Following a convincing victory in their initial 2022 World Cup match, England will try to increase their chances of taking first place in Group B when they face the USA on Friday night at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

On Monday, the Three Lions started their campaign by scoring six against Iran, while the Stars and Stripes were forced to split the victory with Wales in their first match.

A poor winless UEFA Nations League season caused excitement surrounding Gareth Southgate’s team to decline coming to Qatar following memorable highs of reaching the World Cup semi-finals four years ago and then the final of Euro 2020.

The Three Lions, on the other hand, raced to their biggest-ever win in the opening game of a major event, a 6-2 victory over Iran, as the nation’s expectations were raised in a decisive manner.

In a commanding first-half performance, Bukayo Saka scored either side of goals from Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling. Substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish then added goals after the break.

Southgate was “fired up” after Iran’s Mehdi Taremi scored two consolation goals, despite his team’s performance in a game that had nearly 30 minutes of stoppage time over the course of the two halves. The England coach has in fact urged his players to sharpen their attention.

England will take on the United States looking to win their first two World Cup group games for the fourth time, having previously done it in 1982, 2006, and 2018. They earned all three points against Iran. Southgate and co. defeated Panama, who missed out on a spot in Qatar after placing second to the United States in CONCACAF qualifying, 6-1 in their second World Cup match.

With a total of 39 goals scored in their eight victories over the USA across all competitions, England will be looking to make it nine on Friday in an effort to advance to the round of 16.

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