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FINAL MEETING vs. UNITED STATES
  Friday, 25 November 2022
2022 FIFA World Cup Finals First Phase Group B, Match Four

England 0 United States 0 [0-0]
 
  
Āstād āl-Bayt, Al Oqda, Al Khawr, Qatar
Kick-off (AST): 10.00pm 7.00pm GMT
Attendance: 68,463
Mason Mount kicked off 96 minutes 46:22 & 49:31
Players lost since last match
David Johnson (23 Nov 2022) 71
  [0-0] Christian Pulisic strike hits crossbar 32:06
   
   
 
  Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon
 
"YAWN IN THE USA" Mirror Sport/Sun Sport/StarSport
Officials from Venezuela England Squad Type USA Squad
Referee (red)
Jesús Noel Valenzuela Sáez
38 (24 November 1983), Portuguesa, FIFA-listed 2013.
8 Goal Attempts 10
3 Attempts on Target 2
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 1
Jorge Urrego Martínez
41 (9 October 1981), Valencia
Turedio Moreno
36 (19 July 1986)
3 Corner Kicks Won 7
Fourth official
Yoshima Yamashita
, 36 (20 February 1986), Tokyo, Japan
Reserve Assistant Referee
Neuza
Ines Back, 38 (11 August 1984) Brazil
1 Offside Calls Against 0
9 Fouls Conceded 15
55% Possession 45%

  
Video Assistant Officials  
Juan Ernesto Soto Arevalo
45 (14 October 1977) Venezuela, FIFA-listed 2005
Assistant - Nicolas Gallo, Colombia; Offisde - Diego Bonfa, Argentina; Support - Julio Bascuñán, Chile; Standby - Ezequiel Braislovsky, Argentina
England Team
 
Rank: FIFA (6th October 2022) 5th
EFO ranking Group One (4th)
ELO rating 9th
Colours: The Nike 2022 home uniform - White crew-necked jerseys with dark to light blue fury gradient sleeves, fury/void cuffs, white shorts, white socks with fury/void thin hoop.
Capt: Harry Kane ⁴³
52nd, W 30 - D 12 - L 10 - F 117 - A 45.
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 52 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
78th match, W 47 - D 18 - L 13 - F 167 - A 55.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 28
263 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 47 36ᵍᵃ
final app 2017-22
12 Trippier, Kieran J. 32
67 days
19 September 1990 RB Newcastle United FC 39 1
final app 2017-22
5 Stones, John 28
181 days
28 May 1994 RCD Manchester City FC 61 3
final app 2014-22
6 Maguire, J. Harry 29
265 days
5 March 1993 LCD Manchester United FC 50 7
the 63rd player to reach the 50-app milestone final app 2017-22
3 Shaw, Luke P.H. 27
136 days
12 July 1995 LB Manchester United FC 25 3
final app 2014-22
22 Bellingham, Jude V.W., off 69th min. 19
149 days
29 June 2003 RDM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 19 1
final app 2020-22
4 Rice, Declan 23
315 days
14 January 1999 LDM West Ham United FC 36 2
final app 2019-22
17 Saka, Bukayo A.T.M., off 78th min. 21
81 days
5 September 2001 RAM Arsenal FC 22 6
final app 2020-22
19 Mount, Mason T. 23
319 days
10 January 1999 AM Chelsea FC 34 5
final app 2019-22
10 Sterling, Raheem S., off 68th min. 27
352 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
LAM Chelsea FC 81 20
final app 2012-22
9 Kane, Harry E. 29
120 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 77 51
final app 2017-22
England Substitutes
7 Grealish, Jack P., on 68th min. (67:51) for Sterling 27
77 days
10 September 1995 LAM Manchester City FC 26 12 2
14
final app 2020-22
8 Henderson, Jordan B., on 69th min. (68:16) for Bellingham 32
161 days
17 June 1990
 
RDM Liverpool FC 71 46 2
25
final app 2011-22
11 Rashford, Marcus, on 71st min. (77:41) for Saka 25
26 days
31 October 1997 RAM Manchester United FC 48 21 12
27
final app 2016-22
result: England 0 United States 0
unused substitutes: 2-Kyle Walker, 13-Nick Pope, 14-Kalvin Phillips, 15-Eric Dier, 16-Conor Coady, 18-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 20-Phil Foden, 21-Ben White, 23-Aaron Ramsdale, 24-Callum Wilson, 26-Conor Gallagher.
team notes: Gareth Southgate is the first manager to face the United States more than once since Graham Taylor in 1993-94.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
records: This is the third time that the two countries have met in the World Cup Finals tournament, ENgland are still without victory.
 
