England vs United States: H2H, Derby Rivalry, Watch Live & More
The England vs United States football rivalry may seem tame in comparison to others, but it undoubtedly has the potential to become more serious in the future.
The two sides have faced each other at three World Cups, and England are yet to record a victory over a nation that generally favours other sports.
We take a closer look at England vs United States including the H2H (stats correct – May 11, 2023), how to watch live, the history of the rivalry and more.
England vs United States H2H
The two teams have faced each other on 12 occasions, with England leading the H2H 8-2 and two matches finishing drawn.
The Three Lions also have the edge in terms of silverware, with their success at the 1966 World Cup the only time either side has lifted a major trophy.
Notable England vs United States Results
- United States 1-0 England – World Cup – June 1950
- United States 3-6 England – Friendly – June 1953
- United States 1-8 England – Friendly – May 1959
- United States 0-10 England – Friendly – May 1964
- United States 2-0 England – Friendly – June 1993
- England 1-1 United States – World Cup – June 2010
England vs United States Live Streams
Channel 4 is the best place to watch England matches, with the broadcaster owning the rights to broadcast their games until 2024. US games are available on TNT, TBS and HBO Max.
If the two teams are drawn to play each other in World Cup tournaments, the games will likely be broadcast on the BBC or ITV.
There are loads of other streaming platforms that cover live international games, but you will need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to gain access.
One of the best services is Express VPN, which can be downloaded to various devices including Android, iOS, Fire TV, PC, Mac and smart televisions.
England vs United States History
England suffered one the most humiliating defeats in football history in June 1950, when they were beaten 1-0 by the US in a World Cup group stage match.
The US fielded a team of semi-professional players but dramatically upset the odds against the so-called ‘Kings of Football’.
England were in fine form in the run-up to the game and thought they had the luxury of leaving Stanley Matthews out of the team.
The English media famously dismissed the US before the game, arrogantly claiming that the Three Lions should give their opponents a three-goal start.
However, a 37th-minute goal by Joe Gaetjens sealed the victory for the US and blew a big hole in England’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stage.
England dominated four subsequent friendly matches between 1952 and 1985, winning by a combined 29-3 scoreline.
The two teams next faced each other in June 1993, when England suffered an embarrassing 2-0 defeat in Boston.
Goals by Thomas Dooley and Alexi Lalas were enough to beat an England team comprising several top names including Gary Pallister, John Barnes and Paul Ince.
There have been six meetings since then, with England recording four victories and the other two matches drawn.
Both those draws came in World Cup tournaments, highlighting that England can no longer underestimate the US on a football pitch.
England vs United States Controversies
Unlike many other international football rivalries, there is no real history of controversy between England and the US.
The Three Lions view their main rivals as Scotland and Germany, while the US generally focus their energy on Mexico.
However, a rivalry between each nation’s women’s teams has started to flicker in recent years, particularly now England are emerging as a force at international level.
The US have long been the dominant force in the women’s game, winning four World Cup titles (1991, 1999, 2015 & 2019) and four Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008 & 2012).
England were heavily touted as the main rivals to the US at the 2019 World Cup, with numerous pundits backing them to knock them out in the semi-finals.
The US triumphed 2-1, although the margin of victory could have been greater had they needed to step on the gas.
US star Alex Morgan famously sparked fury during the game, celebrating her winning goal with a ‘tea-drinking’ celebration in an obvious dig at England.
England’s then-manager Phil Neville called the celebration ‘disrespectful’, laying the foundations for what could develop into a more heated rivalry in future.
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