2022-11-24 17:00:00

England reporter notebook: Gareth Southgate to stick with the team which beat Iran against USA

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By Rob Dorsett

Gareth Southgate could well stick with the same starting XI for England's second Group B game against USA on Friday.

Don't expect many - if any - changes, after the team recorded their biggest-ever win to kick off their World Cup finals.

The old adage 'don't change a winning team' will be ringing loud in Southgate's mind, such were the positives to come out of the 6-2 victory over Iran.

And - James Maddison aside - the rest of the squad have been given a clean bill of health with everyone available for selection.

Seeing captain Harry Kane out there training, without any strapping on his troublesome right ankle and moving freely and seemingly pain-free, is the biggest plus for the England boss.

Kane is England's only irreplaceable. The one man whose absence dramatically weakens an England starting XI. He will start.

As will Harry Maguire, who will win his 50th international cap.

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