4-2-3-1 Pickford -
Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw -
Bellingham
(Henderson), Rice -
Saka
(Rashford), Mount, Sterling (Grealish) -
Kane
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 206 days Appearances/Goals 44.6 9.0
 
United States Team
 
Rank: FIFA (6th October 2022) 16th
EFO ranking Group 7
ELO rating
26th
Colours: Made by Nike - royal blue crew necked jerseys with navy blue tie dye graphic, royal blue shorts and blue socks
Capt: Tyler Adams Head Coach: Gregg Matthew Berhalter, 49 (1 August 1933), appointed 2 December 2018.
58th, W 36 - D 12 - L 10 - F 115 - A 37.
United States Lineup
1 Turner, Matthew C. 24
154 days
24 June 1994 G Arsenal FC, England 22 0
2 Dest, Sergiño G., off 78th min. 22
22 days
3 November 2000 RB AC Milan, Italy, on loan from FC Barcalona, Spain 21 2
3 Zimmerman, Walker D. 29
190 days
19 May 1993 RCD Nashville SC 35 3
13 Ream, Timothy M. 35
51 days
5 October 1987 LCD Fulham FC, England 48 1
5 Robinson, Antonee 25
109 days
8 August 1997
in Milton Keynes, England
LB Fulham FC, England 31 2
8 McKennie, Weston J.E., off 77th min. 24
89 days
28 August 1998 RM Juventus FC, Italy 39 9
4 Adams, Tyler 23
284 days
14 February 1999 CM Leeds United AFC, England 34 1
6 Musah, Yunus D. 19
361 days
29 November 2002 LM Valencia FC, Spain 21 0
21 Weah, Timothy T., off 83rd min. 22
276 days
22 February 2000 RF Lille OSC, France 27 4
19 Wright, Haji A., off 83rd min. 24
243 days
27 March 1998 CF Antalyaspor, Turkey 5 1
10 Pulisic, Christian M. 24
68 days
18 September 1998 LF Chelsea FC, England 54 21
United States Substitutes
11 Aaronson, Brendan R., on 77th min. (76:41) for McKennie 22
34 days
22 October 2000 RM Leeds United AFC, England 26 6
18 Moore, Shaquell K., on 78th min. (77:12) for Dest 26
23 days
2 November 1996 RB Nashville SC 16 1
7 Reyna, Giovanni A., on 83rd min. (82:18) for Weah 20
12 days
13 November 2002
in Sunderland, England
RF Bsv Borussia 09 Dörtmund, Germany 15 4
24 Sargent, Joshua T., on 83rd min. (82:24) for Wright 22
278 days
20 February 2000 CF Norwich City FC, England 22 5
result: England 0 United States 0
unused substitutes: 9-Jesús Ferreira, 12-Ethan Horvath, 14-Lucas de la Torre, 15-Aaron Long, 16-Jordan Morris, 17-Cristian Roldan, 20-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 22- DeAndre Yedlin, 23-Kellyn Acosta,  25-Sean Johnson, 26-Joe Scally.
team notes: Gio Reyna's father, Claudio, played against England for the United States in September 1994.
Head Coach Gregg Berhalter was an unused substitute when the United States hosted England in May 2005
 
4-3-3 Turner -
Dest (Moore), Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson -
McKennie (Aaronson), Adams, Musah -
Weah (Reyna), Wright (Sargent), Pulisic
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 169 days Appearances/Goals 30.6 4.1
 
    Match Report by Mike Payne

When England beat Iran in such emphatic fashion in their opening game, it was always going to be difficult to stomach what we saw when we played the USA in our second group match. To be honest, this was typical England, going from the sublime to the ridiculous. However, a clean sheet and four points, certainly puts us in the box seat before our last match, against Wales next week, a match where you can guarantee that you will see a very different Wales performance, because no-one likes to beat England more than the three other UK teams.

