World Cup news LIVE: Reaction after England’s Group B draw with USA

World Cup news LIVE: Reaction after England’s Group B draw with USA

England crashed back down to earth on Friday evening as they played out a goalless draw against the USA in Group B to leave them still needing a result against Wales in their final group game. The Three Lions’ performance could not have been more contrasting to their opening match against Iran, where they should fluid movement, a clinical eye for goal and a fearlessness in attack. Last night was the opposite, Gareth Southgate’s men lost control of midfield, looked sluggish throughout and struggled against a team they would have expected to dominate.

It was only fortune - and a brilliant defensive performance from Harry Maguire - that saw England leave the game with a point. USA’s talisman Christian Pulisic rattled the woodwork in their closest attempt at goal but it will be frustrating for Southgate to see how easily the US piled pressure on England’s final third. The performance was so poor that England were booed off the pitch at the end of the game and now need a result against Wales to qualify.

Unnecessary pressure has been lumped on the manager’s shoulders due to the draw and it didn’t help that he decided to keep Phil Foden on the bench when the game was crying out for more creativity. Southgate knows he will be judged on results and should England cruise past Wales on Tuesday this result will be a but another blip in the record.

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Everything wrong with the Qatar World Cup

18:32 , Michael Jones

Out of the many facts and figures circulated about Qatar’s problems, there is one realisation that should stand above everything. It is a disgrace that, in 2022, a country can host a World Cup where it has lured millions of people from the poorest countries on earth - often under false pretences - and then forced them into what many call “modern slavery”.

And yet this has just been accepted. The World Cup carries on, an end product of a structure that is at once Orwellian and Kafkaesque. A huge underclass of people work in an autocratic surveillance state, amid an interconnected network of issues that make it almost impossible to escape. “It’s all so embedded,” says Michael Page of Human Rights Watch.

Many will point to similar problems in the west but this isn’t the failure of a system. It is the system, global inequality taken to an extreme. “The bottom line is that these human rights abuses are not normal for a World Cup host,” says Minky Worden, also of Human Rights Watch.

Everything wrong with the Qatar World Cup

Kyle Walker targeting ‘biggest prize of all’ after handing England fitness boost

18:17 , Michael Jones

Kyle Walker is desperate to help this talented England side win the “biggest prize of all” after returning from injury just in time to go to the World Cup.

A regular starter in the last three major tournaments, it looked like the 32-year-old could be watching the tournament in Qatar from afar due to a persistent a groin complaint.

Sustained in early September when Manchester City played Aston Villa, Walker aggravated it on England duty against Germany and the derby clash with Manchester United on 3 October proved the “final straw”.

Kyle Walker targeting ‘biggest prize of all’ after handing England fitness boost

England vs USA: Harry Maguire revival continues, Tyler Adams thrives and 5 things we learned

18:02 , Michael Jones

England moved to the brink of qualification from Group B after a drab goalless World Cup draw against the United States at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Avoiding a 4-0 defeat to Wales in the final game of the group will see the Three Lions advance to the last 16, but Gareth Southgate will be concerned by a lack of fluency in attack.

England almost broke the deadlock after 10 minutes, shifting the ball quickly down the right before Bukayo Saka’s cutback found Harry Kane 10 yards out, but Walker Zimmerman’s bravely blocked the powerful strike.

But the United States soon gave Gareth Southgate’s side a fright. First through Weston McKennie, who drifted off Declan Rice and found himself unmarked 10 yards from goal, only to blaze over.

Another warning for England came came after half an hour, this time through Christian Pulisic, evidently relishing the added responsibility away from Chelsea, who shifted the ball away from Kieran Trippier and lashed a shot onto the woodwork with Jordan Pickford desperately diving.

As the game fizzled out, Kane had one final chance, failing to control a header on target from Luke Shaw’s delightful delivery as the points were shared.

Here are five things we learned from the Al Bayt Stadium:

England vs USA: Harry Maguire revival continues and five things we learned

Gareth Southgate questions idea England were ‘booed off’ after dire World Cup draw with USA

17:48 , Michael Jones

Gareth Southgate has questioned whether England were “booed off” after their uninspiring 0-0 draw with USA at the Qatar World Cup.

England struggled to replicate the fluency of their 6-2 victory over Iran just a few days earlier and were outplayed for large parts of the match at the Al Bayt Stadium.

The point saw Southgate’s side to the verge of the knockout rounds with a final group match against Wales to come on Tuesday and a bumper goal difference to fall back on should things go wrong against their UK neighbours.

