ENGLAND’s dour 0-0 draw with the USA was not an easy watch – but it could prove to a good omen for tournament success.
The Three Lions endured their first bump in the road in the World Cup as they stumbled against America.
Gregg Berhalter‘s side were disciplined and probably had the better chances in the 90 minutes.
But ultimately it was a game to forget with Wags left bored in the stadium and viewers turning their attention to Roy Keane’s appearance.
But England fans can take one positive omen from tonight’s result, if not performance.
The group stage 0-0 draw is actually an encouraging indicator for the nation, with the result repeatedly coming up in England’s most successful international tournaments.
In 1966 when the Three Lions won the World Cup for the first time, they also endured an early goalless game.
On that occasion it was Uruguay who England could not get past as they were held in the opening game.
But 2-0 wins against Mexico and France followed and the host nation were into the quarter-finals.
They then overcame Argentina, beat Portugal in the semi-final, before Geoff Hurst’s famous goal downed Germany.
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A 0-0 draw also occurred last year during England’s successful run to the Euros final.
Gareth Southgate’s side were caught in a scrappy match with Scotland in their second group game which bore resemblances to tonight’s clash with the USA.
But despite that disappointing result, England went all the way to the final before losing out on penalties to Italy.
Before England can start dreaming of their first World Cup final since 1966, they must first get past Wales in the final group game.