England missed a chance to book their place in the World Cup last 16 as Gareth Southgate’s side produced a limp display in their 0-0 draw against the United States on Friday.
Southgate’s men would have been guaranteed to advance from Group B with a victory in their second game of the tournament, but they rarely troubled a determined US team.Having thrashed Iran 6-2 on Monday, England lacked the urgency they showed in their opening game and were booed off at full-time.
They managed just one shot on target and could easily have conceded in the first half when the US were in control for long periods at the Al Bayt Stadium.For the third time in three World Cup meetings with the US, England failed to live up to their status as favourites.After a shocking defeat in the 1950 tournament and a 1-1 draw in 2010, this was another defiant American effort against England, cooling some of the hype around the Three Lions following the Iran rout.
The U.S. will play England at 2 p.m. ET on Friday in Qatar, with Tim Weah’s parents in the stands. His father, George Weah, was a star player in the ’90s but never made it to the World Cup himself. https://t.co/vSTWTiwSCT
— NPR (@NPR) November 25, 2022
First scoreless draw for @usmnt in World Cup history as USA and England draw 0-0.
Just 1 goal in Qatar through 2 games, but U.S. went toe to toe with one of best teams in the world today.
— Jeff Kolb (@JeffKolbFOX4) November 25, 2022