Full-time - 90'
1 - 1
18:30 +00:00, June 12, 2010
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa
Referee: Carlos Eugenio Simon (BRA)
Right, thanks for tuning in folks. Join Jon Carter now for a full-time chat to talk over all the issues from the game.
John Brewin in Rustenburg: Verdict: The same old story. Undone by the inexplicable and then all the promise washed away. England have plenty to work on while USA should not count on beating their next two opponents.
FULL-TIME. ENGLAND 1-1 USA. England were the better side and created more chances but they were left to rue Green's first-half clanger. He went some way to atoning for his mistake by producing a smart stop from Altidore, but let's face it, this result is a much bigger one for USA than Fabio Capello's side.
England have kept a clean sheet in just 32% of games under Fabio Capello, compared to 61% under Steve McClaren. Leaky.
Dempsey tries one from distance again, but his volley is sliced wide this time.
Howard to launch it forward for USA.
Offside against the big man.
Terry forward for England. Cole lobs it towards Crouch.
Four minutes of added time to be played.
Headed away again by Gerrard.
Headed away by Gerrard but Cherundolo puts a second cross in.
Donovan to take it.
England starting to look a little frustrated. Donovan accelerates forward again, releases Holden down the right and Cole knocks it out for a USA corner.
Donovan does well in midfield and brings USA forward. He tries a long range effort (I'm surprised there haven't been more of those this half!) but it's over.
England fans getting restless as their team pass the ball sideways not forwards.
Ball pumped long towards...Lennon. Probably not the best tactic!
Onyewu with a fantastic challenge on Crouch but Clark gives the ball away with a poor pass.
Free-kick comes in and Crouch heads wide. Nowhere near.
Really solid performance from Altidore, having been criticised for being poor with Hull last season, he has worked hard tonight.
USA SUB: Holden on for Altidore
England definitely pushing hard for the winner and Rooney is brought down again. Free-kick won in midfield.
Rooney looks distraught that Lennon didn't look for him with the cross.
England had a great break on - Lennon was away again but AGAIN his final ball was poor and behind Lampard, who couldn't manufacture a shot.
But he calmed himself down and tried to pick out an onrushing Cole with a flicked pass. Defended well by Cherundolo.
Onyewu prevents Rooney from getting past him, and the England striker showed signs of getting angry.
Cole begging for some support down the left. He looks inside for Lampard, who promptly gives the ball away cheaply.
Gerrard gave it away and Buddle tried to beat Green who was out of position but he couldn't get it past Carragher.
Wright-Phillips releases Rooney after dribbling into the USA half. Rooney's cross not quite good enough for Crouch and his header is harmless.
USA almost broke away after that last corner - they've got pace on the counter.
Something different for Onyewu and DeMerit to deal with.
ENGLAND SUB: Crouch on for Heskey.
John Brewin in Rustenburg: England fans singing "God save the Queen" when "God save the Green" would be more appropriate.
Gerrard's corner headed away.
Johnson AGAIN down the right and it's deflected over the bar. It's all England and Crouch is ready to come on.
USA SUB: Buddle on for Findley
Gerrard's cross into Heskey - another great delivery -but the striker's header is over. Good defensive work from DeMerit.
Rooney beginning to burst into life.
Into Rooney at the near post and it was a great flick in towards Howard. But he holds onto it.
Wright-Phillips clean through thanks to Rooney's through ball, but it's palmed away easily enough by Howard.
Great effort from Rooney, a speculative effort that was just wide.
Late tackle on Gerrard just inside the USA half.
YELLOW CARD: Findley.
Johnson again making the move down the right but again the final ball isn't good enough.
Findley through again and Carragher holds him off. Good strength.
Bradley attacks at pace but his ball is too long for Findley.
Heskey moving a little gingerly.
Donovan looks frustrated by a poor touch from Altidore.
Superb right-wing cross from Gerrard towards Rooney but it's just too high. Rooney flings himself acrobatically towards the ball but he can't get there.
Johnson again with some good work and Lennon's cross breaks to Wright-Phillips. It's a heavy first touch but Rooney nearly escapes into the box.
Heskey offside again. He's doing well but just needs to watch his possession when the long ball comes in.
Rooney has been a bit of a non-entity in the second half.
High and over - row Z getting some catching practice in.
Lampard to take...
Heskey again holding the ball up well and he's brought down by Onyewu. Free-kick 35 yards out.
England look right but Johnson is off the pitch. Capello's side in need of some fresh ideas.
Johnson has some blood on show and is forced off the pitch to be cleaned up.
Wow, great chance for USA. Carragher was really exposed.
Altidore burst past Carragher with ease, accelerated into the area and struck a great shot that was saved impressively by Green. Reputation restored?
Fantastic stop from Altidore's shot. He tipped it onto the bar.
SAVE BY GREEN!
Lampard crosses in and it comes to Johnson at the back post. He takes a great first touch and then lashes it wide with his left.
Breaks to Lampard who strikes one with his left from 25 yards out. Howard tips it up over the crossbar. Corner.
