England World Cup 2022 fixtures: Kick-off times, route to final, and latest injury news for Qatar


Telegraph Sport

Sun, 13 November 2022 at 5:14 pm

Captain Harry Kane/England World Cup 2022 fixtures: Kick-off times, route to final, and latest injury news for Qatar - REUTERS/CARL RECINE
Captain Harry Kane/England World Cup 2022 fixtures: Kick-off times, route to final, and latest injury news for Qatar – REUTERS/CARL RECINE

Gareth Southgate has named his squad and on Tuesday they will fly to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

After overseeing impressive international gains, from a World Cup semi-final in 2018, to a European championship final in 2021, hopes are high that the team can be in the mix come the business end of the tournament.

Despite a poor Nations League campaign, which saw them relegated to League B, England are among the favourites for the tournament, along with five-time winners Brazil, and incumbent champions France. The Three Lions should progress as winners from Group B – where they will face Iran, United States, and Wales.

The 2022 World Cup kicks off on November 20 when hosts Qatar will play Ecuador at 4pm GMT. England will be in action the following day, as will Wales.

Group stage fixtures

All times in GMT

England vs Iran: 1pm, Monday, November 21 (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)

United States vs Wales: 7pm, Monday, November 21 (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)

England vs United States: 7pm, Friday, November 25 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)

Wales vs Iran: 10am, Friday, November 25 (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Wales vs England: 7pm, Tuesday, November 29 (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)

Iran vs United States: 7pm, Tuesday, November 29 (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha)

An exterior general view of the Khalifa International Stadium, also known as National Stadium at Doha Sports City complex. Khalifa International Stadium will host venue for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup - Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images
An exterior general view of the Khalifa International Stadium, also known as National Stadium at Doha Sports City complex. Khalifa International Stadium will host venue for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup – Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images

What is the latest injury news?

James Maddison handed Gareth Southgate an unwelcome injury scare over the weekend when he hobbled off in the 27th minute at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Yet those concerns were alleviated by the sight of Maddison, who had opened the scoring, reappearing in the dugout at full-time and a positive prognosis from Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte, meanwhile, has backed Harry Kane to take the World Cup by storm with England, insisting the striker is in “the best physical and mental condition” and appearing to row back on his earlier claim that his striker was tired.

Southgate has opted not to take a gamble on the injury Reece James but Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are included in the travelling squad.

England’s Group B opponents

Wales reached the World Cup finals in dramatic style via the qualifying play-offs, after beating an impassioned Ukraine side in Cardiff in June. Victory for Wales’ talent-studded golden generation booked them a trip to the nation’s first World Cup finals since 1958, their second ever

The United States also make their return to the tournament after an absence, albeit a less protracted one. After failing to make it to Russia in 2018, USA came third in CONCACAF qualifiers to secure their place in Qatar. More so than ever, team players will be familiar to Premier League fans, due to the league’s recent influx of American players, including Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson at Leeds, Antonee Robinson at Fulham, and national captain Christian Pulisic, who plays for Chelsea.

Whilst Wales and the USA could cause group upset and jostle for runners-up spot, Iran are the underdogs of Group B. Although a Fifa ranking of 22 suggests they are by no means one of the weakest sides in the competition statistically, preparations have been marred by infighting while head coach Dragan Skocic has been replaced by former boss Carlos Queiroz, who oversaw the team’s group stage knock-out in Russia.

World Cup schedule

If England win Group B

The winners of Group B will play the runners-up of Group A – Qatar, Holland, Ecuador, and Senegal – with the Afcon winners their most likely opponents.

France are favourites to win Group D, over Australia, Tunisia and Australia, and would face the Group C runner-up out of Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or Poland to win the chance to face England in the quarter-finals, should Southgate’s men make it out of the last-16 knock-out round.

If England reached the semi-finals, they could meet either Belgium or Portugal, strong contenders in Group F and H, and a potential final could see England meet Spain, Brazil, or Germany the World Cup final.

If England finish as runners-up in Group B

This would set up a clash between the winner of Group A, and if England were to beat Netherlands, they could have the chance to face Argentina or Denmark in the quarter-finals.

In this scenario, should England make it to the semi-finals, their opponents might be one of either Spain, Germany, or Brazil, the cream of the crop from Groups E and G, to set up a possible final against France, Belgium, or Portugal in Lusail.

Quarter-final dates

The first two quarter-finals will take place on Friday, December 9, at 3pm, and will be played at Education City Stadium and Lusail Iconic Stadium. The remaining quarter-finals are on Saturday, December 10, at 3pm and 7pm, and will be played at Al Thumama Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium.

Semi-final dates

The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14, at Lusail Iconic Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium, with both matches taking place at 7pm.

Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with the World Cup trophy following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. - Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with the World Cup trophy following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. – Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Final

The World Cup final will take place on Sunday, December 18 at 3pm at Lusail Iconic Stadium.

Who is in the England squad?

Southgate has named a 26-man squad for the tournament, including calling up James Maddison and Conor Gallagher. 

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