The USA returns to the Men’s World Cup, all matches available on FOX, FS1, and the FOX Sports App.
After an 8-year hiatus, the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) returns to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar (their 11th appearance in the global tournament). While the U.S. features the youngest team in the tournament, hopes are high for the 16th-ranked nation in the world, as they contend in a highly-competitive Group B with matches against Wales, England and Iran.
This is the 22nd time the World Cup has been played, but it marks the first time it’ll be played in the winter — a response to Qatar’s all-consuming 120-degree heat during the summer months. If you’re keen to watch — (and you should, as this one will be a thriller) — take a look at the information below.
Key Things to Know for USA VS. ENGLAND
When: November 25, 2pm ET
Where to Watch: Watch all games live on FOX and the FOX Sports App
WORLD CUP HISTORY
USA: This is the USMNT’s 11th World Cup appearance, their first since 2014. They’ve advanced beyond the group stage, to the knockout round, six times. And besides being a semi-finalist in the first FIFA World Cup ever in 1930, they’ve only made it past the Round of 16 one other time (losing in the quarterfinals to Germany in 2002).
England, a.k.a. The Three Lions, made their World Cup debut in 1950, and have qualified 16 times. They won their only World Cup in 1966 on home soil against West Germany and were semi-finalists in both 1990 and in 2018.
USA FIFA Ranking: 16
England FIFA Ranking: 5
A game expected to break viewership records in the United States, this is the first World Cup clash between the two teams since 2010, when the U.S. scraped a draw thanks in part to a gaffe by English keeper Robert Green. This year’s epic tilt will pit the USMNT against an England team that has reason to believe they can win it all. But while the U.S. can't match England’s talent (the Three Lions’ roster is stacked with world-class players), they won’t need to in order to get a win (or a draw). As brilliant as England has been of late in big tournaments — they were semi-finalists in World Cup 2018 and narrowly lost Euro 2020 on penalties — recently they’re not playing their best. Expect the U.S. to exploit the right flank, pressing England's defense for turnovers, and using the counter-attack to create opportunities on offense. If the U.S. can crowd Harry Kane and limit his ability to score and deliver the ball to Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) and Phil Foden (Manchester City), they’ve got a real shot at coming out of this matchup with points. Our prediction: USA 1 – England 1
Christian Pulisic, Attacking Midfielder. The USMNT’s first bona fide superstar, Pulisic is a wizard on the ball, and a magician off it. The straw stirring the drink on offense, defenses have to overcompensate to stop him, which creates space and gives his teammates room to prosper.
Weston McKennie, Midfielder. Part of the USMNT’s “MMA” midfield (along with Yunus Musah and Tyler Adams), McKennie is a physical box-to-box midfielder who has the aerial skill to knock in key headers, and the technical ability to thread the needle with a perfect pass.
Yunus Musah, Midfielder. Another key piece of the “MMA” midfield trio. Musah may only be 19 years old, but many expect the World Cup to be his coming out party. He has the strength and dribbling ability to create chances, and shows a veteran’s poise when he's under pressure.
Harry Kane, Striker. The England captain, Kane is an elite goal-scoring machine. One of the most consistent strikers in the game, at 6’2” he has the height to be a threat on any ball in the box. He’s only two strikes short of tying Wayne Rooney’s England goal-scoring record, and there’s every reason to believe he’ll match it.
Harry Maguire, Centreback. The most expensive defender in the world, Maguire has been a dominant player in the air (being 6’4” definitely helps), but has struggled through an off-year for Manchester United. While his manager believes in him, expect the U.S. to test him early and often.
Bukayo Saka, Winger. After missing the decisive penalty against Italy at Euro 2020 at age 19, Saka promised to come back stronger, and the incisive, creative attacker has done just that. After winning Arsenal’s Player of the Season back-to-back times, he’s looking to affirm his presence on the international stage.