And Southgate rejected the notion that fans were booing after the final whistle.

Gareth Southgate questions idea England were ‘booed off’ after dire World Cup draw

Louis van Gaal again critical of Dutch display against ‘much better’ Ecuador

17:33 , Michael Jones

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was again unimpressed by his side’s ability to maintain ball possession as they had to cling on for a point against Ecuador.

The Oranje scored early through a bullet strike from PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo but that was one of only two efforts on target they had in the whole match.

Ecuador in contrast put in a barnstorming display and were unlucky to come away with only a draw, as captain Enner Valencia seized on a rebound to score his third goal of the tournament early in the second half.

The South Americans had a goal disallowed on the stroke of half-time and also hit the crossbar just prior to the hour mark, and Van Gaal admitted the point was about the only positive he could take from the game.

Louis van Gaal again critical of Dutch display against ‘much better’ Ecuador

Eden Hazard demands more protection from World Cup referees

17:18 , Michael Jones

Eden Hazard has called on World Cup referees to protect players like him and Neymar.

Belgium winger Hazard was the second-most fouled player at the tournament after the first round of matches, behind Brazil star Neymar.

But while Hazard came through the 1-0 win over Canada unscathed, Neymar will miss his side’s final two group matches after going off injured against Serbia.

“I always say if there is a foul on me it means I have the ball, so it’s a good sign, it’s part of my game,” said the 31-year-old.

Eden Hazard demands more protection from World Cup referees

Robert Lewandowski joins the World Cup party as Poland beat entertaining Saudi Arabia

17:03 , Michael Jones

Victory over Lionel Messi and Argentina in their group opener is a great start to anyone’s World Cup 2022 odyssey, but for a team like Saudi Arabia, who only possess players from the country’s domestic league, playing the tournament in the Middle East, it will likely never get any better.

Understandably, the mood among fans coming into their second group game against another, current Barcelona superstar Robert Lewandowski, was buoyant to put it mildly, as victory would remarkably put the international football minnow into the knockout stages for the second time in their history with a game to spare.

On another day, they would have achieved such, missing a penalty and a host of other chances, but ultimately, they came up short, leaving their supporters who packed out the Education City Stadium in central Doha wondering what might have been.

Lewandowski joins the World Cup party as Poland beat entertaining Saudi Arabia

Kieran Trippier understands England fans’ frustration but insists USA draw was ‘good point’

16:52 , Michael Jones

Kieran Trippier understands why England fans jeered the team following their goalless draw with the United States but insists they will be ready for a “battle” against Wales.

Having started their World Cup campaign with a 6-2 thrashing of Iran, England regressed in Friday’s meeting with the US, who were the better side in a Group B meeting which ended in stalemate.

Gareth Southgate’s side are still firm favourites to advance into the round of 16 but a tepid display, with just one meaningful shot on target, left supporters unhappy and boos were heard inside the Al Bayt Stadium at full-time.

Kieran Trippier understands fans’ frustration but insists USA draw was ‘good point’

Gavi tipped to be ‘one of the stars of world football’ by Spain boss Enrique

16:38 , Michael Jones

Spain boss Luis Enrique predicted Gavi will be “one of the stars of world football” after the teenager became the youngest World Cup goalscorer since Pele 64 years ago.

Gavi scored Spain’s fifth goal in a 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica – La Roja’s biggest-ever World Cup victory.

The Barcelona midfielder’s World Cup goal, a brilliant volley with the outside of the foot which went in off a post, came at the age of 18 years and 110 days.

Pele scored against Wales in a 1958 quarter-final at the age of 17 years and 249 days.

Enrique said: “Gavi is a unique player. He is 18 but he has the personality of an experienced player.”

Gavi tipped to be ‘one of the stars of world football’ by Spain boss Enrique

Luis Enrique warns Spain not to underestimate Germany in crucial World Cup clash

16:24 , Michael Jones

Luis Enrique warned overconfidence could cause Spain’s downfall when they face Germany in their second Group E clash on Sunday.

Spain dominated their opening contest, trouncing Costa Rica 7-0 with the highest margin of any win in Qatar so far and netting the most goals the country have ever scored in a World Cup match.

It was a performance that surprised even their manager, who urged his players to remain measured in their response to the decisive victory.

Luis Enrique said: “We tried to manage that victory with all normality. We got the three points, that’s it.”

Luis Enrique warns Spain not to underestimate Germany in crucial World Cup clash

Brennan Johnson convinced Wales are capable of beating England

16:10 , Michael Jones

Brennan Johnson insists Wales can shock England and keep their World Cup 2022 dream alive.