England down the right again with Johnson.
Johnson steams forward, puts a good left-footed cross in but it's cleared by Onyewu.
He whips it in, it comes of Bocanega's back and launches up and over the bar.
Will he test Green?
Foul on Dempsey gives USA a chance to deliver from the left of the penalty area.
YELLOW CARD: Gerrard
Onyewu delivers towards Bocanegra but Gerrard beats him in the air.
Penalised for a bad tackle on Findley.
YELLOW CARD: Carragher
Cole does well against Donovan and wins it back. He looks long for rooney and the pressure on Onyewu forces him to put the ball out for a throw.
It's all USA at the moment, aside from a good piece of interplay between Lampard and Rooney. But the England striker gave it away immediately.
Long ball from Bradley to Altidore and Carragher plays it safe - he was losing the foot race there and knocked it out of play.
Cherundolo looks to release Donovan again but it's out of play.
Again Howard looks long for Altidore and Donovan can attack down the left.
Floated in but Johnson in position to knock it clear.
Carragher commits a foul and Donovan will take the free-kick just inside the England half.
Wright-Phillips has some space to run down the right but Cherundolo tackles him well.
USA constantly searching long for Altidore.
Heskey flaggged offside again, are there any other players involved?!
Damning assessment from Mr Brewin.
John Brewin in Rustenburg: When that ball went to Heskey it was clear he would not score.
Heskey has not scored for club or country since February.
Inadvertent handball by Altidore but it's an England free-kick.
USA now down the right of midfield with a throw-in.
It's straight at Howard. Real wasted chance!
Heskey clean through...
Not sure how much he was interfering with play.
Ball booted long by Terry and it goes all the way through to the onrushing Rooney. Heskey's offside though.
Johnson's cross is cleared out and then Lennon takes a second bite but it's too long for Rooney. Good penetration but the final ball has been lacking.
England doing some pressing and Heskey doing really well in the opening stages.
Lennon bursts down the right and cuts it back, but it's too far behind Rooney and it's hoofed to safety.
Dempsey and Findley combine but England clear their lines.
YELLOW CARD: DeMerit
Lampard curls it in and Terry meets it but heads wide.
Free-kick England down the left, about 40 yards out.
Apparently King has an injury problem. Not a good sign.
Wright-Phillips with an early burst down the left but it's taken out of play.
ENGLAND SUB: Carragher on for King.
And we're off...
Right, we are almost ready for the second half, the players are out on the pitch.
I'm sure Algeria and Slovenia will be rubbing their hands together - if this one stays as a draw then they will be in a great position to take advantage when they meet on Sunday.
Apparently James and Hart waited at half-time to console Green as he left the pitch. Real band of brothers stuff from the England goalkeepers.
Dom at Soccernet HQ gives his view on proceedings so far: England had a dodgy start but got it together and looked the better side. The USA goal came from nowhere and I think Capello's side just need to carry on in the same way for the second half.
Fair play to Clint Dempsey though, if you don't shoot, you don't score. USA looked a tidy side and dominated possession during a number of spells - though half-time stats say it was 50-50 in the first half.
I don't think The Jabulani ball can be blamed for the Green error, it was an awful mistake - shades of Scott Carson against Croatia in Euro 2008 qualifying. Will it be the end of Green's international career too?
Soccernet Editor John Brewin is at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Let's hear what he has to say: England should have the lead. Not just 1-0 but more. Yet USA have also threatened and while that was a fortiuitous goal they had chances. Hopefully the bad luck is now out of the way.
Join Jon Carter for a quick half-time chat to talk over all the issues from the first 45.
The whistle goes for half time and it's 1-1 in Rustenburg. A terrible error from Rob Green is the talking point as the US find themselves on level terms after England looked to be on course for a very comfortable half.
Altidore forces a throw in an attacking position on the right as the US look to end the half on even more of a high.
There will be 3 added minutes at the end of the first half.
But Lennon forces a late first half corner on the right for England.
England look shellshocked after Green's error and have retreated to a harmless passing game in midfield.
Heskey has picked himself up after being clattered into.
John Brewin in Rustenburg: Rooney has found his spot, quite a way behind Heskey and he is conducting matters. Gerrard and Lampard are his water carriers at the moment.
David Beckham doesn't look happy in the dugout.
Johnson tries to respond immediately for England but his left footed shot is saved.
GOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL The USA have equalised! Dempsey tries a speculative left-footed shot from distance and Green makes an absolute howler as the ball rolls out of his hands and trickles into the goal. Awful error by the England keeper.
Yellow card: Steve Cherundolo (USA)
Donovan, who is the USA's most dangerous player, has a shot from all of 30 yards after stealing some space off John Terry. Green was scrambling but the shot goes wide.
Wright-Phillips makes a yard of space of the left corner of the box and shoots with his right, but slices it wide.
Findley puts his foot on the gas to get away from Glen Johnson, but runs into a blind alley. But fantastic acceleration from the Real Salt Lake player.
