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England set an unwanted World Cup record in draw with USA

The England national team, on Friday, etched their names into the history books of the World Cup for all the wrong reasons.

The Three Lions, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

Fresh off an opening day mauling of Iran, Gareth Southgate’s troops made the trip to Al Khor, hopeful of making it two wins from two to kick off the nation’s Qatar World Cup adventure, on this occasion at the expense of the United States of America.

When all was said and done, however, England were brought firmly back down to earth by a stout American outfit.

A hard-fought 90 minutes at the Al Bayt Stadium ultimately gave rise to a goalless draw, meaning Southgate and co. have not yet ensured their place in the competition’s knockout rounds ahead of a final day group stage showdown with neighbours Wales.

On the back of the action coming to a close on Friday evening, the bulk of the chatter across England’s supporter base has centered on the lack of intent showcased by their side against the USA.

Evidently, though, Southgate’s men are far from the first outfit to have struggled in front of goal whilst donning England’s colours on the biggest stage in international football.

In fact, tonight marked the 12th occasion on which the nation have been held to a 0-0 stalemate in a World Cup fixture.

And, as per statisticians Opta, this is more than any other country have managed across the competition’s near-century-long history, dating all the way back to 1930.

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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