Wales’ hopes of making the knockout stages were left hanging by a thread after losing 2-0 to Iran.

England’s goalless draw with the United States on Friday night means that Wales still have a path to the round of 16, but qualification is out of their own hands unless they beat Gareth Southgate’s side by a four-goal margin.

More realistically, Wales must beat England on Tuesday – something they have not achieved since 1984 – while hoping Iran and United States draw their final game.

Brennan Johnson convinced Wales are capable of beating England

France vs Denmark LIVE: World Cup 2022 team news and line-ups as Raphael Varane starts

15:55 , Kieran Jackson

France continue their World Cup 2022 campaign as they face Denmark in Group D this afternoon. The reigning champions are looking to make it two wins from two after they came from a goal down against Australia to run out 4-1 victors in their opening match. Olivier Giroud bagged a brace to maintain his great form for Les Bleus whilst Kylian Mbappe also got his tournament underway with a goal against the Socceroos.

Their opponents, Denmark, where left frustrated in their first game of the competition as they were held to a goalless draw against African side Tunisia. Not even Christian Eriksen’s emotional return to the international stage – following his collapse during the Euros – could inspire the Danes to break through Tunisia’s solid defence.

Les Bleus will qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament should they sweep past Denmark this afternoon but they haven’t beaten today’s opponents since 2015.

Denmark are strong performers; they reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals and recently won both Nations League games against France whilst earning a 0-0 draw with the eventual champions in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup. That form will give Denmark confidence heading into this tricky game as they search for their first win of the competition.

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Rich Jolly: Belgium’s best is behind them but enough magic remains for one last shot at World Cup glor

15:35 , Kieran Jackson

It is the last chance for Belgium’s golden generation, but not their best chance. Not according to their captain, anyway. Belgium have spent much of the period since the last World Cup as officially the international game’s best team. Now they are ranked second on the planet, sandwiched by the South American superpowers of Brazil and Argentina.

But if Fifa’s figures suggest they are among the favourites, other numbers – principally their ages – suggest they are not. They were semi-finalists in Russia. That, Eden Hazard felt, was nearer their peak. “To be fair, I think we had a better chance to win four years ago,” the Belgium skipper said. “The team was better four years ago but still we have the quality to win games and competitions. We have a few guys who are a bit older.”

Hazard’s justification for each part of his analysis was instructive. He cited Belgium’s strengths, while being aware of the deficiencies that, logically, mean their finest opportunity has gone.

“We have the best goalkeeper in the world, one of the best midfielders in the world and we have good strikers,” he said, referencing Thibaut Courtois, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. “We are the complete team.”

Yet one department of the side went unmentioned in that answer. As Hazard said with a smile a couple of minutes earlier: “Our defenders are not the fastest and they know.” Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are 35 and 33; for clubs and country, they have lined up together more than 350 times..

Belgium’s best is behind them but magic remains for one last shot at World Cup glory

England serve World Cup reminder that Southgate-ball can be a tortuous watch

15:18 , Kieran Jackson

England stuck with the same XI in the same 4-3-3 shape which ripped through Iran four days earlier, but this was a completely different gameplan by Gareth Southgate, who came to the Al-Bayt Stadium clearly wary of USA’s press. England tried to nullify by doing nothing at all: their most common passing combination was John Stones to Harry Maguire, and their second-most common passing combination was Maguire to Stones. If Southgate took the handbrake off against Iran, he pulled it up again for the USA, then left the car in the garage, locked the door and dropped the keys in a canal.

Lawrence Ostlere provides the tactical breakdown England vs USA:

England serve World Cup reminder that Southgate-ball can be a tortuous watch

Chastening Wales World Cup defeat prompts feeling of the end of an era

15:00 , Kieran Jackson

Aaron Ramsey’s exit was overshadowed. One of the players of Euro 2016 slipped out of his penultimate game of the 2022 World Cup, and surely any World Cup, amid the chaos caused by Wayne Hennessey’s sending-off. He was sacrificed for a substitute goalkeeper, with Danny Ward’s cameo involving the concession of two goals. The recipient of the first red card in Qatar was hugged by his friend Gareth Bale on his way off.

Wales football would not be at their first World Cup since the 1950s without Hennessey’s heroics against Ukraine, but his tournament is over and, after defeat to Iran, theirs nearly is. “We want to finish the competition on a high,” said manager Robert Page; it seemed realism rather than defeatism, to say their derby with England will be the end even though, mathematically, Wales’ fate was not sealed.

