Pulisic, Lukaku and Havertz provide fitness update after international action

‘Obviously it was tough for me,’ he said of his enforced spell on the sidelines. ‘I wanted to be part of the team but I wasn’t 100 per cent ready.

‘We made the decision to play today [against Canada] and I felt pretty good. It’s good to be back with the team and I just want to be here to help in whatever way I can.’

Back-to-back draws is not the ideal start for the USA in their bid to make it to Qatar 2022, particularly after their failure to qualify for the last World Cup finals in Russia. 

It was an inability to convert possession and territorial control into goals that harmed them in Nashville, though Pulisic insisted it was too early in the campaign to panic.

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