US coach Bradley confident of upsetting England
United States coach Bob Bradley is expects his side to pull off a repeat of their famous 1950 win over England when the two sides meet in Rustenburg tonight.
The US’s 1-0 in the 1950 tournament in Brazil was dubbed ‘the miracle on grass’ and remains one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
The sides are more evenly balanced this time around, however Bradley would place a win alongside that of 60 years ago.
“We are all aware that 1950 was a big moment in USA soccer history and victory this time would certainly be right there on a par with it,” said the 52-year-old.
“But it wouldn’t be a surprise like some of the victories in the past. We’ve earned more and more respect over the years.
“We step on to the field believing we can win.
“It will take a strong, strong effort on our part, but the preparation has been good and the feeling is the players are ready to go.”
Fabio Capello has kept his cards close to his chest in terms of team selection but one man assured of a starting birth is Wayne Rooney.
And Bradley agreed that subduing the Manchester United man would be the key to stifling England’s attacking capabilities.
“Stopping Wayne Rooney is the key,” he added.
“He’s such an important player in their team. He comes here off a super season.
“Our ability to keep track of him and make life hard for him is a key part of us making sure we can win.
“We have to compete at the same level as him.”