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Christian Pulisic and his ‘D-Day’ against England at the World Cup

Christian Pulisic smiles after the draw for Qatar-2022. His first World Cup leading the United States also gave him the opportunity to settle scores with England, the country where he plays while Chelsea are under permanent doubt.

“It’s exciting to play against England,” the striker admitted then.

Before speaking to reporters, Pulisic received calls from a teammate and rival at Mason Mount, Chelsea on Friday, the second day of the World Cup Group B.

England will go into that game high on confidence from their 6-2 opener rout while the United States have little room for error after their 1-1 draw against Wales.

For Pulisic, it will be a double trial by fire. ‘Team USA’ need their leader to keep their chances of qualifying alive and the striker may also want to reverse his position at Chelsea or persuade their many suitors to bet heavily on his signature at a high-end fee. Seeks to offer class performance.

In his debut on the top stage, Pulisic completed his role by providing a superb assist on Tim Weah’s goal.

The United States outplayed Wales in the first half with their pace and dynamism, but failed to seal the win with a forced penalty converted by Gareth Bale.

Qatar’s second youngest team, the United States, shook their nerves early, hoping to salvage valuable points against favorites England.

“I think we have a good enough team to qualify. England is our next test, we have to be aggressive and win matches,” Pulisic said.

In the Premier League, Pulisic has reached some pioneering career milestones for an American footballer, most notably winning the 2021 Champions League.

But overall, the experience so far has been a disappointing one for a footballer for whom Chelsea made one of the biggest transfer deals in their history.

Taking advantage of his Croatian passport, which he received from his paternal family, Pulisic was able to train in European football from a very young age.

At the age of 16, he joined the lower divisions of Borussia Dortmund, where he played for four seasons in which he became one of continental football’s rising figures.

Attracted by his audacity, ability and eye for goal, Chelsea shelled out around $70 million for the services of the Pennsylvania youngster, one of the great signings of 2019.

In his first campaign in London, he shone with nine goals and six assists in 25 games, but his performances fell off the following season and his appearances in the starting eleven were reduced following the arrival of coach Thomas Tuchel.

In the 2021 Champions League, he made important contributions such as a goal and an assist in the semi-final against Real Madrid. In the final against Manchester City, in which he entered as a substitute, he became the first American to win a major European title.

In a magical week, the forward with great mobility and good definition also played in the first final of the CONCACAF Nations League, scoring the winning goal against Mexico.

This campaign, Tuchel’s dismissal didn’t even give Tipp ownership. In his selections, on the other hand, his leadership has remained intact to the point that the selector, Greg Berhalter, considers him a “definite contender”.

Pulisic has accumulated 21 goals and 11 assists in 53 appearances with the national team and at the age of 24, he feels the time has come to put all doubters to rest.

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