When Ramsey was removed, Bale remained on the pitch. Page’s tactic was to hope against hope a player with the propensity to produce something special out of nothing could turn rescuer again. He couldn’t; indeed he never threatened to. The faith in him stemmed from the evidence of his career, not the preceding 85 minutes.

Chastening Wales World Cup defeat prompts feeling of the end of an era

World Cup 2022: England add ‘USA 22’ to their collection of stodgy tournament games

14:45 , Kieran Jackson

I believe that that was bad. Not Nice bad. Not Cape Town bad. Certainly not Belo Horizonte in 1950 bad. But be in no doubt, after the fluidity and free-scoring of Monday’s opening game and the hope that England’s struggles since the turn of the year could be behind them, this was a return to stodgy, uninspired, set-piece reliant fare that has pockmarked the Gareth Southgate era, and it was bad.

Southgate warned that this would be a very different game compared to Iran. He was right about that. But he also predicted that it would be played at “100 mph” and that his players would have to be at it from the first whistle. If that was the type of contest he was expecting, he expected wrong, and perhaps that misreading of the challenge that the United States posed was at the root of England’s below-par performance.

Long passages of the first half resembled the vision of this sport from the States’ most popular and successful cultural export. Halfback passed to centre, back to wing, back to centre, centre held it. Held it. Held it. John Stones ended the first half with the most touches of any player on the pitch, while Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier were not too far behind. England’s build-up did not get off the ground floor.

England 0-0 USA? I believe that that was bad

World Cup 2022: Wales will play for more than just pride against England, says Jack Grealish

14:30 , Kieran Jackson

England attacker Jack Grealish has warned that Wales will be playing for more than just pride when the sides meet at the World Cup on Tuesday. The neighbouring nations clash at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in their final Group B game.

While England are favourites to progress as group winners despite an uninspiring goalless draw against the United States on Friday which left some supporters jeering at full-time, Wales are on the cusp of elimination.

Robert Page’s side also drew with the USA but were deservedly beaten by Iran in their second game. They now need a minor miracle to get out of the group but could yet send England home with a big win.

Despite the prospect of a 4-0 Wales victory – the result required to eliminate Gareth Southgate’s men and advance in their place – being a very unlikely outcome in Al Rayyan, Grealish insists it will still be a fixture charged with intensity.

“Wales have got very good players,” he said. “They will be playing not just for pride. In their heads, they are not out, they still have a game to play and can still qualify. It’s going to be difficult for them, but they can still qualify. We have a few days to prepare. It’s all in our hands.”

World Cup 2022: James Maddison back in England training ahead of final World Cup group match with Wales

14:15 , Kieran Jackson

James Maddison returned to England football team training on Saturday following rehabilitation on a knee injury.

The 26-year-old was unavailable for the 6-2 win against Iran and 0-0 draw with the United States due to the issue that led to his first-half substitution in Leicester’s final match before the World Cup 2022.

Maddison downplayed concerns over the injury and spoke about a positive scan upon England’s arrival in Qatar, but the midfielder has been conspicuous by his absence from training.

The midfielder returned to the group on Saturday as he joined the 13 non-starters from Friday night’s draw with the USA in training at their Al Wakrah Sports Complex base.

Jordan Henderson, who came off the bench in the second half against the USA, was the only non-starter that worked away from the group as he did an individualised programme indoors alongside those that started. England sit atop of Group B heading into their final pool match against Wales on Tuesday.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

World Cup 2022: England fans’ boos add layer to noise around Gareth Southgate

13:59 , Kieran Jackson

It could be said, at least initially, that Gareth Southgate was in denial. That could easily apply to his comments that John Stones and Harry Maguire were “absolutely outstanding on the ball”, or that it wasn’t a game for Phil Foden in the middle “because he doesn’t play there for his club”.

It is really, however, about the result of all that. A very noisy number of England fans at the Al Bayt were again booing Southgate. It was of course loudest at the final whistle. Given Southgate’s response, the Simpsons meme from Waylon Smithers to Mr Burns has never been more apt. “Were we booed off, though? I’m not sure if that was aimed at us. I don’t know.”

When pressed on it, and told there was no real reason for any other boos, Southgate went from denial to an element of defiance.

England fans’ boos add layer to noise around Gareth Southgate

World Cup 2022: Permutations!

13:42 , Kieran Jackson

Wales suffered a crushing loss to Iran and now look poised to miss out on a place in the last 16 at the World Cup.

All hope is not lost though for Robert Page’s side, who face England in the final game.

