England can take a significant step towards qualification from Group B with a win against the USA in their next match on Friday night.
Iran – who Gareth Southgate’s side dispatched 6-2 on Monday – beat Wales 2-0 in the first game of the day, meaning a clear victory tonight will guarantee qualification for the Three Lions, and all but wrap up top spot in the group.
However, the USA will be keen to extend their fine World Cup record against England and keep their own qualification hopes alive – here’s how to watch tonight’s game.
What TV channel is England vs USA on today?
England vs USA kicks off at 7pm tonight (UK time – Qatar is three hours ahead) at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, and is being broadcast live on ITV, with coverage starting at 6.05pm.
Mark Pougatch will host the coverage, 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.
The 2022 World Cup is being broadcast entirely on free-to-air television in the UK with BBC and ITV sharing the rights.
This means that England’s clash with the USA is available to live stream free via the new ITVX streaming hub.
When are England playing next?
Southgate’s side will then play their final group stage fixture, an all-British affair against Wales, at 7pm on Tuesday 29 November.
Winning Group B would set up a second-round fixture against the runners-up (most likely Senegal or Ecuador) in Group A at 7pm on Sunday 4 December.
Coming second in their group will mean a clash with the winners of Group A – probably the Netherlands – on Saturday 3 December, kicking off at 3pm.
England’s quarter-final would then be held over Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December, depending on if they top their group, with a potential semi-final on Tuesday 13 or Wednesday 14 December.
It’s a big if, but if they make it all the way the final is being played at the Lusail Iconic Stadium at 3pm on Sunday 18 December.
What can you expect from England vs USA?
The big news for England is that Harry Kane has been cleared to start on Friday night.
His fitness has overshadowed the build-up to the fixture after a heavy challenge during the Iran fixture, with the striker subsequently having a scan on his foot.
Southgate reassured fans ahead of the USA game: “Harry’s good. He came through training no problems so yes, it would be a brave decision to leave him out of the starting team!”
The availability of Kane is a huge boost for Southgate, who has to weigh up the rigours of tournament football in the middle of a hectic season with the need to qualify from the group.
Harry Maguire is fit again after going off against Iran feeling unwell and will win his 50th cap, while Kyle Walker is hoping to make his first appearance having recovered from groin surgery in October.
England have faced the US twice in previous World Cups, and are still without a win – defeat in 1950 still ranks as arguably the tournament’s biggest upset of all time and the nations also drew 1-1 in 2010.
And their manager called on his side to make history by changing this on Friday: “We have to try and make history, number one.
“We are good at that, we are good at talking highly of ourselves as a nation on the basis of very little evidence.
“So what we’ve got to do is perform on the field and we know that we’ll play a highly motivated team but we’ve got huge respect for our opponent.”
Gregg Berhalter’s young USA side boast some talented players, with the Premier League providing the home for key men like Christian Pulisic, Brenden Aaronson and captain Tyler Adams.
Having been held to a 1-1 draw by Wales on Monday, they are desperate to secure another memorable result against England ahead of their clash with Iran on Tuesday, which could have major ramifications for who qualifies from Group B.