U.S. to play Altidore against England
By SIMON EVANS, Reuters
U.S. national soccer team's Jozy Altidore juggles the ball with his head during a soccer training at Rustenburg June 11. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
RUSTENBURG - Jozy Altidore will start in attack for the United States against England in their Group C opener on Saturday with coach Bob Bradley saying that he expects victory in the game.
"Jozy will start, there is the first sign of our line-up given out so far," Bradley, told the Dan Patrick show, a U.S. syndicated sports talk radio programme.
Altidore has struggled with an ankle injury and missed the final warm-up game, the 3-1 win over Australia last Saturday, but he trained during the past three days.
Asked if he expected to beat England, Bradley replied simply "yes" and when pressed for what needed to happen said the key was finding the right mix in approach.
"In a first match situation we have to find a good balance between being aggressive and smart," he said. "They have a great player Wayne Rooney and we have got to keep a close eye on him. It is not a one-man job because he moves around a lot.
"But a lot of it comes down to the mentality on the day - one that involves confidence and going for it in a smart disciplined way."