Gareth Southgate’s side are poised to advance, despite being held by the USA, and they currently lead Group B on four points.

Wales must therefore leapfrog Iran, on three points, and the USA, third on two points, or face an early trip home.

Here are all the permutations required for the home nations to reach the knockouts:

For what Wales need to progress, click here.

For what England need to progress, click here.

 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

England add ‘USA 22’ to their collection of stodgy tournament games

13:29 , Michael Jones

I believe that that was bad. Not Nice bad. Not Cape Town bad. Certainly not Belo Horizonte in 1950 bad. But be in no doubt, after the fluidity and free-scoring of Monday’s opening game and the hope that England’s struggles since the turn of the year could be behind them, this was a return to stodgy, uninspired, set-piece reliant fare that has pockmarked the Gareth Southgate era, and it was bad.

Southgate warned that this would be a very different game compared to Iran. He was right about that. But he also predicted that it would be played at “100 mph” and that his players would have to be at it from the first whistle. If that was the type of contest he was expecting, he expected wrong, and perhaps that misreading of the challenge that the United States posed was at the root of England’s below-par performance.

Long passages of the first half resembled the vision of this sport from the States’ most popular and successful cultural export. Halfback passed to centre, back to wing, back to centre, centre held it. Held it. Held it. John Stones ended the first half with the most touches of any player on the pitch, while Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier were not too far behind. England’s build-up did not get off the ground floor.

England 0-0 USA? I believe that that was bad

Wales football fan who travelled to World Cup with son dies in Qatar

13:15 , Sport staff

A Welsh football fan who flew out to Qatar to watch the World Cup with his son has died.

The man, named by the Welsh FA as Kevin Davies, is understood to have been in Doha with his son and friends, but was taken ill and died of natural causes on Friday.

The Wales Football Supporters’ Association’s fan embassy wrote on Twitter: “Unfortunately we have lost one of the Red Wall yesterday in Qatar, our sincere condolences go out to his son here in Doha and his family back in Wales. May he rest in peace.”

Wales football fan who travelled to World Cup with son dies in Qatar

Gareth Southgate still unsure whether to stick or twist over England midfield

13:01 , Michael Jones

If the introduction of Jordan Henderson with 20 minutes to go of England’s deeply disappointing goalless draw with the USA wasn’t the turning point Gareth Southgate clearly hoped it would be, it was still telling.

After watching more than an hour of his side reverting to the type so often seen over the last 16 months since the heroics of Euro 2020, the manager had seen enough. We all had.

If the opening win over Iran was about a young side embracing a freedom of expression, an opportunity to show their class, this one was almost the exact opposite, the carefree team of just five days ago suddenly and so visibly burdened once more.

While that is sometimes understandable in major tournament football where results matter far more than how you achieve them, much of that can be traced back to a midfield here that simply couldn’t take control and stamp its authority on a game that was very much there for it.

Gareth Southgate still unsure whether to stick or twist over England midfield

Americans are falling in love with football and we should all be worried

12:50 , Michael Jones

Watching Americans fall in love with football is like watching the fires of Mount Doom light up the dark sky over Mordor. Here in this New York bar, described by several online listicles as “the best soccer venue in the city”, I am Gandalf gazing at a pulsating orange glow in the distance with foreboding – a silent witness to the rise of a power that, once unleashed, will be almost impossible to stop.

It’s no secret that the United States is a country that takes sports very seriously, but it’s hard to describe to people who don’t live here just how deeply engrained it is in the culture. From a very early age, through high school and college, Americans are raised on a diet of several at once. Their sporting prowess isn’t immediately obvious to us from the outside because they are mostly content to play games that no one else does. But football, the most popular sport in the world, has been winning American hearts and minds at a rapid pace over the last decade.

As I watched England take on the US in the group stage of the World Cup, surrounded by American football fans, I was given pause to wonder: What happens when this nation of sporting fanatics finally starts taking this sport seriously?

Americans are falling in love with football and we should all be worried

Eden Hazard demands more protection from World Cup referees

12:39 , Michael Jones

Eden Hazard has called on World Cup referees to protect players like him and Neymar.

Belgium winger Hazard was the second-most fouled player at the tournament after the first round of matches, behind Brazil star Neymar.

But while Hazard came through the 1-0 win over Canada unscathed, Neymar will miss his side’s final two group matches after going off injured against Serbia.

“I always say if there is a foul on me it means I have the ball, so it’s a good sign, it’s part of my game,” said the 31-year-old.

