England wary of USA over World Cup excitement – ​​Orange County Register

BY JAMES ROBSON The Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar — England scored six goals in their World Cup opener against Iran, but it was the two conceded that worried coach Gareth Southgate and gave hope to the United States.

“We ended up looking sloppy,” said Southgate of Monday’s 6-2 win over Iran. He also warned that the USA would go “full throttle” in Friday’s (11am, Ch. 11) Group B game.

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

A USA win over England might not be on the scale of Saudi Arabia, but against one of the tournament favourites, Gregg Berhalter’s side are undoubtedly the underdog.

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

His message to the players was clear: they must do better against the USA team, who drew 1-1 with Wales in the first group game.

“They’re a top-flight nation with a lot of top-flight players who’ve played in the Premier League that we’ve encountered,” said England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. “But it’s about us being 100 percent there as a team. It’s about taking the result from Iran and going into the US game positively.”

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