England win a corner after an impressive build-up. Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole combine, but Cole's cut back to Rooney is intercepted by Bradley.
Tim Howard doesn't look comfortable after his clash with Heskey.
JC at Soccernet HQ: Lennon's delivery so far has looked vaguely familiar, but I thought Capello left Walcott at home!
Curious substitution from Capello as Milner didn't seem to be injured. He has been suffering with a stomach bug, but Capello's thinking remains unclear.
England sub: Shaun Wright-Phillips for James Milner.
Heskey missed the ball but not Tim Howard. Heskey has taken the US keeper out and he's receiving treatment.
The US clear the corner but England come forward in another wave of attack. Glen Johnson puts a ball into the corridor of uncertainty and Heskey slides in, just missing the ball.
Heskey puts a ball across the face of goal, Lennon gathers it on the right and wins a corner for England.
Donovan puts in another pinpoint delivery this time on to the head of Oguchi Onyewu, whose header whistles past the face of goal.
Milner is penalised for a trip on Cherundolo. Seemed a bit harsh but he definitely fouled him. Free kick to the US from the right.
Yellow card: James Milner
ESPN Stats & Info: USA have never comeback from one down to win at the World Cup. Last time they came back from one down to draw was against Italy in the 2006 group stage (1-1 final score).
Bradley plays a fast ball into Altidore's feet who touches it first time in search for Findley. Ledley King makes a crucial interception and the danger is gone but that was nice football from the US.
ESPN Stats & Info: The last five England goals at World Cup finals have been scored by midfielders.
Editor John Brewin in Rustenburg: Steven Gerrard is rising to the armband.
It's been a great first 20 minutes or so for England, and Steven Gerrard.
Bocanegra and Johnson are tussling on the US left wing.
Rooney tries his luck from distance. A decent effort but he wasn't going to beat his former Manchester United teammate Tim Howard from 30 yards.
Rooney flicks it on for Lennon who bursts into space on the right but can't find Heskey in the middle. He should have shot there really.
Great chance for the US. Landon Donovan puts a tempting ball in towards Altidore who gets a glancing head on the cross but can't put it away. Let off for England.
Terry concedes a free kicik on the half way line and the US can launch the ball forward here.
Cherundolo plays a familiar pass, a long ball in search of Donovan who can't quite bring it under control as it bounces out for a England goal kick.
England have been scrappy in possession but are pressing well in midfield, giving the US no time to keep the ball.
Gerrard is all over the pitch! Another crunching tackle on the half way line. He's taking this captaincy thing rather seriously by the looks of it!
A third US corner is won after Gerrard cuts out a cross from Donovan. The US play it short but England escape as the cross was poor.
Landon Donovan's corner from the right was dangerous and Oguchi Onyewu was beaten to it by Ledley King. Another US corner.
Findley sprints like a greyhound down the right wing and leaves Terry in his wake. Gerrard gets back to make a crucial tackle. USA corner.
Glen Johnson strids forward for England and sees a shot sail over Howard's goal.
Dempsey gets his first sight of goal as he steals a foot of space in front of Terry, but his header finds the hands of Rob Green.
The US have responded by camping themselves in England's half. The England fans are in such good voice that they can actually be heard over the buzz of the vuvuzelas.
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Unbelievable start to this game! Heskey picks the ball up with his back to goal and spots the charging run of Steven Gerrard into the box, who takes a touch and cooly finishes beyond the advancing Tim Howard. 1-0 England
The US are enjoying some decent early possession but the pressure is relieved for England, as they win a free kick in their own half.
Colin on Facebook: England all the way...who will stop Wayne Rooney?!
But the waiting is over! We're off in Rustenberg. England, in all white, are shooting from left to right. The USA are in their navy blue away kit.
The build-up to this one has been so intense that you may be forgiven for thinking it?s the World Cup final itself.
Muhiyaden on Facebook: Time for relationship is over, USA must win that is the only relationship that we are looking today. So GO USA!
More from John at the stadium: I can confirm the Star-Spangled banner is longer than our national anthem.
John's noticed a little bit of humour from the stands: Great banner: "Wayne Bridge for USA"
God Save The Queen and Star Spangled Banner have been sung out and we are moments from kick off. Let's hope for a cracker.
USA XI: Howard, Bocanegra, Cherundolo, Demerit, Onyewu, Donovan, Bradley, Clark, Dempsey, Altidore, Findley.
England XI: Green, G. Johnson, King, Terry, A. Cole, Lennon, Gerrard (captain), Lampard, Milner, Heskey, Rooney.
Let me bring you up to date with the starting line-ups.
John says: Give or take the earbleeding PA system, the atmosphere is building. England dominate the stands it seems. Bob Marley is a big part of this World Cup. "Could You Be Loved" is on rather a lot. Gets good with the chord shift in the coda. Still plenty of empty seats. very odd.
Soccernet Editor John Brewin is at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium and will be keeping us updated on developments throughout the game.
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Hello everyone, Michael Da Silva here. Welcome to live coverage of England vs USA in Rustenberg, South Africa.