Eden Hazard demands more protection from World Cup referees

Qatar’s World Cup streaming service blocked in Saudi Arabia

12:28 , Karl Matchett

A Qatar-based broadcaster is in talks with Fifa after its World Cup streaming service was blocked in Saudi Arabia by that country’s government.

The broadcaster, Bein Sports, holds the rights to World Cup matches in Saudi Arabia and will screen 22 of them free-to-air there.

However, the remaining 42 can only be watched via its streaming service, which has been blocked in Saudi Arabia since an hour before the opening ceremony last Sunday.

Bein is in urgent talks with Fifa to resolve the issue. The timing is strange to say the least, with World Cup enthusiasm at fever pitch in Saudi Arabia after the country’s shock win over Argentina earlier this week.

Qatar’s World Cup streaming service blocked in Saudi Arabia

Argentina aim to ‘turn the page’ after shock opening chapter of World Cup

12:12 , Karl Matchett

As Lionel Messi walked down for breakfast on the morning after the “nightmare” before, he immediately realised the Argentina squad needed rallying. The captain had told them they had to “turn the page” on the shock defeat to Saudi Arabia, but felt a bit more had to be done to change the atmosphere.

It was decided to open up their Qatar University camp and let the players’ families. They stayed for over five hours, and it was said to be “great for the team”.

There was already a considerable difference from 24 hours before, when the dressing room was described by numerous figures as “a horror”.

If this all seems like an old-fashioned overemphasis on the psychology of the Argentina squad, it is because it remains a very present problem. They have probably been the national team most affected by mood than any other in the last decade. When things are going well, as they were throughout that 36-match run, the team can be electric; flying. When there’s a setback, as started with that first offside against Saudi Arabia, it gets to them.

It is telling that they were never once behind in that long run. It is even more telling that, once Salem Aldawsari scored for Saudi Arabia to go ahead, Argentina barely mustered a chance.

Miguel Delaney in Doha, on the new challenge Argentina face:

Argentina aim to ‘turn the page’ after shock opening chapter of World Cup

Kieran Trippier understands England fans’ frustration but insists USA draw was ‘good point’

11:58 , Karl Matchett

Kieran Trippier understands why England fans jeered the team following their goalless draw with the United States but insists they will be ready for a “battle” against Wales.

Having started their World Cup campaign with a 6-2 thrashing of Iran, England regressed in Friday’s meeting with the US, who were the better side in a Group B meeting which ended in stalemate.

Gareth Southgate’s side are still firm favourites to advance into the round of 16 but a tepid display, with just one meaningful shot on target, left supporters unhappy and boos were heard inside the Al Bayt Stadium at full-time.

“Of course the fans want to see goals and to win matches,” said Trippier when asked about the mixed reaction. “But all I can say to that is that the commitment from the boys is there, we give 100 percent in every single game.

“Of course we understand the frustration because we didn’t win the game but we gave everything, a point is a good result.”

Kieran Trippier understands fans’ frustration but insists USA draw was ‘good point’

Huge fire breaks out in Qatar near World Cup fan village

11:42 , Karl Matchett

A breaking story in Qatar:

A huge fire has broken out in the city of Lusail in Qatar, with thick plumes of black smoke rising into the sky near one of the World Cup fan villages.

More updates to follow here:

Huge fire breaks out in Qatar near World Cup fan village

11:30 , Karl Matchett

Wales suffered a crushing loss to Iran and now look poised to miss out on a place in the last 16 at the World Cup.

All hope is not lost though for Robert Page’s side, who face England in the final game.

Gareth Southgate’s side are poised to advance, despite being held by the USA, and they currently lead Group B on four points.

Wales must therefore leapfrog Iran, on three points, and the USA, third on two points, or face an early trip home.

Here are all the permutations required for the home nations to reach the knockouts:

For what Wales need to progress, click here.

For what England need to progress, click here.

(Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)
(Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)

David Seaman praises England team’s show of support for inclusivity at World Cup

11:14 , Karl Matchett

David Seaman has hailed England’s show of support for inclusivity at the World Cup as “quite right”.

The former England goalkeeper praised the team as he spoke about the controversies at this year’s competition in Qatar from the Fifa fan zone in Tottenham Court Road, central London, on Friday evening.

England took the knee just before kick-off to protest against inequality, having also made the gesture in their first match against Iran on Monday.

Speaking to the PA news agency during the game, Seaman said: “It’s quite right. The more awareness that’s out there, the better it is. We’ve shown as a group that we can support things like this.”

