England wants to settle qualification to the round of 16 of Qatar 2022 on the fast track when they face the United States on Friday in a duel that can test his ‘Kane-dependence’. The match between the ‘Three Lions’ and the Americans will be broadcast on the screen of Gol Caracol and www.golcaracol.com, starting at 2 in the afternoon. As usual, an hour before, we will have the digital preview.
The injury to the right ankle of Harry Kane, their captain and great gunner, was the negative note of England’s dazzling debut in Group B, in which they overwhelmed Iran 6-2 with one of the best performances so far of the championship.
The 29-year-old Tottenham striker received a tough tackle in the 50th minute but manager Gareth Southgate held on for another 26 minutes to remove him from the pitch when the score already reflected a 5-1 lead.
Kane did not see the goal against the Iranians but he facilitated the movements and targets of his young squires, such as Saka, Marcus Rashford or Jude Bellingham, the new pearl of the ‘Three Lions’ who could be measured against his friend and teammate at Borussia Dortmund Gio Reyna.
Kane left the field with a slight limp, but Southgate tried to downplay the injury at the press conference.
“I think Harry is fine. It seemed like a bad shot, but he continued in the match. We substituted him because we felt we could afford it at that point in the game.“, he explained.
The captain underwent tests on his ankle but the team has remained uncertain about his presence for Friday’s second game against the United States at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, where a win would mathematically place them in the round of 16.
At first glance, Southgate has an exuberant roster of attackers to rest Kane if necessary, but the numbers show his importance in the team.
With 51 goals in 76 appearances, the tall forward has scored 35% of his country’s goals in the matches he has played since his debut in March 2015.
-A family affair-
The United States, for their part, will face their big test of the group with the need to quickly learn the lessons that the initial 1-1 draw against Wales left them.
With order and dynamic football, the North Americans, practically all debutants in a World Cup, dismantled the metallurgical game of the Welsh team in the first half.
Tim Weah, the son of former Liberian star George Weah, opened the scoring but the United States could not resist the Welsh aerial harassment of the second half which ended with Gareth Bale’s equalizer from a penalty.
Gregg Berhalter’s charges will come under different pressure on Friday against an England side, who, unlike their neighboring nation, have fast ball circulation and sharp wingers.
The United States, in any case, should not be surprised by the approach of a very familiar rival.
Eight of his players, including goalkeeper Matt Turner (Arsenal) and star Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), are active in English teams and three were even born in that country.
One of them, the young Gio Reyna, was born in 2002 in Sunderland when his father, the four-time World Cup player Claudio Reyna, played for that team.
Considered the top talent of the new American crop, Reyna watched the entire game against Wales on the bench.
The small winger, who just turned 20, was booked by Berhalter but is expected to make his debut against his country of birth. Opposite him would be his teammate Bellingham, one of his biggest supports over the past two injury-plagued seasons.
“He is definitely my best friend in Dortmund”Reina explained. “We have a very close relationship on and off the pitch (…) Obviously it has been a difficult year for me but he has been the one who has been the most interested, making sure that everything was fine.”
Another of the doubts in the American eleven is the position of center forward, in which the Colombian-American Jesús Ferreira could debut.
The young FC Dallas striker, born in Santa Marta, was relegated from the starting lineup against Wales by Josh Sargent despite the fact that he had been the owner of the place in the final stretch of the Concacaf qualifiers.
england vs usa
Al Bayt Stadium
Start of the match: 2:00 pm (Colombian time)
Start of the preview: 1:00 pm (Colombian time)
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