25.11.2022
Sportsmail’s experts have their say on who will win between England and the United States

England face the United States on Friday in their eagerly-anticipated second group stage fixture.

After a 6-2 win against Iran, hopes are high that The Three Lions can secure another victory in Qatar.

Sportsmail’s experts Chris Sutton, Martin Keown, Ian Ladyman and Dominic King give their verdicts on how the game will go.

Chris Sutton – England 2 USA 1

I don’t want to brag, but it seems only three pundits said Japan would beat Germany — me and two pandas called Thuraya and Suhail, who have been doing their best impression of Paul the Octopus by delivering daily predictions for this World Cup.

Now I’m going for 2-1 to England and I hope Thuraya and Suhail say the same.

Martin Keown – England 2 USA 0

The USA like to play 100mph football, they’re all action and energy under Gregg Berhalter. England kick-started their campaign with a 6-2 win over Iran and I’m predicting they will get on a winning run, but with a more measured two-goal victory.

Ian Ladyman – England 2 USA 1

The Americans looked a decent side against Wales and will be fuelled by the desire to get a result that will keep them in contention in Group B. For England this will be a tougher test than the feebleness of Iran.

This will be a night that shows us exactly where England are in terms of their ability to go deep in the tournament and they will just about pass it.

Dominic King – England 3 USA 0

Gareth Southgate doesn’t do over-confidence but it was impossible not to detect in his mood on Thursday the total belief he has in this group of players. This is a big ask, on the other hand, for a young American team. So Harry Kane scores and England win comfortably.

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  • 27 минут назад 27.11.2022Sport
    World Cup: Wayne Rooney claims England fans booing 0-0 draw with the USA is ‘English prejudice’

    DC United manager Wayne Rooney has accused England fans of being too stubborn to recognize that the quality of American soccer is ever-improving after Three Lions supporters booed their 0-0 World Cup tie.

    Having started their World Cup campaign with a 6-2 thrashing of Iran, England regressed in Friday’s meeting with the US, which ended in stalemate.

    The USA impressed against the Three Lions and arguably had the better chances with Christian Pulisic smashing a strike against the crossbar in a gripping affair at the Qatar World Cup.

    Following the goalless affair, many English supporters were left unimpressed with their team’s tepid performance that saw just one meaningful shot on target, and boos could be heard inside the Al Bayt Stadium at full-time.

    However, DC United coach and former England international Rooney claimed the booing proved English supporters failed to recognize the ever-increasing quality of American soccer.

    In his column for The Times, Rooney wrote: ‘There was booing at the Al Bayt stadium at full-time in England’s 0-0 draw with the USA — which was crazy because the team being jeered had just more or less qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup.

    ‘I know England fans expect a lot, but sometimes in our football [soccer] culture we can be stubborn about recognizing the qualities of the opposition.

    ‘This is definitely true when it comes to football [soccer] in the USA. It is better than most people in England think. The standard of American players and American coaching is high and increasing in quality all the time.

    ‘The USA are a good side with a good manager and they play with an exceptional energy which can make them difficult opponents for any team. Not to accept that is simply English prejudice. If England had just drawn with Denmark, fans would not be booing, would they?’

    The United States at times looked like the stronger team than England and were not afraid to press their opposition or send numbers forward when the space to attack opened up.

    Former USMNT defender Alexi Lalas claimed postgame that the young team had proven that it ‘can hang with the best.’

    However, England full back Kieran Trippier said he understood the jeering from his own supporters.

    ‘Of course the fans want to see goals and to win matches,’ said Trippier when asked about the mixed reaction.

    ‘But all I can say to that is that the commitment from the boys is there, we give 100 percent in every single game.

    ‘Of course we understand the frustration because we didn’t win the game but we gave everything, a point is a good result.

    ‘The one thing about my team-mates and myself is we give everything, as soon as we cross that white line, we give everything to win.

    ‘Unfortunately, we didn’t win but it’s a good point – we kept a clean sheet, it is a good point for us in the group and we just move on now, focus on the next game.’

    There is still work to be done for Gregg Berhlater’s team, however, as it must beat Iran Tuesday to progress to the knockout stages of the tournament.

    After two draws against both Wales and England in its first two Group B games, another draw or a loss will not be enough.

    Meanwhile, England has all but clinched its spot in the last 16 with its third and final group game coming against neighbors Wales on Tuesday evening, with Rob Page’s men all-but eliminated having lost to Iran and drawn with the United States.

