England hope to bring football home over the next month as they travel to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. The Three Lions have not won a major trophy since 1966, but they can build on the momentum of a couple of successful tournament campaigns under the Directed by Gareth Southgate.
Iran are England’s first opponent, with the US and their home country of Wales in Group B. Southgate’s team hope to be in Qatar on December 18 for the World Cup final.
Express Sport takes you through all the key dates in England’s fight for World Cup glory. All start times are GMT.
Iran (1:00 p.m., Monday, November 21)
USA (7 pm, Friday, November 25)
Wales (7pm, Tuesday 29 November)
Monday’s clash with Iran is the first for Harry Kane and company. will start a match in Qatar. It is the second match of the tournament, the day after Qatar’s first match against Ecuador.
England then faces the United States, whom they met in the group stages of the ill-fated 2010 World Cup. Rob Green’s horrendous mistake allowed Clint Dempsey to disallow Steven Gerrard’s goal in a 1-1 draw.
The Southgate side could wish they had maximum points for when they face Wales on November 29.
England, of course, now face a much-publicized dilemma, with the Three Lions in line for possible FIFA action should captain Harry Kane take the field wearing the One Love armband, showing solidarity with the LGBTQ movement. . The England captain has been warned of immediate action, including a yellow card, risking a possible ban at a later stage in the tournament.
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As winners of Group B: 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 14
As runners-up in Group B: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13
If England sail to the semi-final as Group B champions, their opponents could be Belgium or Portugal, the likely winners of Group F and H, respectively. The match would take place on December 14.
Spain, Germany or Brazil are waiting for the Three Lions to go to the quarterfinals as runners-up in Group B, and the match will be played on December 13.
Elimination for third place
3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17
If England lose their semi-final, they will contest a play-off for third place against the other loser from the last four.
3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 18
However, if they advance to the final, they will be competing for their first World Cup triumph since 1966. The final takes place just four days before national football returns with the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
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