England lock horns against the United States of America (USA) in the FIFA World Cup 2022. The match will commence at 12:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST) on Saturday, November 26, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.
The England football team began their campaign in Qatar with a 6-2 win against Iran on Monday. Bukayo Saka was the best English player in the game, scoring two goals, while Jude Bellingham also played a vital role in the team’s success. The Three Lions need another victory to guarantee themselves a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.
Meanwhile, the USA football team recorded a 1-1 stalemate against Wales in their opening game. Timothy Weah gave the USA the lead in the first half before Gareth Bale equalised in the 82nd minute for Wales. Despite having more of the ball, the Tyler Adams-led side did not find the winning goal in the final moments.
England vs USA head-to-head
England have an impressive record against the USA, winning eight of the 11 matches between the two nations, while the Stars and Stripes have won twice.
England and the USA have both won once against each other in the FIFA World Cup. The previous match between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw in 2010.
The Three Lions are unbeaten in their last five matches in this fixture, with their previous defeat coming in 1993. In the latest encounter, England won 3-0 in an international friendly in 2018. Callum Wilson, likely to feature on Saturday, sealed the win in the second half after first-half goals from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
England vs USA FIFA World Cup record
The Three Lions won the FIFA World Cup title in 1966 under the management of Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey. England, who qualified for the World Cup as the hosts, remained unbeaten in the tournament, winning five of their six matches.
England got knocked out in the semi-final against Croatia in extra time in 2018. They further lost to Belgium to finish fourth in Russia. They have achieved this feat previously in the 1990 edition in Italy.
On the other hand, the USA did not qualify for the 2018 edition. They were one of the teams participating in the inaugural edition in 1930, where they made the semi-finals. Alongside Mexico and Canada, the United States will host the FIFA World Cup 2026.
England vs USA predicted XI
England predicted XI: Jordan Pickford (goalkeeper); Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice; Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane (captain).
USA predicted XI: Matt Turner (goalkeeper); Sergino Dest, Walker Zimmermann, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Tyler Adams (captain), Weston McKennie; Giovanni Reyna, Brenden Aaronson, Christian Pulisic; Timothy Weah.
England vs USA prediction
England are one of the most fancied teams to lift the title in Qatar. They came to the fore against Iran and have an impressive record against the United States. Despite the injury concerns surrounding Harry Kane, the Three Lions have a well-rounded team and are tipped to win at the Al Bayt Stadium.
On a given day, the USA can trouble even the most in-form teams in the competition. However, England hold the upper hand in the upcoming encounter, considering their recent prowess in front of the goal.
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