Kane relief and could history repeat? – talking points as England tackle USA

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England will qualify for the World Cup knockout phase if they beat the United States on Friday.

Ahead of the Group B clash in Al Khor, the PA news agency takes a look at five of the main talking points.

Win and in the last 16

Having headed to Qatar in the midst of a six-match winless run, Monday’s thrilling 6-2 victory against Iran was England’s best-ever result at the start of a major tournament and matched their highest-scoring World Cup match. Gareth Southgate’s men are now looking for more of the same and to win their first two group games like in 2018, meaning they will seal progress to the last 16 with the clash against Wales to spare.

Kane able to go

Harry Kane
Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury against Iran but should be fit to face USA (Martin Rickett/PA)

Stick with a winning team?

England Training – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Al Wakrah Sports Complex – Thursday November 24th
Kyle Walker (left) could be an option if England boss Gareth Southgate opts to make changes (Peter Byrne/PA)

US look to tame lions at another World Cup

Soccer – 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – Group C – England v USA – Royal Bafokeng Stadium
USA drew 1-1 with England at the 2010 World Cup (Martin Rickett/PA)

Officials focus

Germany v Japan – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Group E – Khalifa International Stadium
VAR could come under the spotlight again (Mike Egerton/PA)

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