After taking Iran apart in their first group game at this World Cup, England are already dreaming of another deep tournament run under Gareth Southgate.
And they will be heavily fancied again when they take on a USA side who were held by Wales in their opening fixture.
However, it is worth remembering that the last time these sides were last paired in a World Cup group stage (South Africa 2010), the United States finished first to England’s second following a 1-1 draw between the two.
Below are the predicted lineups for both teams ahead of this Group B clash.
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England vs USA lineups
The burning question for both sides going into this game has been whether Harry Kane might be fit after picking up an ankle knock against Iran.
There were no great fears that the striker had sustained a tournament-ending injury, but it had been posited that he might miss out against the US as a precaution.
However, Southgate emphatically put those suggestions out of mind, saying: “Harry is good. It would be a brave decision to leave him out of the starting line-up!”
Responses to that team news are likely to have contrasted sharply on either side of the Atlantic.
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England predicted starting 11
England (4-3-3 right to left): 1. Pickford (GK) — 12. Trippier, 5. Stones, 6. Maguire, 3. Shaw — 22. Bellingham, 4. Rice, 19. Mount — 17. Saka, 9. Kane, 10. Sterling
- Injured: Maddison
- Suspended: None
With Harry Maguire having recovered from the dizziness that forced him off against Iran and Kane available, Southgate has the opportunity to name the same 11.
James Maddison will miss out on the squad again as he continues his recovery.
USA predicted starting 11
United States (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Turner (GK) — 2. Dest, 3. Zimmerman, 13. Ream, 5. Robinson — 11. Aaronson, 4. Adams, 6. Musah — 21. Weah, 24. Sargent, 10. Pulisic.
- Injured: none
- Suspended: none
Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah, Weston McKennie and Timothy Weah all trained on Thursday despite picking up knocks against Wales.
Gio Reyna is also fit again after a hamstring issue, while Brenden Aaronson is an option in midfield having only come off the bench last time out.
England vs USA World Cup squads
Here are the 26 names on each team’s squad lists at the World Cup in Qatar:
|GK||1||Jordan Pickford||Everton (ENG)||28||45|
|GK||13||Nick Pope||Newcastle United (ENG)||30||10|
|GK||23||Aaron Ramsdale||Arsenal (ENG)||24||3|
|DEF||18||Trent Alexander-Arnold||Liverpool (ENG)||24||17|
|DEF||16||Conor Coady||Everton (ENG)||29||10|
|DEF||15||Eric Dier||Tottenham (ENG)||28||47|
|DEF||7||Harry Maguire||Manchester United (ENG)||29||48|
|DEF||3||Luke Shaw||Manchester United (ENG)||27||23|
|DEF||5||John Stones||Manchester City (ENG)||28||59|
|DEF||12||Kieran Trippier||Newcastle United (ENG)||32||37|
|DEF||2||Kyle Walker||Manchester City (ENG)||32||70|
|DEF||21||Ben White||Arsenal (ENG)||25||4|
|MID||22||Jude Bellingham||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||19||17|
|MID||26||Conor Gallagher||Chelsea (ENG)||22||4|
|MID||8||Jordan Henderson||Liverpool (ENG)||32||70|
|MID||19||Mason Mount||Chelsea (ENG)||23||32|
|MID||14||Kalvin Phillips||Manchester City (ENG)||26||23|
|MID||4||Declan Rice||West Ham United (ENG)||23||34|
|MID||25||James Maddison||Leicester City (ENG)||25||1|
|MID||20||Phil Foden||Manchester City (ENG)||21||18|
|FWD||24||Callum Wilson||Newcastle (ENG)||30||4|
|FWD||7||Jack Grealish||Manchester City (ENG)||27||24|
|FWD||9||Harry Kane||Tottenham (ENG)||29||75|
|FWD||11||Marcus Rashford||Manchester United (ENG)||24||46|
|FWD||17||Bukayo Saka||Arsenal (ENG)||21||20|
|FWD||10||Raheem Sterling||Manchester City (ENG)||27||79|
|GK||12||Ethan Horvath||Luton Town (ENG)||27||8|
|GK||25||Sean Johnson||NYCFC (USA)||33||10|
|GK||1||Matt Turner||Arsenal (ENG)||28||18|
|DEF||13||Tim Ream||Fulham (ENG)||35||46|
|DEF||20||Cameron Carter-Vickers||Celtic (SCO)||24||10|
|DEF||2||Sergino Dest||AC Milan (ITA)||21||17|
|DEF||15||Aaron Long||NY Red Bulls (USA)||30||29|
|DEF||18||Shaq Moore||Nashville SC (USA)||26||15|
|DEF||5||Antonee Robinson||Fulham (ENG)||25||28|
|DEF||26||Joe Scally||Gladbach (GER)||19||2|
|DEF||22||DeAndre Yedlin||Inter Miami (USA)||29||74|
|DEF||3||Walker Zimmerman||Nashville SC (USA)||29||31|
|MID||23||Kellyn Acosta||LAFC (USA)||27||52|
|MID||4||Tyler Adams||Leeds United (ENG)||23||19|
|MID||8||Weston McKennie||Juventus (ITA)||24||34|
|MID||6||Yunus Musah||Valencia (SPA)||19||18|
|MID||17||Cristian Roldan||Seattle Sonders (USA)||27||32|
|MID||14||Luca de la Torre||Celta Vigo (SPA)||24||12|
|FWD||11||Brenden Aaronson||Leeds United (ENG)||21||21|
|FWD||7||Gio Reyna||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||19||11|
|FWD||9||Jesus Ferreira||FC Dallas (USA)||21||12|
|FWD||16||Jordan Morris||Seattle Sounders (USA)||27||47|
|FWD||19||Haji Wright||Antalyaspor (TUR)||24||3|
|FWD||10||Christian Pulisic||Chelsea (ENG)||24||50|
|FWD||24||Josh Sargent||Norwich City (ENG)||22||19|
|FWD||21||Timothy Weah||LOSC Lille (FRA)||22||24|