The FIFA World Cup won’t occur until later this year, but the matchups are all set, and the England national team is in Group B with the United States, Iran, and the winner of the Euro-playoff, which would be either Scotland, Wales, or Ukraine.
After the groups were drawn, Nashville SC and USMNT center back Walker Zimmerman spoke with MLSsoccer.com, stating he’s eager to go up against and defend Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
Zimmerman highlighted the qualities that make the 28-year-old one of the best strikers in the world but finished by saying their defense is more than ready to defend him on November 25th.
“It’s got to be Harry Kane,” Zimmerman said. “He’s a player who’s been in top form for years now and has kind of evolved into that leader of that team.
“He’s certainly a talent that scores a lot of goals, provides a lot of different ways that he can hurt you, whether it’s with his final pass, his production in the box, his size, physicality. Obviously, he’s an excellent finisher, so that’s someone that we’ll be aware of in the back, and I’m looking forward to that challenge.”
The 28-year-old adds that the matchup against The Three Lions is a good measuring stick for an American squad whose core players are all in their mid to early 20s. Furthermore, Zimmerman says they want to give England a run for their money as both teams are vying to finish atop the group.
“Having guys that have played against them multiple times, played in the same league as them, it’s going to be beneficial for us, and I know that everyone will be helping each other out as much as possible in terms of scouting and preparation and habits and mentality,” he said.
“So really excited to talk to the other guys. We’ve got a group chat going already.”