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England go into today’s encounter with the USA knowing a win will be enough to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup with a game to spare. The Three Lions are fresh off the back of their 6-2 thrashing of Iran and confidence will be high that they can follow it up with another victory against their North American opponents. 

Over eight million people tuned into the opening game and viewing figures are expected to be higher today with the match falling on Friday evening. Much of the country have finished work for the day and may take in the game before enjoying their weekends. 

England vs USA will kick off at 7pm GMT with the game shown live on ITV 1. Coverage will get underway at 6.05pm with the show also available to stream live on ITV X. 

Mark Pougatch will host the programme while Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ian Wright provide analysis from the studio. Laura Woods and Karen Carney will provide analysis from pitchside with Sam Matterface and Lee Dixon in the commentary box. 

Much of the build-up to the match has been dominated by injury concerns regarding Harry Kane, but the England skipper is set to be fit to start the match despite suffering from an ankle knock. Harry Maguire has also been cleared to play after suffering from blurred vision during the second half of the Iran match but James Maddison is still struggling with a knee problem and is unlikely to feature at all. 

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Gareth Southgate has been keen to stress that England’s total focus is on beating the USA in order to ensure the Three Lions do not have to endure a stressful game against Wales in the final group match. A win would secure qualification and could even tie up first place depending on the result of the earlier game between the Dragons and Iran. 

“We would like to get qualification done as soon as possible,” he told BBC Sport “The first objective is to get out of the group. We would love to do that on Friday, but the game won’t be anything like Monday.

“We have to make sure we are back to the psychological place we were at the start because the States will be an athletic team, press really well, be organised, well coached.

“They have quite a few players we know from the Premier League and they showed in the first half against Wales the best side of themselves. Monday was a great start and it is that reset to be ready for Friday.”

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