Jordan Pickford helped secure a point for England as they drew 0-0 with USA in a tense Group B clash.
Gareth Southgate’s side struggled to match their incredible performance against Iran in a similar display to their second outing at their last major tournament when they were held to a goalless draw by Scotland.
They will be hoping that sense of déjà vu continues this winter with a point to maintain their position at the top of the group heading into next week’s qualifying decider against the Welsh.
It was the Everton goalkeeper’s first goal in this year’s finals and 22nd in an England shirt on what was a relatively quiet night for the Englishman.
While the Americans had their chances in front of goal, only one found the back of the net which Pickford calmly collected in the opening half hour.
Everton team-mate Conor Coady was an unused substitute.
The fate of the group will be decided on Tuesday (19:00 GMT) when Pickford, Coady and their England team-mates take on Wales at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Qatar.
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