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World Cup 2010: England is 'easiest match' for US

Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg Date: 12 June Time: 1930 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV1; live text commentary and in-depth analysis on BBC Sport website Full details of BBC World Cup coverage


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United States defender Jonathan Spector believes his country's opening World Cup game against England will be their easiest in Group C.

The US are in the same group as Slovenia, Algeria and England.

And Spector told BBC World Service's Sportsworld programme. "It's our easiest match because there is no pressure on us to win.

"There will be some great bragging rights in England next season if we manage to win."

The US play their opening Group C game against England on 12 June at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

"We are not expected to get anything from it where as the other two games there will be [pressure]," added Spector.

Following their match with England, the US then play Slovenia in Johannesburg on 18 June before their final group game against Algeria in Pretoria five days later.

US coach Bob Bradley has stated that his side do not fear England, who are ranked six places above his team in eighth in the official Fifa rankings.

In addition, US defender Oguchi Onyewu has insisted his team, who reached the final of the Confederations Cup last summer, expect to beat England on Saturday.

"With our performances and results last summer, we gained a little bit more respect in the world," said Onyewu.

"It gives you a confidence and the realisation we are playing at the highest level and can compete with the best teams in the world.

"The Confederations Cup was last year. This Saturday is the World Cup and it is a completely different monster.

"It is a different entity. But the experience we picked up can only help us going into this tournament.

We don't fear England - USA boss

"England are a very good team with very good players but it is about how those players play together and that is going to be the important deciding factor. Our expectations are to get a win."

The US squad are riding high after unexpectedly reaching the final of last year's Confederations Cup before squandering a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Brazil.

En route to that final - the country's first in international football - the US caused one of the biggest shocks in recent international competition history when they won 2-0 against European Champions Spain.

That success has given the US the confidence to expect big things in South Africa.

"There is a quiet confidence in the US team," stated Spector.

"There are no expectations in the US so the only pressure comes from ourselves.

"We have captured the attention of the general public in the United States and we would like to keep their attention by doing well at the World Cup."

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