Tim Hales, Associated Press
Everton manager David Moyes congratulates goalkeeper Tim Howard after drawing against Tottenham in their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Sunday.

LONDON — With six months to go before the World Cup, Tim Howard has already put the fear in England.

The United States goalkeeper saved a late penalty from England forward Jermain Defoe in Everton's 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday in the Premier League, and some British newspapers reacted as if the World Cup were already under way.

The Daily Telegraph wrote on the front page of Monday's sports section: "It's US 1 England 0 as Everton's American keeper saves Defoe penalty and denies Tottenham victory."

The United States and England, who were put in the same World Cup group at Friday's draw in Cape Town, will face each other June 12 in Rustenburg, South Africa.