Inter Miami defender and former England international Kieran Gibbs believes his adopted homeland will give Gareth Southgate’s side a difficult game at Friday’s World Cup in Qatar.
Ex-Arsenal man Gibbs, 33, has won 10 caps for England but having played in Major League Soccer for the last two seasons he is in a better position than most to warn Gareth Southgate what’s on due to him.
The left-back is impressed with what he’s seen of Gregg Berhalter’s side so far.
“They are an exciting team, USA. They have a lot of speed, a lot of power,” Gibbs told MLS.com.
“I was particularly impressed with the center of the park for USA vs Wales.
“Most games are won in that area of the field and when you have high energy teams that like to press and be aggressive it becomes a difficult game for you.
“I also think the USA will play with a little more freedom than a lot of teams at the World Cup because they’re not expected to be world champions like you say and they’re young.
“That creates players who have a lot of freedom out there and often work in your favor. Then you play without that extra pressure and you can just go out there and express yourself.”
England are favorites to win on Friday and opened their World Cup season with a 6-2 win over Iran just before the USA-Wales draw.
Timothy Weah opened the scoring for USMNT but LAFC forward Gareth Bale equalized with a late penalty.
The USA close out their group with a game against Iran on Tuesday, while Gibbs’ old side England meet British rivals Wales.