Starting XI to be unchanged as Harry Kane and Harry Maguire passed fit with Three Lions out to book last-16 spot in World Cup

Gareth Southgate is set to stick with the team that thrashed Iran for England’s second World Cup 2022 group game against USA on Friday night.

The Three Lions dispatched Carlos Queiroz’s side 6-2 in a perfect start to their campaign in Qatar and Southgate is expected to name the same starting XI for the second Group B fixture.

England were rampant against Iran on Monday

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England were rampant against Iran on Monday

Bukayo Saka was a shining light, having netted twice in the match

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Bukayo Saka was a shining light, having netted twice in the match

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka netted twice and the impressive Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham was also on target in the victory.

Raheem Sterling also netted before substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish rounded off a resounding victory.

England boss Southgate is now preparing to stick with the same team and formation for the clash on Friday, where victory will book them a spot in the last 16.

There were fears over captain Harry Kane but the Tottenham striker has been cleared to play after a scan on a foot injury.

In-form Arsenal starlet Saka and Chelsea forward Sterling will line up behind Kane once again, with Mason Mount playing more centrally in front of Bellingham and Declan Rice.

Grealish will again be used as impact substitute

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Grealish will again be used as impact substitute

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is fit to start in central defence alongside John Stones after coming off against Iran with an illness.

Kieran Trippier again gets the nod over Trent Alexander-Arnold and the fit-again Kyle Walker at right-back.

James Maddison is the only player of the 26-man squad who will not feature as he continues to battle an injury.

England can secure a place in the last 16 of the World Cup with victory over the US and Southgate wants his team to keep thinking big.

Southgate is looking to go one better than at last summer’s Euros, where England lost the final on penalties to Italy, which followed on from reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The England manager believes such progression shows his players are putting the nation firmly back on the footballing map.

“We feel that we can be competitive for years to come and that has to be the aim really, to have a sustained challenge in the latter stages on the big competitions, we haven’t done that for years and years,” he said.

“These players are putting our country on the map really. They are regaining our respectability on the world stage and we have got to keep doing that.”

How England are set to line up against USA:

How England should line-up against USA

How England should line-up against USA

talkSPORT is offering wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup with every game live. Tune into our commentary of England vs USA on Friday night, kick-off 7pm.

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