After turning a corner, England now look for World Cup momentum against the USA


As England began to play the ball around against Iran, they felt something different. "Definitely a click," John Stones said of the 6-2 win. "Or a desire to put things right. We had come out of a bad period." They can now look through to the other side. England scored more goals against Iran than they did in the entire Nations League campaign. The reality, however, was that it was a step up from Gareth Southgate ’s general style rather than just the last eight months. "I guess people wouldn’t expect us to be like that having watched us for a couple of years and the style of football we play," the manager acknowledged. "Maybe we regressed to the norm."