FIFA World Cup - Group B

World Cup 2022: England 0-0 USA - Three Lions labour to goalless draw

By Phil McNultyChief football writer in Doha

England laboured to a drab draw against the United States to miss the chance to seal qualification for the World Cup knockout stage.

Gareth Southgate's side were second best for long periods as they failed to match the energy and intensity of the USA, who have their own hopes of making the last 16.

England, with Harry Maguire solid in defence, were unimpressive and rode their luck when Weston McKennie missed an easy chance and Christian Pulisic struck the bar in the first half.

Mason Mount brought a fine save from USA goalkeeper Matt Turner just before the break but this was an undistinguished display that carried none of the attacking verve that saw the Three Lions thrash Iran in their opening game, and leaves them heading into their match against Wales with their fate undecided.

England remain firm favourites to qualify for the knockout stage, knowing they only need to avoid a four-goal defeat against Wales to progress.

Dismal England do just enough to earn point

England's performance was unrecognisable from the creativity and threat that saw them overwhelm Iran just a few days ago. Instead, this was a lacklustre effort that drew loud jeers from supporters at the final whistle.

They were devoid of any spark and zip, looked jaded throughout and were fortunate that the USA, led by the excellent Pulisic, did not take advantage.

England barely created a moment of danger in the second half, captain Harry Kane's late header wide the only moment of anxiety for the USA.

Jude Bellingham was unable to provide the drive that was a highlight of the Iran victory and he was eventually replaced by Jordan Henderson.

Southgate's decision to keep faith with Maguire has drawn plenty of deserved scrutiny, given the Manchester United captain's poor form over a long period at club level. The manager has banked on Maguire continuing his solid track record at major tournaments, and he was indeed a rare shining light on a very poor night for England.

England are still almost certain to qualify but this was a jarring reality check.

They will have to perform far better than this when the stakes are raised later in the tournament.

Pulisic the standout performer

Pulisic has found his opportunities limited at Chelsea in recent times but here he showed exactly why he is so highly rated.

Pulisic is the USA's talisman, leading from the front and even acting as a cheerleader for their supporters as they applied pressure in the second half.

He troubled England's defence with his intelligent running and control and was desperately unlucky to see a powerful first-half drive bounce back off the woodwork with Jordan Pickford beaten.

Leeds United's Tyler Adams was another inspirational figure as the USA fully merited their point - and might easily have had all three.

England have a history of trouble with the USA at World Cups, having lost in 1950 and drawn in 2010.

They again proved to be a thorn in the side here and come the final whistle England's players and management looked relieved to have escaped with a point.

Player of the match

PulisicChristian Pulisic

with an average of 6.61


  1. Squad number6Player nameMaguire
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  2. Squad number7Player nameGrealish
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  3. Squad number1Player namePickford
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  4. Squad number3Player nameShaw
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  5. Squad number5Player nameStones
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  6. Squad number8Player nameHenderson
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  7. Squad number22Player nameBellingham
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  8. Squad number12Player nameTrippier
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  9. Squad number11Player nameRashford
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  10. Squad number4Player nameRice
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  11. Squad number17Player nameSaka
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  12. Squad number9Player nameKane
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  13. Squad number19Player nameMount
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  14. Squad number10Player nameSterling
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  1. Squad number10Player namePulisic
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  2. Squad number4Player nameAdams
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  3. Squad number8Player nameMcKennie
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  4. Squad number1Player nameTurner
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  5. Squad number5Player nameRobinson
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  6. Squad number6Player nameMusah
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  7. Squad number21Player nameWeah
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  8. Squad number2Player nameDest
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  9. Squad number11Player nameAaronson
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  10. Squad number13Player nameReam
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  11. Squad number3Player nameZimmerman
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  12. Squad number19Player nameWright
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  13. Squad number7Player nameReyna
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  14. Squad number18Player nameMoore
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  15. Squad number24Player nameSargent
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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 12Trippier
  • 5Stones
  • 6Maguire
  • 3Shaw
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forHendersonat 69'minutes
  • 4Rice
  • 17SakaSubstituted forRashfordat 78'minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 10SterlingSubstituted forGrealishat 68'minutes
  • 9Kane


  • 2Walker
  • 7Grealish
  • 8Henderson
  • 11Rashford
  • 13Pope
  • 14Phillips
  • 15Dier
  • 16Coady
  • 18Alexander-Arnold
  • 20Foden
  • 21White
  • 23Ramsdale
  • 24Wilson
  • 26Gallagher


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Turner
  • 2DestSubstituted forMooreat 78'minutes
  • 3Zimmerman
  • 13Ream
  • 5Robinson
  • 8McKennieSubstituted forAaronsonat 77'minutes
  • 4Adams
  • 6Musah
  • 10Pulisic
  • 21WeahSubstituted forReynaat 83'minutes
  • 19WrightSubstituted forSargentat 83'minutes


  • 7Reyna
  • 9Ferreira
  • 11Aaronson
  • 12Horvath
  • 14de la Torre
  • 15Long
  • 16Morris
  • 17Roldán
  • 18Moore
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 22Yedlin
  • 23Acosta
  • 24Sargent
  • 25Johnson
  • 26Scally
Jesús Valenzuela

Match Stats

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    Match ends, England 0, USA 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 0, USA 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Harry Maguire (England).

  4. Post update

    Giovanni Reyna (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Attempt missed. Harry Kane (England) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross following a set piece situation.

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    Jack Grealish (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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    Foul by Yunus Musah (USA).

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    Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (England) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

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    Corner, England. Conceded by Shaq Moore.

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    Jordan Henderson (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Foul by Christian Pulisic (USA).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (England) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luke Shaw (England).

  14. Post update

    Christian Pulisic (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Jack Grealish (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Shaq Moore (USA).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, USA. Josh Sargent replaces Haji Wright.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, USA. Giovanni Reyna replaces Timothy Weah.

  19. Post update

    Luke Shaw (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Shaq Moore (USA).

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