More from the former Three Lions No1:

David Seaman praises England team’s show of support for inclusivity at World Cup

England serve World Cup reminder that Southgate-ball can be a tortuous watch

11:01 , Karl Matchett

England stuck with the same XI in the same 4-3-3 shape which ripped through Iran four days earlier, but this was a completely different gameplan by Gareth Southgate, who came to the Al-Bayt Stadium clearly wary of USA’s press. England tried to nullify by doing nothing at all: their most common passing combination was John Stones to Harry Maguire, and their second-most common passing combination was Maguire to Stones. If Southgate took the handbrake off against Iran, he pulled it up again for the USA, then left the car in the garage, locked the door and dropped the keys in a canal.

Lawrence Ostlere provides the tactical breakdown England vs USA:

England serve World Cup reminder that Southgate-ball can be a tortuous watch

Who has won the World Cup? Full list of winners, from Uruguay to France

10:46 , Karl Matchett

England, Spain, Brazil and France were among the nations to impress in their first round of fixtures at this year’s World Cup, quickly leading to their chances of winning this time around being talked up.

That has now died down somewhat for the Three Lions after their dismal draw with USA, of course.

But they do still sit on the list of esteemed countries to have triumphed on the global stage, with their sole World Cup win, still today their only triumph in the men’s game, coming in 1966. Here is every nation to have won the Fifa World Cup at least once:

Who has won the World Cup? Full list of winners, from Uruguay to France

Fifa and Qatar will have the last laugh in this World Cup

10:33 , Karl Matchett

“So, we’re just a few days into the World Cup, and guess who’s winning? The football, of course, which is wonderful. But also the Qatari regime and Fifa – which, well, makes me sick as a parrot.

The beautiful game has shaded the ugly face of Fifa, and the magic may, as intended, end up successfully sportswashing the Qatar regime. They – Fifa and the Emirate – are already having the last laugh, albeit after a disastrous start.

I guess it was always going to be so. The World Cup is all about the football, to borrow a cliche. It’s not Cop27. It’s not a UN Human Rights convention or a parliamentary debate. It’s about Richarlison’s bicycle kick for Brazil against a leaden Serbia. Saudi Arabia’s giant-killing of Messi and Argentina (for which everyone in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia got a day off work and their formidable goalie, presumably, his own palace).”

Sean O’Grady provides a Voices perspective on why Fifa and Qatar will have the last laugh:

Fifa and Qatar will have the last laugh in this World Cup | Sean O’Grady

World Cup latest scores: Tunisia vs Australia

10:28 , Karl Matchett

We’re already into the live action this weekend and it’s Tunisia vs Australia in Group D’s early fixture.

There’s been an early goal too - Mitchell Duke ensuring the Socceroos start a game well once again. Can they maintain it this time?

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Tunisia vs Australia LIVE: World Cup 2022 latest updates

Argentina aim to ‘turn the page’ after shock opening chapter of World Cup

10:19 , Michael Jones

As Lionel Messi walked down for breakfast on the morning after the “nightmare” before, he immediately realised the Argentina squad needed rallying. The captain had told them they had to “turn the page” on the shock defeat to Saudi Arabia, but felt a bit more had to be done to change the atmosphere.

It was decided to open up their Qatar University camp and let the players’ families. They stayed for over five hours, and it was said to be “great for the team”.

There was already a considerable difference from 24 hours before, when the dressing room was described by numerous figures as “a horror”.

Argentina aim to ‘turn the page’ after shock opening chapter of World Cup

England fans’ boos add layer to noise around Gareth Southgate

10:03 , Michael Jones

It could be said, at least initially, that Gareth Southgate was in denial. That could easily apply to his comments that John Stones and Harry Maguire were “absolutely outstanding on the ball”, or that it wasn’t a game for Phil Foden in the middle “because he doesn’t play there for his club”.

It is really, however, about the result of all that. A very noisy number of England fans at the Al Bayt were again booing Southgate. It was of course loudest at the final whistle. Given Southgate’s response, the Simpsons meme from Waylon Smithers to Mr Burns has never been more apt. “Were we booed off, though? I’m not sure if that was aimed at us. I don’t know.”

When pressed on it, and told there was no real reason for any other boos, Southgate went from denial to an element of defiance.

England fans’ boos add layer to noise around Gareth Southgate

England booed off after USA draw in latest underwhelming World Cup display

09:52 , Michael Jones

A performance as unconvincing as the decision to light up the Wembley arch in the rainbow colours.