    England top Group B heading into the final game and know progress is assured so long as they avoid a 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

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  • 28 минут назад 27.11.2022Sport
    World Cup: Carlos Queiroz demands Jurgen Klinsmann resign over his criticism of Iran’s ‘culture’

    Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has hit back at Jurgen Klinsmann after his criticism of the way the side played against Wales.

    Queiroz’s side bounced back from a 6-2 thrashing against England in their opening game to beat Wales 2-0 and put Rob Page’s team on the brink of elimination.

    However, Klinsmann suggested that one of the factors for Iran’s success is their ability to ‘work the referee’ under Queiroz.

    The former Germany international was left unimpressed by Iran’s physical approach to the game, as they gave away 10 fouls and two bookings, leading him to claim that the approach was part of their ‘culture’ in comments many have criticized.

    Queiroz has now stepped to his team’s defense, issuing a stinging rebuttal in an open letter on Twitter.

    The coach slammed Klinsmann’s comments as a ‘disgrace’ to soccer. He also invited Klinsmann to the Iran camp to learn its ‘culture’ but only once he had resigned from his position as a member of FIFA’s Qatar 2022 Technical Study Group.

    He wrote: ‘Dear Jurgen;

    ‘You took the initiative to call me Carlos, so I believe it is proper to call you Jurgen. Right? Even not knowing me personally, you question my character with a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority.

    ‘No matter how much I can respect what you did inside the pitch, those remarks about Iran Culture, Iran National Team and my Players are a disgrace to Football. Nobody can hurt our integrity if it is not at our level, of course.

    ‘Even saying so, we would like to invite you as our guest, to come to our National Team Camp, socialize with Iran players and learn from them about the Country, the people of Iran, the poets and art, the algebra, all the millennial Persian culture and also listen from our players how much they love and respect Football.

    ‘As American/German, we understand your no support. No problem. And despite your outrageous remarks on BBC trying to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and skills, we promise you that we will not produce any judgments regarding your culture, roots and background and that you will always be welcome to our Family

    ‘At the same time, we just want to follow with full attention what will be the decision of FIFA regarding your position as a member of Qatar 2022 Technical Study Group. Because, obviously, we expect you to resign before you visit our camp.’

    Klinsmann’s comments came while he was on punditry duty for the BBC. He said: ‘Carlos fits really well with the national team and their culture, he failed in South America with Colombia and then failed to qualify with Egypt, and he came in right before the World Cup with Iran, where he worked for a long time.’

    Queiroz and Iran seem to be a match made in heaven following their latest triumph and Klinsmann believes that the way they play is no accident.

    ‘It is not by coincidence, it is part of their culture, how they play. They worked the referee. They work the linesman and fourth official, they are constantly in their ear. There were a lot of incidents we didn’t see,’ said the former USA manager.

    ‘This is their culture, they take you off your game.’

    Klinsmann then went on to make a controversial statement – stating that the outcome of the match could have been different with different officials in charge.

    ‘It would have been different with a different referee. They have five people around the referee. This did not play into the hands of Wales.’

    The win against Wales means that qualification from Group B is now in Iran’s hands.

    Queiroz’s side take on the USA in the final round of group stage games knowing that they are in control of their own fate – something not many could have predicted before the start of the tournament.

    Iran lost their opening game of the World Cup 6-2 against England and many began to write off their chances of progress.

    However, Iran bounced back with this 2-0 win against Wales thanks to goals from Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian.

    Iran fans will be hoping that their good form continues before their all-important clash against the USA.

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  • 2 часа, 27 минут назад 27.11.2022Sport
    England concluded an awful autumn campaign with an embarrassing loss to a depleted South Africa side

    England not only failed to beat a South Africa team robbed of nine first-choice stars but produced another shocking display at Twickenham to conclude an awful autumn campaign.

    These two teams met in the final of the last World Cup. Statistically speaking, that suggested England and South Africa were the No 1 and No 2 teams in the world at the end of 2019. A lot has changed since then and this game proved it.

    The Springboks fully deserved to lift the William Webb Ellis Cup four years ago. Their defeat of England in that Yokohama final was clinical and impressive. England didn’t fire that day.

    Since that game in Japan, Eddie Jones’ side has regressed badly. In his latest book, head coach Jones talks about his plan to ‘turn England into the world’s greatest team.’

