Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Landon hopes for glory from USA's clash with England

United States forward Landon Donovan has told England his side have nothing to fear ahead of Saturday's World Cup clash in Rustenburg.

Donovan believes his successful spell on-loan to Everton from the Los Angeles Galaxy last season has given him confidence for the meeting with Fabio Capello's side.

He does, however, concede the USA could play to their maximum potential and still loss because of the quality in the England squad.

Donovan, the USA's all-time leading scorer with 42 goals, said: “I had a great spell with Everton and that gives me confidence going into the England game.

“I played against a lot of their players and so have a lot of our guys, so we have a respect for their team, but we certainly don't fear them. We feel they are a team we can compete with. We are always confident.

“We are playing one of the best teams in the world so we could play very well, play at our very best and still not beat England.

“We are going to focus on what we can do, play as well as we can, and see what happens.”

Donovan (right) believes England will overcome the loss of skipper Rio Ferdinand from the tournament because of his knee problem.

He said: “Anytime you lose your captain and a player of Rio's calibre, it is going to hurt.

“The beauty in the English squad is that they have a lot of players who can step in easily so it is still going to be a difficult game for us.”

Donovan is also adamant his verbal spat last summer with David Beckham is in the past and believes his Galaxy team-mate can have a positive impact on England. The injured Beckham is with the squad in South Africa although he is not an official member of Capello's coaching staff.

When asked if there are no longer hard feelings between himself and Beckham, Donovan simply said: “That is the case.”

When asked if Beckham could aid England during the next month, he said: “Of course, he is arguably their most experienced player.”

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