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United States in focus: What awaits England in Friday’s World Cup clash?

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England will qualify for the World Cup knockout phase if they beat the United States on Friday.Here is a closer look at the side standing in the way of Gareth Southgate’s men.The US claimed the final automatic place on offer to CONCACAF teams – just.Defeats to Canada, Costa Rica and Panama left them in danger of going into an inter-confederation play-off.But they finished above Costa Rica on goal difference to join Canada and Mexico as automatic qualifiers.A third-place finish at the inaugural tournament in 1930 remains America’s best World Cup performance.After a 40-year absence from 1950 to 1990, the US competed at seven successive World Cups and reached the last eight in 2002.The USA also reached the knockout stages in 2010 and 2014, but they failed to qualify for Russia four years ago.Gregg Berhalter has been in charge since December 2018 and led them to CONCACAF Gold Cup success in November 2021, beating Mexico 1-0 in the final.The 49-year-old from New Jersey briefly played for Crystal Palace during his nomadic playing career around Europe and managed Swedish side Hammarby and MLS outfit Columbus Crew before taking the US job.They have plenty of talented young players at some of the biggest clubs around Europe, but with that age profile comes an inconsistency which has been reflected in their results.Berhalter prefers a 4-3-3 formation with threats out wide and a desire to profit from transition and launch quick counter-attacks.The US won seven, drew four and lost three of their 14 matches in World Cup qualifying.Since qualifying for Qatar in March, their form has been patchy.

Morocco (3-0) and Grenada (5-0) were blown away, but the latter was their only win in the last five.Berhalter’s men kicked off the World Cup

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