England got to know their opponents in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup after the draw took place in the Qatari capital Doha on Friday.
Being so close to winning last summer’s EURO 2020 tournament on home soil, the Three Lions are among the favorites to take home the trophy in Qatar, alongside the likes of Brazil, Belgium, Germany and the reigning champions France.
Gareth Southgate’s side were drawn in Group B along with Iran, the US and the winners of a UEFA play-off that included Wales, Scotland and Ukraine, with the Welsh defeating Ukraine in the final in Cardiff.
Southgate will rely on steadfast teams like Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling to get the team through the first round as comfortably as possible. Then, younger players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Declan Rice and Phil Foden will also be looking to make an impact at the biggest tournament in world football for the first time in their careers.
Here’s everything you need to know about England’s group stage rivals and their fixture list in Qatar:
England match schedule
UK hours (GMT)
England v Iran 1:00 PM, November 21 (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan).
United States v Wales, 7pm, November 21 (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).
England v United States19:00, November 25 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor).
Wales v Iran, 10am, November 25 (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).
Wales against England19:00, November 29 (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).
Iran v United States, 7pm, November 29 (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha).
If England win Group B:
Second place from Group A, so likely Senegal (above Qatar and Ecuador, with the Netherlands favored first), especially as African champions.
Winner of the tie between the winner of Group D and the runners-up of Group C: probably Franceif they win their group – ahead of Denmark, Tunisia and Australia/United Arab Emirates/Peru – then beat Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.
The winners of Groups F and H could advance to the semi-finals where they would meet England if they go that far, meaning a possible semi-final between England and Belgium or Portugal.
The final after going through the knockout stages as runners-up could finally see England play Spain, Germany or Brazil In finale.
If England finish second in Group B:
Group A winner, so probably the Netherlands (over Senegal, Qatar or Ecuador).
Winner of the tie between the winner of Group C and the runners-up of Group D: Argentina could be here to face England if they top their group as favorites – over Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland – and then knock out Denmark, Peru/Australia/United Arab Emirates and Tunisia.
The winner of Group E and Group G could find themselves in the semi-finals to meet England if they go that far, meaning a possible semi-final between England and the winner Spain/Germany and Brazil.
The final after going through the knockout stages as runners-up could finally see England play France, Belgium or Portugal In finale.