Despite entering the tournament on the back of a poor run, England made a dream start to the 2022 World Cup with a dominant 6-2 win over Iran on Monday.
Gareth Southgate’s side have now ignited hopes that they can echo their success at the last World Cup in Russia in 2018, when they reached the semi-finals.
The next Group B clash they have to navigate comes at the end of the week against the USA, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales in their opening match – here’s how to watch it live.
What time is England vs USA?
England vs USA kicks off at 7pm UK time (Qatar is three hours ahead) on Friday 25 November, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
This fixture is being aired live on ITV, with coverage starting at 6.05pm – Mark Pougatch will host, with commentary from Sam Matterface and Lee Dixon.
Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Ian Wright are providing analysis, with additional reporting from Laura Woods, Karen Carney and Gabriel Clarke.
Southgate’s side then play their final group stage fixture, an all-British affair against Wales, at 7pm on Tuesday 29 November.
That will be shown live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 6pm. Gary Lineker will anchor the broadcast, with Guy Mowbray and Danny Gabbidon commentating.
Can I watch England on BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub?
All matches at the 2022 World Cup are available to live stream free on either BBC iPlayer or, as in the case of the USA game, the new ITVX hub, depending on which broadcaster has the rights to that fixture.
As per the TV licensing website, you need to pay for a TV licence to watch BBC iPlayer, and this applies for “live, catch-up or on-demand,” with “any device and provider you use”.
It adds: “Don’t forget, you still need a TV licence to watch live on any channel, TV service or streaming service.” This means that you also need one to watch live World Cup action on the ITV Hub service.
What can you expect from England vs USA?
Much of the narrative around Southgate’s side has centred around Harry Kane’s ankle.
The captain went down gripping his right foot in pain after being caught by a poor Morteza Pouraliganji challenge shortly after half-time in his side’s victory over Iran.
However, team mates are optimistic that Kane will be fine, and Jordan Pickford allayed concerns when speaking to the media ahead of the clash.
The goalkeeper said: “I think he is good, probably just a little bit sore. I’m sure he is fine, he was out on the grass with us today which is good. He is our captain.”
USA defender Walker Zimmerman, meanwhile, said that he was relishing the chance to come up against the Spurs striker.
He said: “I always enjoy playing matches where you’re lined up with someone who’s supposed to be world class. That’s a great measuring stick for myself as an individual. It’s a great challenge for the team.”
The centre-back also made reference to how USA beat England 1-0 at the 1950 World Cup – arguably the Three Lions’ most embarrassing defeat – as well as holding them to a 1-1 draw at the 2010 tournament.
He said: “We can look on those moments and I think Americans really thrive on being the underdogs. It adds to that competitive spirit that I think we carry, especially with this group.”
What is England’s path to the final?
If England top their group, they will play their second-round fixture against the runners-up in Group A at 7pm on Sunday 4 December.
Coming second will mean a clash with the winners of that group on Saturday 3 December, kicking off at 3pm.
With Qatar seemingly the weakest outfit in Group A, it means England’s most likely second-round opponents will be one of the Netherlands, Senegal and Ecuador.
Regardless of their second round clash, if victorious, the quarter-final will be played on Friday 9 December (at either 3pm or 7pm).
If they win their group, they are in line to face France in the quarter-finals, provided the reigning champions topped Group D and overcame their second round opponents, most likely Mexico or Poland.
Coming second in their group would potentially mean England play Argentina in the quarter-final, as long as they top theirs and overcome Denmark, the most likely runners-up in Group D.
Things get a little more complicated in the semi-finals, with any of the teams in the other side a potential opponent, depending on how they (and England) fared in the groups.
This means Southgate’s side could be drawn against the likes of Spain, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal or Uruguay.
And if they do make it all the way to the final, England can essentially play any side that they haven’t already beaten in the group stages for their shot at glory.