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FIFA World Cup 2022: England wary of upset against United States

England scored six goals in its opening World Cup game against Iran, but it was the two it conceded that concern coach Gareth Southgate and provide hope for the United States

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England Football team practicing in  Qatar. Photo:@england
England Football team practicing in Qatar | Photo:@england

scored six goals in its opening World Cup game against Iran, but it was the two it conceded that concern coach Gareth Southgate and provide hope for the .

By the end we looked sloppy, said Southgate of the 6-2 win over Iran on Monday. He also warned the U.S. would be coming full-throttle in Friday's Group B match.

The tournament has already produced some shocking results, including Saudi Arabia's win against Argentina and Japan's upset over Germany.

A win for the U.S. over would not be on the scale of Saudi Arabia's win - but Gregg Berhalter's team is undoubtedly the underdog against one of the tournament favorites.

The two goals conceded against Iran gave Southgate something to focus on in an otherwise encouraging performance.

His message to the players has been clear: They will need to be better against the U.S. team that tied 1-1 with Wales in its opening group game.

They're a top nation with a lot of top players who have played in the Premier League and who we've come up against, said goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

But it's about us as a squad being 100%. It's about us taking the result from Iran and going into the U.S. game positive.

One of those Premier League plays is Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic, a point of focus for England's defense.

He's good with both feet, very clinical, Pickford said.

We've got to be wary of him.

A win for England would see it qualify for the round of the 16 with a game still to play - but the fate of Lionel Messi and Argentina is proof nothing can be taken for granted.

It's what World Cup is all about, said Pickford. There are going to be surprises.

U.S. goalkeeper Matt Turner is predicting more of them at the World Cup.

You see that the world of is levelling out in a lot of ways, he said.

Teams have game plans. Teams have been investing in their youth academies over a number of years."

I think the message is when you have one team that's bought into the same message, you can beat anyone on any given day.

If U.S. is to produce the latest surprise of the competition, it will have to contain an England attack that was ruthless in the match against Iran, which featured two goals by Bukayo Saka.

I think it's pretty clear he's one of the young stars of world football, said his Arsenal teammate Turner.

He's a top, top player and you don't need me to tell anybody on our team how much of a threat that he poses in the game. He's scoring goals in a variety of ways. He's really developed, matured.

Dutch not expected to emulate Germany

The Netherlands is not expected to emulate Germany by making a gesture to protest host nation Qatar’s human rights record before Friday’s game against Ecuador. 

Germany’s players covered their mouths for the team photo ahead of their match against Japan on Wednesday to protest Fifa’s clampdown on the “One Love” armbands. Seven European teams, including the Netherlands and Germany, had planned to wear the item in a move seen as a rebuke to Qatar. 

Qatar has been criticised for its laws against homosexuality and its treatment of migrant workers, who helped build stadiums, metro lines, roads and hotels.

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First Published: Thu, November 24 2022. 22:50 IST