England can take a major step towards qualifying from Group B with a win against the USA in their next game on Friday night.
Iran – whom Gareth Southgate’s side beat 6-2 on Monday – defeated Wales 2-0 in the day’s first game, meaning a comfortable win tonight will guarantee qualification for the Three Lions and first place in of the group is almost certain.
However, the USA will be keen to extend their good World Cup record against England and keep their own qualifying hopes alive – so you can watch tonight’s game.
What TV channel is England vs USA on today?
England vs USA kick-off is at 7pm tonight (UK time – Qatar is three hours ahead) at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor and will be broadcast live on ITVwith reporting from 6:05 p.m.
Mark Pougatch will moderate the coverage with commentary from Sam Matterface and Lee Dixon.
Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Ian Wright provide analysis, with additional reporting from Laura Woods, Karen Carney and Gabriel Clarke.
The 2022 World Cup will be broadcast entirely on free-to-air television in the UK BBC and itv share rights.
This means England’s clash with the USA over the new is available to live stream for free ITVX streaming hub.
When does England play next?
The Southgate side will then play their final group stage game, an all-British affair against Wales 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29.
The Group B winner would play a second round match against the runners-up (most likely Senegal or Ecuador) in Group A on Sunday, December 4 at 7pm.
Second place in their group means a clash with Group A winners – likely the Netherlands – on Saturday 3 December, kick-off at 3pm.
England’s quarter-finals would then be played on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December depending on whether they top their group, with a possible semi-final on Tuesday 13th or Wednesday 14th December.
It’s a big if, but if they make it to the end, the final will be played at Lusail Iconic Stadium on Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m.
What can you expect from England vs USA?
The big news for England is that Harry Kane has been cleared for Friday night’s start.
His fitness has overshadowed preparation for the game after a tough challenge during the Iran game, with the striker subsequently having a foot scan.
Southgate reassured fans ahead of the USA game: “Harry is fine. He came through training without any problems, so yes, it would be a brave decision to leave him out of the starting XI!”
Kane’s availability is a huge boost for Southgate, who in the midst of a hectic season is balancing the rigors of tournament football with the need to qualify from the group.
Harry Maguire is fit after his unwell match against Iran and will be capped for his 50th cap, while Kyle Walker is hoping for his first cap following groin surgery in October.
England have played the USA twice in previous World Cups and are still without a win – losing in 1950 still stands as arguably the tournament’s biggest upset of all time, and the nations also drew 1-1 in 2010.
And her manager urged his side to make history by changing that on Friday: “We have to try to make history, number one.
“We’re good at it, we’re good at talking up ourselves as a nation on the basis of very little evidence.
“So what we have to do is play on the field and we know we’re going to play against a highly motivated side, but we have a lot of respect for our opponent.”
Gregg Berhalter’s young USA side boast some talented players, with the Premier League being home to key players such as Christian Pulisic, Brenden Aaronson and captain Tyler Adams.
After a 1-1 draw with Wales on Monday, they are keen to secure another memorable result against England before taking on Iran on Tuesday, which could have a major impact on Group B qualifying.