England and Holland goal for the final 16 on the World Cup

England go into their second match of the World Cup in opposition to the US on Friday realizing victory would guarantee a spot within the spherical of 16, whereas the Netherlands might additionally qualify for the knockout levels.

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Gareth Southgate’s males kicked off their marketing campaign with a 6-2 defeat by Iran who tackle Wales of their opening Group B match on Friday.

Whatever the consequence of that match, England would undergo beating the People, however they’re going to have to beat a gifted younger crew and the burden of historical past.

The USA knocked England out of the 1950 match with one of many largest shocks within the World Cup and led a star-studded crew to a 1-1 attract 2010 greatest remembered for a scream from England goalkeeper Rob Inexperienced.

“Have we ever crushed the US on the World Cup? No. Tomorrow we now have to attempt to make historical past” Southgate stated at a pre-match press convention.

“We’re good at talking properly of ourselves as a nation with little or no proof. We all know we are going to face a really motivated crew. I do not assume we are going to underestimate the US in any respect.”

England are nonetheless combating for his or her first main match title in 56 years after shedding final yr’s European Championship last to Italy on penalties.

They obtained a lift forward of the USA match, nonetheless, as captain Harry Kane was handed regardless of struggling a knock on his ankle in opposition to Iran.

Carlos Queiroz’s Iran will probably be eradicated in the event that they lose to Wales, who drew their opening objective in opposition to the US.

Ahead Mehdi Taremi, who scored the 2 targets in opposition to England, denied the facet had come underneath strain from the Iranian authorities after they determined to not sing the nationwide anthem earlier than the primary match.

“I do not like to speak about political points, however we’re not underneath strain,” he stated.

Wales might come near qualifying forward of a gathering with neighbors England on three factors of their first World Cup since defeat by Pelé’s Brazil within the 1958 quarter-finals.

“They seem to be a powerful crew and so they’re within the World Cup for a cause,” stated of Iran skipper Gareth Bale, who scored a late penalty in opposition to the US.

– Dutch focusing on title –

Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands might additionally progress to Group A by beating Ecuador, however would want Qatar to attract with Senegal.

Oranje received 2-0 in opposition to the African champions of their first outing because of late targets from in-form children Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen.

Three-time runners-up the Netherlands are within the World Cup for the primary time since ending third underneath Van Gaal in 2014.

“We’re right here to turn out to be world champions,” stated Van Gaal on the eve of the match.

Qatar are in determined want of a solution after collapsing for a tame 2-0 defeat to Ecuador within the match curtain name that noticed many of the crowd depart earlier than the ultimate whistle.

One other defeat might see the Asian Cup holders turn out to be solely the second residence crew to be eradicated within the group stage, after South Africa in 2010.

“We hope to be free from all of the strain we had within the opening recreation,” stated Qatar coach Felix Sanchez. “I hope we are able to compete and convey our ‘A Recreation’.”

On Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo turned the primary man to attain in 5 World Cups with a controversial penalty in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana, whereas favorites Brazil began properly by beating Serbia.