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Performers and Non-Performers for England World Cup Team. In their second game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, England faced the USA on Friday to secure a spot in the round of 16. (26 November). At the Al Bayt Stadium, the 1966 FIFA World Cup champions were unable to score against the USA and were forced to settle for a goalless draw. To advance to the round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Gareth Southgate’s team must defeat Wales in their last Group B match on November 29.

With a commanding possession advantage and a chance to score in the ninth minute, the Three Lions had a confident start to the game. In the right-inside channel, Bukayo Saka was sent free by Jude Bellingham, and the Arsenal player dribbled the ball back for Harry Kane inside the USA box. Walker Zimmerman put his body on the line to block Kane’s attempt after the forward released his shot. The USA made their first chance against England in the 16th minute after being under pressure for the majority of the first half. Haji Wright received a cross from the right side from Weston McKennie. The striker’s header was much off-target despite his connecting with the delivery.

USA’s McKennie squandered a great chance to give his team the lead in the 25th minute. A superb right-handed cross from Sergino Dest found McKennie, who amazingly went unnoticed inside the England box. McKennie’s strike, unfortunately for the Americans, didn’t put English goalie Jordan Pickford to the test. Seven minutes later, in the USA’s second match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Chelsea star Christian Pulisic came agonizingly close to giving his country the lead. Under duress, he created a yard of space along the left side and started shooting. Pickford was severely outmatched, but the bar saved England.

In the first half’s last seconds, Mason Mount’s attempt from outside the penalty area forced a fine stop from Matt Turner for Gareth Southgate’s team. The Three Lions’ situation did not improve in the second half as their attacking play failed to breach the American defense. Harry Kane, the English captain, had a great opportunity to secure a late victory in the 93rd minute. He was unmarked, but astonishingly missed the goal with his header, bringing his goalless streak in the 2022 FIFA World Cup to two games. Following are two England players who stood out and three who did not perform up to expectations during the match versus the USA on Friday night:

The Non-Performer: Raheem Sterling

Chelsea’s star In the 6-2 triumph over Iran on November 21, Raheem Sterling was a lightning rod on the field and scored an incredible goal. He failed to fire a single shot against the USA, much less one that was on goal, thus both his precision and drive were lacking. The former Manchester City player also struggled to create chances for goals and occasionally gave the ball away cheaply. Sterling failed to make any crucial passes, dropped two of four duels, gave the ball away eight times, and completed only 16 passes (80% accuracy) before being hooked in the 68th minute.

The Performer: Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire, the captain of Manchester United, was a pillar of defense for England on Friday night. He had excellent game-reading skills, made remarkable deep passes, consistently moved the ball out of harm’s path, and rarely fumbled a pass. By the way, England’s best player on the field by far is Harry Maguire. won every single contest. Maguire made an incredible eight clearances, eight accurate long balls, one shot block, one attempted tackle, and one interception against the Americans. He also completed a dribble and prevailed in three of four aerial duels.

The Non-Performer: Bukayo Saka

Gunners maverick Bukayo Saka made waves against Iran with his breathtaking brace. Unfortunately, he was unable to have the same effect against the Americans, which was bad for the Three Lions. He fought to free himself from his restraints and perform his signature soaring runs because the opponents had precisely identified him. Saka did nothing particularly noteworthy in the first half except for the excellent cutback for Kane. Trippier isn’t supporting Saka by pressing the fullback that Saka vacates as he inverts to press the ball-side center-back.

Saka turns to face Trippier and raises his arms in a furious gesture. Bukayo, this isn’t Arsenal. Not Arteta, but Southgate is in charge of you. The requirements aren’t as strict. Saka failed to make any shots on goal in the second FIFA World Cup game of his career. He also lost all three of his ground battles, was caught offside once and lost possession nine times. The Gunner also missed a cross and one long ball effort.

The Performer: Luke Shaw

British left-back Against the Americans, Luke Shaw was undoubtedly their finest player. He made runs into the third of the opposing team, opened up spaces, dazzled with his passing range, and was also quite stable at the back. His delivery to Kane at the moment of death was nothing short of extraordinary and called for a suitable conclusion.

At the Al Bayt Stadium on Friday, the Manchester United fullback made two crucial passes, six accurate long balls, and a significant change. He also won two out of three aerial duels, made an interception, cleared the ball, and completed 62 passes (84.9% accuracy).

The Non-Performer: Harry Kane

Harry Kane, the captain of England, put in a respectable performance in the first half, controlling the ball quite effectively and slipping into small spaces to make life difficult for the opponents. During the second half, that drive ended in a toss. To make matters worse, Kane’s error cost his nation a golden opportunity to secure Round of 16 qualifications at the very end of the game. Kane completed 15 passes (71.4%) against Gregg Berhalter’s squad but failed to make any shots on goal, make any crucial passes, and lost 12 times.

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Salman Shaikh
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