    The reality is that right now, they are nowhere near achieving that aim.

    Their latest defeat came at the hands of a reserve South Africa side.

    The Springboks were without Handre Pollard, Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jasper Wiese, Trevor Nyakane, Vincent Koch, Lood de Jager and Duane Vermeulen for this game due to a combination of injury and unavailability. This game took place out of World Rugby’s designated Test window meaning South Africa’s foreign-based stars couldn’t play. It mattered little.

    The first half summed up everything that is wrong with England and Test rugby currently.

    England’s tactical kicking was beyond poor. Owen Farrell missed two penalties he would normally slot in his sleep. Farrell’s frustration at missing his second week was more than obvious.

    Freddie Steward made uncharacteristic errors of his own and his team were lucky not to go down to 14 men in the first half. Jones’ players were yet again guilty of poor discipline.

    The fact England managed only six seconds in the South African 22 in the opening 40 minutes told its own story. Away from the home struggles, there were also endless scrum resets and long delays.

    Referee Angus Gardner tried, and failed, to send the drinks carriers away. They are a blight on the game.

    South Africa didn’t let it bother them. The Springboks take plenty of pelters for their apparent endless physicality and little running rugby. That was not the case at Twickenham.

    Their first-half try, finished by the fine wing Kurt-Lee Arendse, was outstanding as they made England pay for a poor kick and even worse chase.

    England’s mass rotation at the interval showed exactly what Jones thought of his team’s first 40. On came Ellis Genge, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Will Stuart and Jack Nowell. It made no difference.

    As he had in the first half, South Africa fly-half Damian Willemse slotted a brilliant drop goal when the game resumed. The Twickenham crowd tried to rally their team.

    Pre-match, the fireworks and lightshow had lit up the home of English rugby. The same had taken place before the dramatic draw with New Zealand.

    But the unfortunate truth for Jones and his players is they have failed to back-up the off-the-field razzmatazz on the pitch.

    Jonny Hill’s needless throwing off Faf de Klerk, which meant an England penalty was turned back the other way, summed up more brainless home rugby.

    Hill’s stupid penalty concession gave South Africa the field position from which they forced Tom Curry to be yellow carded and then crossed for their second try.

    Even if Eben Etzebeth’s grounding might have looked suspect, South Africa’s dominance and England’s paucity was clear. Oasis’ Wonderwall rang out around Twickenham. There was nothing wonderous about this England display.

    Even when South Africa’s replacement Thomas du Toit was red carded, England huffed and puffed against 14 men. After being hit high by Du Toit, Cowan-Dickie’s line-out throw went all wrong. It summed up another evening to forget for England.

    They saved their worst display of the autumn for their last game which means Jones’ side go into a World Cup year miles off the pace of the best teams on the planet.

    Henry Slade’s late consolation can’t change that fact. Two losses, a draw, and only a win over Japan this month is not good enough for a team of England’s calibre.

    The home supporters were leaving in their droves even before the final whistle went.

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  • 2 часа, 27 минут назад 27.11.2022Sport
    World Cup: Mexico fans FUME at Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez’s exclusion after Argentina loss

    Mexican national team fans were extremely vocal on social media following the 2-0 lose to Argentina on Saturday.

    Most of the anger voiced by fans centered around the fact that Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez was not included in the squad by head coach Tata Martino, as they felt he would have made a huge difference in Saturday’s result.

    Mexico now sit at the bottom of Group C with only one game left in group stage play.

    The game remained deadlocked until the 64th minute when a Lionel Messi scored the game’s first goal following a classic moment of Messi magic.

    Just over 20 minutes later 21-year-old Enzo Fernandez scored a second from an amazing strike from the left side of the box to give the Argentinian’s a 2-0 lead that they would take to full time.

    Mexico on the other hand only registered one shot on goal and four shots in total, leading fans to grow increasingly frustrated.

    Mexico have yet to score through the first two group games and as some of the angered fans made sure to mention in their social media tirades the last Mexican to score in a World Cup was Chicharito himself back in 2018 against South Korea.

    One fan blasted: ‘IF CHICHARITO WAS THERE THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.’

    Another agreed, adding: ‘All I know is El Chicharito wouldn’t have let this happen smh.’

    Another laid the blame at boss Tata Martino’s door, accusing the manager of favoritism.

