’s field and Kane’s header from Shaw’s cross within the closing moments flew vast. However with Phil Foden left on the bench, there’ll once more be questions in regards to the adventurousness of England’s supervisor.
England had a turgid draw with Scotland of their second group recreation on the Euros and went on to make the ultimate. Their supporters will probably be hoping this may in the end be seen as some extent and clear sheet which takes England ahead on this World Cup reasonably than an instance of their limitations.
What does the consequence imply?
England should keep away from dropping to Wales by 4 objectives on Tuesday of their 7pm kick-off to safe their place within the last-16.
USA should beat Iran of their fixture which takes place on the identical time to leapfrog Carlos Queiroz’s facet and make the knockouts.
Southgate: “I knew it will be tough; we’re not going to comb by way of everyone”
Gareth Southgate talking to ITV:
“Precisely the kind of recreation I believed it will be – it was actually powerful towards opponent who have been very athletic.
“I knew it will be tough for us after such a excessive to duplicate that kind of efficiency [against Iran]. I am actually happy with how the gamers have utilized themselves.
“A few of our high quality within the closing third may’ve been a bit higher, however we have proven nice resilience to defend towards an opponent that stored asking questions. We have managed the sport properly from the again and simply not been in a position to open them up with that actually clear-cut likelihood.
“I believe we did not have that very same zip however that is going to occur because it’s match soccer.
“We’re not going to roll by way of a match and sweep by way of everyone with out having nights like this the place it’s a must to present totally different qualities in an effort to get the consequence.”
Reporter’s view: England unrecognisable from Iran win
Sky Sports activities Information’ Rob Dorsett in Qatar:
“There have been boos throughout the Al Bayt stadium at full-time. It could have been harsh if England had misplaced that recreation, however it will’ve been undeserved too had they received it.
“That late Kane header will stick in Southgate’s throat. It was there to win, and win ugly, in stoppage time.
“However equally, had Pulisic’s rasping drive within the first half been a foot decrease, England may properly have been on the mistaken facet of the consequence.
“USA harried and disrupted as we knew they’d, and it actually knocked England out of their stride, who have been pedestrian and unrecognisable from the free-scoring and fluid group we noticed towards Iran 4 days in the past.
“That was very a lot ‘after the Lord Mayor’s present’ from an England perspective. And it is a actuality examine about the place the group is at.
“A draw is under no circumstances a catastrophe. England nonetheless prime the group with 4 factors and a really wholesome purpose distinction.
“Nevertheless it means the ultimate Group B recreation towards Wales nonetheless has a lot using on it, and England must carry out a lot, significantly better in the event that they’re to comb their British rivals apart and undergo to the knockout phases with a spring of their step.”
Participant of the match: Harry Maguire
Sky Sports activities’ Peter Smith:
“The scrutiny and criticism of Harry Maguire has been intense over the previous yr. His absence from Manchester United’s beginning XI for a lot of this season ramped up requires Gareth Southgate to go away him out of his squad for this World Cup or at the least bench him in favour of a extra in-form defender.
“That was by no means going to occur, given Southgate’s respect for the centre again and the credit score Maguire has within the financial institution in an England shirt. And on Friday evening he absolutely vindicated his inclusion.
“There have been eight clearances – greater than twice as many as some other England participant – as Maguire time and time once more headed away USA corners within the second half. There was an important block on a shot from Yunus Musah, with Maguire jockeying the advancing winger earlier than timing his intervention completely.
“It was the form of match which suited Maguire’s strengths, with England’s struggles in different areas of the pitch demanding a backs-to-the-walls mentality from their most skilled defender. Maguire rose to the problem and proved some extent.”
Opta stats: England scuppered by USA once more
- England have had 12 goalless attracts on the World Cup, probably the most of any nation within the historical past of the World Cup. In the meantime, this was the USA’s first-ever goalless draw on the World Cup.
- England have by no means overwhelmed the USA on the World Cup (D2 L1), solely dealing with Brazil (4 video games) extra usually within the World Cup with out successful.
- USA stored a clear sheet towards a European nation within the World Cup for the primary time since they received 1-0 towards England in 1950. That they had gone 18 such video games with out one earlier than at this time.
- England have received simply one in all their final eight video games in all competitions (D4 L3), having received six of their eight video games earlier than this.
- England had simply eight pictures on this recreation, solely trying fewer in two World Cup matches on file since 1966: six vs the Republic of Eire in 1990 and 7 vs Poland in 1986.