Although the odds favor England against the U.S., and the Americans are coming off a 1-1 draw against Wales, the arachnids remain atop Adams’ list of concerns.
Tyler Adams of the United States attends a press conference on the eve of the Group B World Cup soccer match between England and the United States in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
“England are still a big team at the end of the day, but the intimidation factor? I wouldn’t say there’s many things out there that intimidate me other than spiders,” he said. “So it’s fine for me, but obviously I’ve got to play against all those big players, so I’ve done it before.
Tyler Adams (4) of the United States chases after a loose ball during a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and USMNT at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium Nov. 21, 2022, in Doha, Qatar. (John Todd/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
England has a history of success at the World Cup and reached the semifinals in 2018. England won the World Cup in 1996 and is coming off a dominating 6-2 victory over Iran.
Tyler Adams (4) of the United States acknowledges coaches during a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match against Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium Nov. 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (John Todd/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
“I think that, in a lot of games, people would probably say we are the underdogs, but we carry that with pride,” said Adams. “It doesn’t mean anything to us to be underdogs, to be favorites.”
“It’s obviously a huge opportunity to fast-track the impact that we can have. These are the games — high pressure, a privileged moment — to step on the field against some of these guys. We respect them, and there’s probably mutual respect between both teams. And when you get a result in a game like this, people start to respect Americans a little bit more.”
source: Fox News