    They posted: ‘If tata martino would’ve called up players based off players performances rather then favoritism we would had a way better team. Chicharito, Carlos vela, Santi Giménez, and lainez would be there.’

    Another insisted that Hernandez would have found the back of the net, not once, but multiple times.

    They said: ‘Chicharito would’ve had a hat trick against this weak ass team.’

    Another branded the coach ‘the most foolish person ever as they wrote: ‘Argentina really tried this night but that Mexico coach is the most foolish person ever.

    ‘How will you leave two of your best players at home in person of Chicharito and Carlos Vela. Mexico attack is really useless.’

    Chicharito is not only one of the most heralded names in Mexican soccer, but he has also displayed fine form this season in Major League Soccer.

    In 39 appearances with the Los Angeles Galaxy, he recorded 19 goals and three assists in all competitions.

    18 of his 19 goals came from league play which was good enough to tie him for fourth place in the league in goals this season.

    One of the two players Chicharito finished the season tied with on goals was Jesus Ferreira, who was handed the United States No. 9 jersey in Qatar.

    Seeing as they now have only one point and sit in fourth place in the group El Tri will face an incredibly tough mountain to climb if they wish to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament.

    Mexico will first and foremost have to defeat Saudi Arabia by multiple goals in the final game of group play while, also hoping for a favorable result in the game between Argentina and Poland as it needs Saturday’s rivals to lose.

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  • 2 часа, 27 минут назад 27.11.2022Sport
    Sing when you’re winning! Lionel Messi conducts Argentina’s joyous dressing room celebrations

    Argentina players have celebrated winning their first World Cup match of the tournament following their comfortable 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday.

    Lionel Messi proved to be the difference after his 64th minute strike from outside the box crept into the corner to hand the South American side a much-needed victory.

    Argentina players were clearly relieved at avoiding a defeat that would have seen them eliminated from the competition after post-game celebrations emerged online.

    In a lengthy video post, players inside the dressing room can be seen dancing to loud South American music as they celebrate on-pitch success with a singsong.

    Players and team staff are shown standing on the sides with arms raised, some still in kit and other in the process of getting changed, with a chant being sung around the changing room.

    Messi is caught centre-stage with his top off and a smile stretched across his face as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner helps his side of tournament hopefuls avoid an early World Cup embarrassment.

    Other immediately recognisable faces include Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez who appears to be leading the antics as he jumps up and down on a centre console, while Paulo Dybala and Nicolas Otamendi are also caught on camera.

    Reports from inside the ground suggested that Argentina’s players were still celebrate their group stage success over an hour after the full-time whistle with one report describing the actions as ‘bedlam’.

    Argentina’s stars hopefully enjoyed their moment of emphatic release before heading back to their budget-friendly university accommodation that is a far-cry from some of the luxurious resorts other nations are staying in.

    The national team opted to be placed in the student digs so they can enjoy traditional beef barbecues and other South American traditions together in the Middle East.

    34-year-old Messi is playing in what is expected to be his last World Cup with the football sensation having already called time on his international career once before.

    Messi carries the weight of a nation on his bac with Argentina supporters desperate to see their hero emulate the success of national hero Diego Maradona who led the country to a 1986 World Cup title.

    The PSG forward has so far scored two goals in the tournament with Messi hoping to clinch the golden boot and World Cup title in Qatar.

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  • 2 часа, 27 минут назад 27.11.2022Sport
    Wallabies comeback sees Australia beat Wales in rugby union Test with Mark Nawaqanitawase starring

    The ‘eternal optimist’ Dave Rennie never lost hope in his injury-ravaged side, with the Wallabies producing a stunning 21-point comeback to beat Wales 39-34 in Cardiff to close out their spring tour.

    In one of the most incredible finishes to a Test in recent memory, young hooker Lachlan Lonergan crossed for the match-winning try with just 90 seconds remaining in the match, after the Dragons were reduced to 13 men.

    The win meant Australia avoided the unwanted 64-year first of having their worst calendar year since 1958, and no doubt relieved the pressure on Rennie after a rollercoaster end to the year.

    The Wallabies coach had to scramble to even fill a side against the former world no. 2, with 11 of the original 36-man spring tour squad unavailable: leaving Rennie 25 players from which to pick his 23-player game day team.

    The absence of players like Michael Hooper, Nic White, Dave Porecki and Taniela Tupou just gave the likes of rising stars Mark Nawaqanitawase, Lonergan and Len Ikitau a chance to shine.

