England drawn against USA, Iran and could play Scotland or Wales in huge Battle of Britain clash at 2022 World Cup April 2, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
England will play the USA, Iran and potentially Scotland or Wales in their group games at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The draw for the tournament took place in Doha on Friday ahead of the start date on 21 November – and threw up the potential for England’s first ever Battle of Britain at a World Cup finals.
England have never faced Scotland or Wales at a World Cup but could meet one of them in Qatar this winter if either can navigate their way through the European play-off path.
One of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine will go into Group B after the remaining European play-off path is completed in June, having been delayed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Gareth Southgate’s men will kick off their campaign against Iran, a side they have never faced in a senior competitive international.
Due to being drawn in Group B, the Three Lions will play Iran on the opening day, with the venues for the group games yet to be decided.
It will be the first time England have played on the opening day of a World Cup since 1966 – not a bad omen.
England also face a tasty tie against the USA, who they last faced competitively at the 2010 World Cup, drawing 1-1 after goalkeeper Rob Green fumbled a long range shot from former Fulham man Clint Dempsey.
The full group draw is below, with 2010 winners Spain drawn in Group E alongside 2014 winners Germany.
Belgium take on fellow 2018 World Cup semi-finalists Croatia in Group F, while reigning champions France take on Denmark, Tunisia and the winner of intercontinental play-off one, which will be one of Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Peru.
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Netherlands, Senegal
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Scotland/Wales/Ukraine
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, UAE/Australia/Peru, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
“It’s normally been a position where it could be worse, but you just don’t know where the difficult games are gonna come from.
“Of course in terms of rankings we’re seeded, which gives us a bonus as to [avoiding] all the teams in pot one.
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