England’s chances of winning this World Cup right now look as far away as this supposed protest against Qatar’s laws and attitude to LGBTQ+. Such present concerns also had historical echoes. England still haven’t beaten USA in a World Cup match. Much more relevantly, they for long periods looked an inferior team in this dismal 0-0 draw. They had fewer chances and much less impetus and energy.

It means that, far from going and lifting this trophy, England must currently be much more concerned with going out. That is the position Gareth Southgate’s side have now put themselves in.

And while it would take an awful lot for a faltering Wales to turn this group around in the final game and eliminate England, we are talking about a team that went from rampantly putting six past Iran to one barely able to muster a shot on target at the Al Bayt Stadium.

England booed off after USA draw in latest underwhelming World Cup display

Robert Page appears to write off Wales’ round of 16 hopes after defeat to Iran

09:38 , Michael Jones

Wales are clinging on to a World Cup lifeline as they bid to reach the knockout stages – even though boss Robert Page appeared to write off their hopes after losing 2-0 to Iran.

England’s goalless draw with the United States on Friday night means that Wales still have a path to the round of 16.

Wales must beat England on Tuesday – something they have not achieved since 1984 – at Doha’s Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium and hope Iran and the United States draw their final group game.

That would see Wales finish behind England and above Iran in second spot on goal difference, the first deciding factor for teams level on points at this World Cup.

Beating England by anything less than a four-goal margin would not be enough for Wales should either Iran or USA win that final game.

Robert Page appears to write off Wales’ round of 16 hopes after defeat to Iran

Chastening Wales World Cup defeat prompts feeling of the end of an era

09:23 , Michael Jones

Aaron Ramsey’s exit was overshadowed. One of the players of Euro 2016 slipped out of his penultimate game of the 2022 World Cup, and surely any World Cup, amid the chaos caused by Wayne Hennessey’s sending-off. He was sacrificed for a substitute goalkeeper, with Danny Ward’s cameo involving the concession of two goals. The recipient of the first red card in Qatar was hugged by his friend Gareth Bale on his way off.

Wales football would not be at their first World Cup since the 1950s without Hennessey’s heroics against Ukraine, but his tournament is over and, after defeat to Iran, theirs nearly is. “We want to finish the competition on a high,” said manager Robert Page; it seemed realism rather than defeatism, to say their derby with England will be the end even though, mathematically, Wales’ fate was not sealed.

When Ramsey was removed, Bale remained on the pitch. Page’s tactic was to hope against hope a player with the propensity to produce something special out of nothing could turn rescuer again. He couldn’t; indeed he never threatened to. The faith in him stemmed from the evidence of his career, not the preceding 85 minutes.

Chastening Wales World Cup defeat prompts feeling of the end of an era

England turn to Wales after goalless World Cup draw with USA

09:08 , Michael Jones

Gareth Southgate is braced for the volume to turn up a notch at this “tournament of external noise” after stuttering England football team were held to a 0-0 draw by the United States.

Expectations were high after kicking off the World Cup with a 6-2 thrashing of Iran, only to be given a reality check in Friday’s Al Khor contest.

Christian Pulisic rattled the crossbar in the first half as Gregg Berhalter’s American side threatened to cause an upset against an England team that created precious little across the 90 minutes.

The goalless draw meant Southgate’s side blew the chance to wrap up progress to the knockout phase with a game to spare, leading to loud jeers echoing around Al Bayt Stadium at the final whistle.

England turn to Wales after goalless World Cup draw with USA

England add ‘USA 22’ to their collection of stodgy tournament games

08:58 , Michael Jones

I believe that that was bad. Not Nice bad. Not Cape Town bad. Certainly not Belo Horizonte in 1950 bad. But be in no doubt, after the fluidity and free-scoring of Monday’s opening game and the hope that England’s struggles since the turn of the year could be behind them, this was a return to stodgy, uninspired, set-piece reliant fare that has pockmarked the Gareth Southgate era, and it was bad.

Southgate warned that this would be a very different game compared to Iran. He was right about that. But he also predicted that it would be played at “100 mph” and that his players would have to be at it from the first whistle. If that was the type of contest he was expecting, he expected wrong, and perhaps that misreading of the challenge that the United States posed was at the root of England’s below-par performance.

Long passages of the first half resembled the vision of this sport from the States’ most popular and successful cultural export. Halfback passed to centre, back to wing, back to centre, centre held it. Held it. Held it. John Stones ended the first half with the most touches of any player on the pitch, while Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier were not too far behind. England’s build-up did not get off the ground floor.

England 0-0 USA? I believe that that was bad