Kick-off times, road to final and latest injury news for Qatar

Latest England news from Qatar

By Jeremy Wilson

Arsène Wenger believes England should make “at least” the semi-finals of a tournament which will be the last chance for the greatest players of this generation to win the World Cup.

Wenger, who is Fifa’s head of global football development, will lead an innovation in Doha called “Enhanced Football Intelligence” which will use 80 data analysts based largely in Wales to provide cutting-edge insights to fans and audiences. coaches within hours of the end of each game.

The former Arsenal manager said big trends since the 2018 World Cup already include the importance of goalkeepers and defenders playing football, forwards pressing the ball and much higher defensive lines . And he expects Gareth Southgate’s side to be among the main contenders, despite their recent dip in form.

“If you look at the last few years, England should at least be in the semi-finals,” said Wenger, who was offered England
managerial post after the resignation of Roy Hodgson in 2016.

“They reached the semi-finals in Russia and then the final of the Euros. The doubt comes from what happened in the last year. If they can overcome this doubt in their own mind, the team is good enough to reach the semi-finals.

England’s opponents in Group B

Wales reached the World Cup final in spectacular fashion via the qualifying play-offs, having beaten a keen Ukrainian side in Cardiff in June. Victory for The talented Welsh golden generation booked them a trip to the second World Cup final in the country’s history – their first since 1958.

The United States also manufactures their return to the tournament after an absence, although shorter. After failing to make it to Russia in 2018, USA finished third in the Concacaf qualifiers to secure their place in Qatar. The team’s players will be familiar to Premier League fans more than ever, due to the recent influx of American players into the league, including Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson at Leeds, Antonee Robinson at Fulham and American captain Christian Pulisic, who plays for Chelsea.

While Wales and USA could upset the group and jostle for second place, Iran are Group B underdogs. 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sides in the competition statistically, preparations have been marred by infighting while head coach Dragan Skocic has been replaced by former coach Carlos Queiroz, who oversaw the team’s group stage. out in Russia.

World Cup Schedule

If England win Group B

The Group B winners will face the Group A runners-up – Qatar, the Netherlands, Ecuador and Senegal – with the AFCON winners being their most likely opponents.

France are favorites to win Group D, against Denmark, Tunisia and Australia, and would face the runners-up in Group C consisting of Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or Poland to earn the chance to face England in the quarter-finals, if Southgate’s men come out of the knockout stages.

Should England reach the semi-finals they could meet Belgium or Portugal, strong contenders in Groups F and H, and a potential final could see England meet Spain, Brazil or Germany.

If England finish second in Group B

This would trigger a clash between the winner of Group A, and if England beat Holland, they could face Argentina or Denmark in the quarter-finals.

In this scenario, if England made it to the semi-finals, their opponents could be Spain, Germany or Brazil, the crème de la crème of 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 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will be played at Education City Stadium and Lusail Iconic Stadium. The remaining quarter-finals will take place on Saturday, December 10 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. 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 the Lusail Iconic Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium, with both games taking place at 7 p.m.

Final

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

Who is in the England team?

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

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