Before I go on, I must say that I was impressed with the Americans. They harried, hustled and nibbled at the England ankles all the way through the game, not letting up for a minute. England, meanwhile, struggled to get to grips in the midfield, with Declan Rice doing his job, but the two stars of the Iran display, Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka, could not get into this match with the same influence. England were too often second to the ball, and when we did have possession, there was little creativity shown in the forward passing.

It took ten minutes for a worthwhile chance to present itself, with England producing one of their better moves of the night down the right, Saka and Bellingham set up Harry Kane but Walker Zimmerman spread himself to deflect Kane's effort for a corner. From the kick, the ball eventually found Luke Shaw, who shot wildly over the bar. Those two incidents did give some encouragement, but as the game wore on the Americans pressing and closing down proved a real thorn to an England side which struggled to cope. Indeed, on 26 minutes the USA missed a fine chance to take the lead themselves. A cross came in from the right, England failed to clear and Weston McKennie had a clear sight of goal, but again the ball flew over the bar.

Three minutes later Yunus Musah fired in a shot that Jordan Pickford easily saved, but what was more alarming was the way in which the Americans kept taking the ball off the England players with consummate ease. Mason Mount was a prime example as he drove into the box only for the ball to be taken from him so casually. The USA then put in a move down the left on 33 minutes and so nearly broke the deadlock. The ball found Christian Pulisic and his shot rattled the crossbar before being cleared. From one England attack that was ended by a poor Mount cross, the American goalkeeper, Matt Turner, hit a long clearance and only a timely interception by John Stones cleared the danger. To be fair, Stones and Harry Maguire were both playing well but too often, when they had possession, the lack of movement in front of them gave them few options for a decent forward pass.

My notes after 40 minutes said, "England poor, USA, not bad", which sort of summed it up at that point. Funnily enough, in those last few minutes of the half Pulisic headed wide for the States, then Shaw got behind the defence to pull back for Saka to skew a shot over. And then, seconds from the end, Mount saw the goal open up before him. He fired in a decent shot, but the keeper was equal to it with a good save to tip the ball around a post. 0-0 at the break, but with England not firing on many cylinders, they had a lot to do after the restart. Rice was working hard, and doing his job well, but Bellingham, Mount and Saka just couldn't get past the tough tackling and organised Americans.​

The hustling of England by the relentless American pressure, kept England at bay, as every time England had possession, the ankles were being tapped, and no room was given to their players. It was certainly credit to the American fitness, but England had little creativity. On 58 minutes Maguire made a fine headed clearance from one of the mounting corner kick total of the US. With around 20 minutes to go, Gareth Southgate made some changes, bringing on Jack Grealish for the ineffective Raheem Sterling, and Jordan Henderson for Bellingham, who had been rather out thought this particular night.

At this point the game was rather scrappy with neither side wanting to lose and England not having the impetus to force a goal. One goal probably would have been enough and Southgate brought on Marcus Rashford for the disappointing Saka. A good cross from the right was cut out by the goalkeeper, who had shown excellent handling all through the match. More substitutions for the Americans, but little by way of goal action to report in the closing minutes. Rashford had a shot but Turner was equal to it for an easy save. With two of the added four minutes left, Kane had a clear chance to break the deadlock. Grealish was fouled, and from Shaw's free-kick, Kane put a header wide. It was a good chance but the England skipper could not quite send his header in the right direction.

So, the game ended goalless, and a point each was probably the fair result. The defence played well on the night, with Pickford doing nothing wrong, apart from moaning at everyone! Maguire and Stones gave nothing away and the two full-backs worked hard up and down the flanks. Elsewhere though, England were weak in both midfield and up front. Kane worked his socks off as always, but Sterling, Saka, Bellingham and Mount just couldn't deal with the continual harrying of the talented American side.

Let's hope the team play much better in their last game against a familiar foe. Certainly it is all to play for.

  

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
  FIFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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