England manager Gareth Southgate is set to name an unchanged squad for the World Cup match against England
USA on Friday, with Harry Kane ready to start.
Southgate decided to hand Bukayo Saka and Judd Bellingham his first World Cup honors in England’s first match of the tournament, and he was rewarded with a thrilling 6-2 victory over Iran.
Both found the target – Bellingham opened the scoring before Saka fired twice – along with Raheem Sterling and second-half substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish.
Kane, the England captain, is poised to lead the line despite making a sweep of his right foot after a challenge during the Iran match.
The 29-year-old was able to train with his teammates on Wednesday and Southgate later announced that the Tottenham Hotspur striker is available to play on Friday.
Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is also set to keep his place in the England starting line-up, for what will be his 50th international appearance.
There were some question marks over the 29-year-old’s participation after he was substituted in the second half of Iran’s win after complaining of illness.
However, Maguire made it clear he was fit to play against the USMNT in Thursday’s press conference.
“Obviously it was disappointing to have to walk off the field,” he said.
“I felt unwell in the second half but we have a great medical department. I did all the tests and have felt really good since then. I’ve been on the training ground for the last couple of days and I feel good and ready to go.”
Southgate is expected to keep his back four who worked well on Monday, with Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw playing either side of Maguire and John Stones.
Bellingham’s Declan Rice is expected to feature in midfield, with Mason Mount, Saka and Sterling playing behind Kane.
England have a number of in-form options to come off the bench, with Rashford and Grealish already making an impact as a substitute.
Eric Dear, Phil Foden, and Callum Wilson are also introduced. Wilson missed an on-field training session on Tuesday as he believes England are carefully handling the 30-year-old’s workload after returning from a hamstring injury earlier this season.
England are top of Group B and will secure qualification for the knockout stages if they beat the United States, who were occupied by Wales in the opening match.
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