ATLANTA, GEORGIA—If England defeats the USA on Friday night, they will guarantee their place in the World Cup’s last-16 round. Having not triumphed in a competitive match for more than a year before traveling to the Middle East, the Three Lions’ resounding 6-2 victory over Iran on Monday assuaged any concerns regarding their form competing.
After Gareth Bale’s late penalty kick, which the USA had been winning against Wales earlier in the day, they were forced to settle for a point. If Gareth Southgate and the company lost, it would be difficult for them to join in the knockout rounds.
Against Iran, Gareth Southgate’s bold decisions and switch to a 4-3-3 system paid off, but he might prefer a more defensive 3-4-3 against the United States.
If so, Harry Maguire, who was substituted on Monday, is expected to join Eric Dier in a back three together with John Stones and another player. Raheem Sterling and Buyayo Saka both scored against Iran, therefore, they should remain in their positions. Kyle Walker will try to stay healthy so that he may join the team. Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest for the USA recovered from injuries to their groins and fatigue in time to start against Wales. Brenden Aaronson of Leeds, a substitute, is hoping to start.