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USA goalkeeper Tim Howard admits he's nervous about facing England's attacking threat in the World Cup, but hopes his knowledge of the Premier League will give his nation a helping hand.

The Everton gloveman has faced the Three Lions attacking players on countless occassions during the domestic campaign, and is confident his understanding of their game will prove vital on June 12.

However, the former Manchester United shot-stopper is anticipating a difficult clash with some of England's team in the form of their careers.

"I think they [England] are probably better than people think they are. They are a phenomenal team," he told a press conference.

"Their big, key players are hitting the stride of their careers at the moment. They are right in their prime.

"With all the experience that is on that team, Champions League finals, domestic cup finals, league medals and the list goes on and on, you have a pretty good team and that is an understatement.

"They look fantastic and they are going to give us all that we can handle and we are going to have to be very, very good on that day to pull off a result."

However, following their 2-1 friendly victory over Turkey on Saturday, Howard is confident the USA won't roll over to the Group C favourites.

"We know that in the big games, the big moments, we can compete and given the right performances we can put ourselves in the position to get a result," he added.

"We must try and go in there and give the right performance to put ourselves in the thick of it and that is what you have to do when you are going in as the underdog."

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