After helping his side to a point in a Player of the Match performance against England, Christian Pulisic reflected on the positives of an impressive display but conceded there was still a lot for the United States to do in order to reach the FIFA World Cup last-16.

Pulisic was one of the game’s liveliest attacking forces and came closest to breaking the deadlock in a 0-0 draw with a rasping strike against the crossbar.

He was voted Player of the Match following a contest in which he had more shots (four) and completed more take-ons (two) than any other player on the pitch.

‘I thought it was a very solid performance from us against a good opponent,’ he said shortly after his 54th international appearance for the USA.

‘There were stretches of the game where we had control and we pushed them back into their own half. We created chances and could have won the game but to come away with a draw is a decent result.

‘I hope we’ve made a lot of people proud back home but the job isn’t even close to being done. We’ve got a lot of work to do.’

The United States are still winless at the tournament after opening with a 1-1 draw against Wales but they know a victory in their final Group B clash with Iran on Tuesday will guarantee them a place in the knockout round.

Gregg Berhalter’s side have progressed from the group stage in each of the past two World Cups they’ve been involved in – 2010 and 2014 – and may even harbour aspirations of matching their run to the quarter-finals, which came 20 years ago in Japan and South Korea.

While Pulisic acknowledges the progress that has been made from the second-youngest squad in Qatar, he also believes there is plenty more to come.

‘The team has come a very long way and I think we should be proud of the performance,’ he added.

‘Most of all, it should spark confidence and give us a great feeling going into the last match, which is a must-win for us. If we get through the group, we can enjoy that but we’re nowhere near where we want to be yet.’

Pulisic and his team-mates will be going for the win they need against Iran on Tuesday evening, while England take on Wales at the same time. Gareth Southgate’s side, which featured Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling against the USA, will progress from Group B if they avoid a four-goal defeat by the Welsh. A win would guarantee the Three Lions top spot.