    Nawaqanitawase in particular produced his best game in green and gold, scoring a second-half double and proving himself a nightmare for the Welsh defence all over the field.

    The fringe Waratah started the Super Rugby season on the bench, but Dave Rennie called him up to the spring tour squad while the then-uncapped 22-year-old was on holiday in New Zealand.

    And the rest, as they say, is history.

    ‘I guess that’s life,’ Nawaqanitawase said of his tough start to the Super Rugby season earlier in the year.

    ‘Things go up and down sometimes, but I’m grateful for where I am at the moment and I couldn’t score those tries without the boys.’

    The electric winger said the inexperienced side wasn’t deterred by the outside noise prior to the match, and said the win proved the Wallabies could compete with the best ahead of the World Cup next year.

    ‘As you can see by the other games, we’ve only lost by a point to the top teams so don’t lose faith in us,’ he said.

    ‘We’ve got a strong team here. We back ourselves so hopefully everyone else backs us as well.’

    Wales, who have been in a form slump of their own this year, dropping down seven ranking points to sit just behind Australia at no. 8, cruised to a 20-6 margin with less than half an hour played – and it looked like the Wallabies were set for yet another loss.

    Skipper James Slipper then copped a head knock and was forced from the field, meaning Rennie was forced to call on back-up Sam Talakai; astonishingly the 51st player to be used by the Wallabies in an injury-ravaged 2022.

    Crafty play by Folau Fainga’a after a powerful rolling maul gave Australia their first try in the 33rd minute; but Wales continued to pile on the pressure, and were up 34-13 with just 23 minutes remaining.

    From there, carnage.

    Two brilliant tries to Nawaqanitawase in the 57th and 67th minutes sparked Australia into action, bringing the deficit back to seven points with just over 10 to go.

    A penalty try cut the margin to just two with seven minutes remaining, and the stage was set for a thrilling conclusion.

    From a maul just seven metres out from their attacking try line, a sweeping move and a Welsh error found the back-up hooker out on the wing.

    Lonergan scooped it up and scored with a spectacular swan dive, giving the inexperienced side the win with just seconds on the clock.

    ‘Pretty stoked,’ Lonergan laughed after the match in Stan Sport’s broadcast.

    ‘We were in the trenches there in the first half. At the start of the game, all we wanted to do was get a result and do whatever we had to do to do that.

    ‘At halftime we came together and said ‘we need to get a result’. Obviously our captain went down with that head knock. So as a team, we said we had to do it for him, our country, do it for Australia.’

    The incredible comeback win relieved pressure on the under-fire Rennie – who has continued to face mounting criticism over the team’s rollercoaster performances ahead of the World Cup in France next September.

    The New Zealand native now looks certain to lead the Wallabies to next year’s tournament, and he was particularly proud with the way in which they won based on the typical Aussie characteristics of grit, toughness and never-say-die attitude.

    ‘I’m the eternal optimist. Honestly, I genuinely felt with 20 to go and down by 21, there was plenty of time,’ he said after the match.

    ‘It was a game around momentum. We had all the momentum late in the game.

    ‘(There was a) Huge amount of ticker within our group. We had a number of guys who played in the Italy game and it was a chance for redemption today. We’ve had a number of young guys who really fronted up. We’re stoked. It’s a nice way to finish.

    ‘We haven’t beaten Wales for a while, so that’s positive. You get that monkey off your back. It’s more around the fight within the group. We had a pretty short training week.

    ‘We battled for a while but came home really strong. Rapt with the courage and character within the group,’ said a happy, but no doubt relieved, Rennie.

    For his part, Stan commentator, and former Wallabies legend Tim Horan, said he didn’t ever really think Rennie’s job was in trouble.

    ‘I don’t think he’s ever lost the dressing room,’ he said on the broadcast.

    ‘James Slipper this week talked about the belief they have. There’s been a lot of injuries, which hasn’t helped. That’s a great performance. That last 20 minutes was some of the best Wallabies performance we’ve seen this year.’

    Instead, it is now Wales coach Pivac who will now face the firing line after the Dragons lost nine of their last 12 Tests.

    And how will the Wallabies celebrate finishing their long tour and rollercoaster year with a win?

    ‘You know exactly what’s gonna happen,’ Lonergan told Stan commentator Drew Mitchell after the match with a twinkle in his eye and thoughts of beer in his heart.

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