England, Netherlands eye last-16 berths at World Cup

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England head into their second match of the World Cup towards the United States on Friday realizing victory would safe a spot within the final 16, whereas the Netherlands might additionally qualify for the knockout section.

Gareth Southgate’s males kicked off their marketing campaign with a 6-2 rout of Iran who tackle Wales in Friday’s first Group B recreation.

Regardless of the results of that match, England would progress by beating the Americans, however must overcome a gifted younger aspect and the load of historical past.

The USA knocked England out of the 1950 event with one of many largest shocks in World Cups and in 2010 held a star-studded group to a 1-1 draw greatest remembered for a howler by English goalkeeper Rob Green.

“Have we ever beaten the US at a World Cup? No. Tomorrow we have to try and make history,” Southgate informed a pre-match press convention.

“We are good at talking highly of ourselves as a nation on very little evidence. We know we will face a very highly motivated team. I don’t think we will be underestimating the US at all.”

England are nonetheless bidding for a primary main event title in 56 years after shedding final yr’s European Championship remaining to Italy on penalties.

They got a lift forward of the USA recreation, although, as captain Harry Kane was handed match regardless of taking a knock to his ankle towards Iran.

Carlos Queiroz’s Iran will probably be out in the event that they lose to Wales, who drew their opener with the US.

Forward Mehdi Taremi, who scored their two targets towards England, denied the group had come below stress from Iran’s authorities after opting to not sing the nationwide anthem earlier than their first recreation.

“I don’t like to talk about political issues but we are not under any pressure,” he mentioned.

Wales might put themselves on the point of qualification forward of a gathering with neighbours England with three factors, of their first World Cup since shedding to Pele’s Brazil within the 1958 quarter-finals.

“They’re a difficult team and they’re at the World Cup for a reason,” skipper Gareth Bale, who scored a late penalty towards the United States, mentioned of Iran.

– Dutch focusing on title –

Louis van Gaal’s Dutch group might additionally undergo from Group A with a win over Ecuador however would want hosts Qatar to attract with Senegal.

The Oranje edged to a 2-Zero success towards the African champions of their first outing with late targets from in-form teenager Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen.

The Netherlands, three-time runners-up, are taking part in on the World Cup for the primary time since ending third below Van Gaal in 2014.

“We are here to become world champions,” Van Gaal mentioned on the eve of the sport.

Qatar are in determined want of a response after slumping to a tame 2-Zero loss to Ecuador within the event curtain-raiser which noticed the vast majority of the gang depart earlier than the ultimate whistle.

Another defeat might see the Asian Cup holders grow to be solely the second home group to crash out within the group stage, after South Africa in 2010.

“We hope that now we are free from all the pressure that we had in the opening match,” mentioned Qatar coach Felix Sanchez. “I hope we can compete and bring our ‘A Game’.”

On Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo grew to become the primary man to attain in 5 World Cups with a controversial penalty in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana, whereas favourites Brazil made a robust begin by beating Serbia.


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