A 6-2 thrashing by Iran on Monday lifted fans’ hopes, but Gareth Southgate’s side were lucky not to have to relive their 1950 World Cup disaster against the Americans.
England captain Harry Kane was limited to half chances, as England came closest to scoring on the stroke of half-time through a try from Mason Mount.
The momentum went back and forth in the second half, but the best chance was a straight shot from England’s Marcus Rashford in the 87th minute that easily stopped Matt Turner.
Then, in the third minute of stoppage time, Kane got his head on a free kick but fired the ball to the left of goal.
This was the USA’s first shutout against a European opponent at the World Cup since a 1–0 win against England Brazil in 1950.
Although the result and performances were disappointing, England top the group with four points and remain in the boxseat to reach the last 16.