England face a showdown with neighbors Wales at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Gareth Southgate’s side were drawn into Group B alongside Iran, USA and the winners of the Uefa play-off route which included Wales, and the Welshmen beat Ukraine in the final in Cardiff.
Spain and Germany were drawn in a hard-fought Group E with Japan and Costa Rica, while Portugal meet Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in a balanced Group H. Hosts Qatar will open the tournament against Ecuador before beating Senegal and Netherlands.
The tournament in Qatar starts on November 20th when 32 teams try to reach the final and become world champions on December 18th. Because the summer temperatures in the Gulf state are too high, the World Cup in Qatar will not be held in summer for the first time, but in winter.
England game plan
Times in UK (GMT)
england vs iran, 1 p.m., November 21 (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan).
United States v Wales, 7pm, 21 November (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).
England versus the United States7 p.m., 25 November (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor).
Wales v Iran, 25 November, 10am (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).
Wales vs EnglandNovember 29, 7pm (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).
Iran v USA, November 29, 7pm (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha).
If England win Group B:
The runner-up from Group A, so likely Senegal (against Qatar and Ecuador, with the Netherlands considered favourites), particularly as African champions.
The winner of the tie between the winner of Group D and the runner-up of Group C: Probable Franceshould they lead their group – ahead of Denmark, Tunisia and Australia – and then beat one of Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.
Group F and Group H winners could find their way to the semi-finals to face England if they go that far, meaning a possible semi-final between England and England Belgium or Portugal.
A final, after battling through the knockout stages in runners-up, could eventually see England play Spain, Germany or Brazil in the final.
If England finish second in Group B:
The winner from group A, so probably the Netherlands (via Senegal, Qatar or Ecuador).
The winner of the tie between the winner of Group C and the runner-up of Group D: Argentina could face England here should they lead their group as favorites – ahead of Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland – and then eliminate Denmark, Australia and Tunisia.
The Group E and Group G winners could find their way into the semi-finals to face England if they go that far, meaning a possible semi-final between England and the winners Spain/Germany and Brazil.
A final, after battling through the knockout stages in runners-up, could eventually see England play France, Belgium or Portugal in the final.
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