England’s winless record against the United States at the World Cup stretched to three matches following a goalless draw at Al Bayt Stadium.
Gareth Southgate’s side knew they would become the first team to book their place in the knockout stages with a win, but they were unimpressive, with the USA the better side throughout.
Christian Pulisic came closest to deciding the game with a first-half strike against the crossbar, while England tested Matt Turner just once.
Neither side could muster much of a threat in the second period, with both sides having to settle for a point with plenty to do in Tuesday’s final games.
Chances were limited in the early exchanges, Harry Kane seeing an effort deflected wide after a fine build-up from the Three Lions, while Weston McKennie blazed over the bar after finding space in the England box.
The USA were on the front foot throughout the game, with Pulisic coming closest to breaking the deadlock with a wild drive from outside the area that rattled the crossbar.
However, England finished the half with their best chance, Mason Mount forcing a diving save from Turner.
The USA were also better in the second half, although they failed to create opportunities to really test Jordan Pickford, with England equally impotent in attack.
The result leaves Group D fine-tuned to advance to the final round of fixtures, with England’s display a far cry from their prolific performance against Iran.
England vs USA player ratings – World Cup Group B
1. England (4-3-3)
GK: Jordan Pickford – 6/10 – Expressed his displeasure with his outfielders on more than one occasion and rightly so.
RB: Kieran Trippier – 4/10 – Sloppy on the ball and often switched off, leaving Saka isolated when trying to contain the USA. So poor when trying to go forward – if you can even call it ‘trying’.
CB: John Stones – 5/10 – More comfortable than his colleague in possession of the ball, but was often too comfortable. Has to move the ball quicker.
CB: Harry Maguire – 5/10 – Absolutely fine until he’s challenged in a test of speed or sharpness – then England immediately look troubled. Got his head on everything, at least.
LB: Luke Shaw – 6/10 – England’s biggest outlet in the first half. Key to causing the USA problems when on the overlap.
CM: Declan Rice – 5/10 – Too reluctant to play a pass through the lines. Wasn’t helped by both midfield colleagues bombing forward, but seemed flustered by the opponents’ press.
CM: Jude Bellingham – 5/10 – First touch let him down on occasion, but showed glimpses of what he’s got. Faded considerably after the break.
CM: Mason Mount – 3/10 – Swallowed up by the occasion completely.
RW: Bukayo Saka – 5/10 – Was bypassed too easily when pressing.
ST: Harry Kane – 6/10 – He tried. Completely starved of service but did all the right things whenever a scrap did fall his way.
LW: Raheem Sterling – 5/10 – Much the similar story to Kane. Was barely ever given the ball or a chance to run at defenders inside the box.
SUB: Jack Grealish (68′ for Sterling) – 6/10 – Attracted players towards him, as he does.
SUB: Jordan Henderson (69′ for Bellingham) – 5/10 – Came on to join the party of players passing the ball aimlessly around the back.
SUB: Marcus Rashford (78′ for Saka) – N/A – Had no chance of making an impact being introduced so late and with England unable to play vertically.
Manager: Gareth Southgate – 4/10 – There’s trusting your team, and then there’s being too risk averse. It was clear that change was needed as soon as five minutes into the second half, but Southgate didn’t call on his bench until the 68th minute. Needs to be more proactive.
2. USA (4-3-3)
GK: Matt Turner – 6/10 – Looked a natural between the sticks as number one. Solid hands and did his job when – occasionally – called upon.
RB: Sergino Dest – 6/10 – Showed flashes of his quality, but was the quieter of the USMNT’s two full backs.
CB: Walker Zimmerman – 7/10 – Made a brilliant block to deny Kane early on in the game.
CB: Tim Ream – 6/10 – Confident performance from the Fulham man.
LB: Antonee Robinson – 7/10 – Gave his side a way out of England’s press and helped overload in wide areas.
CM: Weston McKennie – 7/10 – Showed his composure in possession, taking the extra touches to keep the USA in control when needed. Really should’ve hit the target after 26 minutes.
CM: Tyler Adams – 8/10 – Swept up tremendously in front of his defenders and kept England’s midfielders incredibly quiet. Really mature performance.
CM: Yunus Musah – 7/10 – An industrious performance – impressive.
RW: Tim Weah – 6/10 – His side’s best stuff came down the other flank.
ST: Haji Wright – 6/10 – Struggled to wriggle free of England’s two centre halves, but did catch Maguire on his heels early on.
LW: Christian Pulisic – 6/10 – So unlucky not to score in the first half, but quiet beyond that.
SUB: Brenden Aaronson (77′ for McKennie) – 5/10 – Saw the game out with relentless pressing.
SUB: Shaq Moore (78′ for Dest) – N/A
SUB: Giovanni Reyna (83′ for Weah) – N/A
SUB: Josh Sargent (83′ for Wright) – N/A
Manager: Gregg Berhalter – 7/10 – Set up his side brilliantly and didn’t shy away from taking the game to England. Just a shame they couldn’t finish the key chances they did carve out.