After a solid 6-2 win over Iran suddenly the English engine is not as well oiled as we thought. The ‘Three Lions’ were held to a goalless draw against the USA in their second World Cup match. And they were happy about it. Although England started well after Kane had a chance, the USA took control of the game after that. Sometimes with clever combinations and great possibilities. McKenney shot carelessly from close range and Pulisic hit the crossbar.
The Americans were also impressive in the second half. The midfield – fronted by Adams and Musa – was dominant against Bellingham and Link. Meanwhile, the ‘Three Lions’ have missed their rhythm – a lackluster performance from Gareth Southgate’s troops. No scoring – already the fifth 0-0 in this World Cup. Despite dropping points, England lead Group B, where anything is still possible.
Southgate: “There will always be less competition”
“I know it will be difficult to bring it back to the mat after a performance like that in our first game,” England coach Gareth Southgate said. “It could have been better, especially in the last half hour, but I don’t think we did it badly. We defended closely against an opponent who kept pushing. We didn’t see ourselves creating a good chance.
“I don’t expect to sweep every opponent off the mat. You always have less competition in a competition. It is important that you reach a conclusion by referring to other qualities. Although we are down to gold today, I am satisfied with silver. If we win our last game (against Wales on Tuesday, Ed.), this point will give us the group win. Group survival is always the most important thing. You have three matches for that. We were already confident after two of the previous two matches, but it was unrealistic to think that we would always win.
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