Gregg Berhalter has confirmed key playmaker Giovanni Reyna will be available for the United States Men’s National Team’s clash with England on Friday, despite keeping his starting lineup under lock and key.
Reyna failed to see the pitch at all during the USMNT’s 1-1 draw with Wales on Monday to open their Group B campaign, first being left out of the starting XI before seeing others brought off the bench ahead of him.
After the match, Berhalter suggested Reyna had ‘a little bit of tightness’ that meant it wasn’t worth risking the Borussia Dortmund youngster. However, that flew in the face of Reyna’s own assessment.
“No, I feel great. I feel really good. I feel ready to go,” he said. “I felt good, I felt ready to go but it was just his [Berhalter’s] decision.”
Berhalter was asked by reporters whether or not Reyna would be ‘risked’ against England on Friday, prompting a fiery response from the USMNT coach.
“I think I was pretty clear after the game saying he was available for the match, and it was a coach’s decision that he didn’t play,” said Berhalter. “And he’ll be available for tomorrow’s match, and we’ll see what happens.”
Berhalter also confirmed Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest are ‘both fine’ after fitness scares of their own, but refused to reveal any details regarding his potential starting XI.
He did, however, insist the magnitude of renewing rivalries with England will be motivation enough for his players to handle the short recovery time between World Cup matches.
“I think this is a pretty easy one – you’re getting to play England. That’s the recovery right there,” he said. “You get to play one of the teams that we think is the favorite of the tournament. I think there’s not going to be many tired players come Friday.”
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Ben White leaves England World Cup squad due to ‘personal reasons’
Arsenal star Ben White has left England’s World Cup training camp and isn’t expected to return for the remainder of the tournament.
The defender didn’t make an appearance in any of the Three Lions group stage games, and has now left the squad due to ‘personal reasons’.
In a statement released by England, the Three Lions confirmed the news: “Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons.
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“The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time.”
White has enjoyed a fantastic domestic season with Arsenal, becoming the club’s first choice right-back – and one of the best right-backs in the Premier League – as the Gunners have gone from top four challengers to table-toppers.
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France, who have already secured a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup 2022, play Tunisia on Wednesday in their final Group D matchup.
In the meantime, the African nation is last in the standings and must defeat the current champions to advance to the knockout stages.
Poland XI (4-4-1-1): Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior, Cash; Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Swiderski; Lewandowski
Argentina XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez, Di María
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