England made an impressive start to their World Cup campaign on Monday as Gareth Southgate’s side thrashed Iran 6-2 at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Hours before the first matches kicked off, it emerged that European nations including England and Wales had decided against wearing the ‘One Love’ armbands their captains were going to don after FIFA threatened them with sporting sanctions.
The rainbow-coloured anti-discrimination armband had been set to be a strong statement in a country which criminalises same-sex relationships, but the fear of players picking up bookings saw teams make a late U-turn.
England captain Harry Kane – who instead wore FIFA’s ‘no discrimination’ armband, which is not rainbow coloured – said: “We’re disappointed. We wanted to wear it, that decision was taken out of my hands. I turned up to the stadium with the armband that I wore and I was told I had to wear that.”
What channel is England vs USA on TV?
You can watch the England vs USA game on ITV1.
What time is the England vs USA game?
Kick-off is at 7pm, but ITV1 coverage will begin at 6:05pm.
Coverage will continue until 9:15pm and will be followed by I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.