World Cup 2022 draw: England drawn against USA and Iran and will face either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine | Football News

England have been drawn against USA, Iran, and the winners of the play-off between Wales and Scotland or Ukraine in Group B at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Gareth Southgate’s side know they will kick-off their World Cup campaign against Iran on November 21 before facing the United States in their second game on November 25, but their third group-stage opponents are currently unknown.

England will be up against either Scotland, Wales, or Ukraine on November 29, with that play-off path due to be settled in June due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The tournament’s opening game will see hosts Qatar face Ecuador in Al Khor on November 21. Kick-off times and venues for the remaining group-stage matches are yet to be decided.

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2022 World Cup in Qatar draw

Holders France – who could meet England in the quarter-finals, providing both sides win their groups – were drawn in Group D alongside Denmark and Tunisia, and begin their defense against the winners of Intercontinental play-off 1 – United Arab Emirates, Australia or Peru.

Meanwhile, 2010 winners Spain and 2014 winners Germany were paired against each other in Group E alongside Japan and one of Costa Rica and New Zealand – who will compete in the second Intercontinental play-off later this year.

Four-time winners Brazil have been grouped with Switzerland and Serbia, both of whom who they faced at the same stage in 2018, and Cameroon. The Selecao’s rivals Argentina were matched with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

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Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions will face USA, Iran and one of Scotland, Wales or Ukraine

Louis van Gaal, who has spoken out against the decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar, will face the hosts with his Netherlands side in Group A, which also features Ecuador and Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will face Uruguay, Canada and South Korea, while Belgium – ranked second in the world – will take on Ghana, Morocco and Croatia.

2022 World Cup draw in full

  • Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
  • Group B: England, Iran, USA, European play-off *
  • Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
  • Group D: France, Intercontinental play-off 1 **, Denmark, Tunisia
  • Group E: Spain, Intercontinental play-off 2 ***, Germany, Japan
  • Group F: Belgium, Ghana, Morocco, Croatia
  • Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
  • Group H: Portugal, Canada, Uruguay, South Korea

* European play-off – Wales / Scotland / Ukraine

** Intercontinental play-off 1 – United Arab Emirates / Australia / Peru

*** Intercontinental play-off 2 – Costa Rica / New Zealand

Southgate: We have to get out of the group

England manager Gareth Southgate, speaking to BBC Sport:

“USA and Iran are teams we’ve not played for a while and the third is an unknown but throws up a possible British derby – and we know what they are all about.

“We’ve got to get out of the group. Out first objective is to get out of the group and then we build from there.

“In this situation all of our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, so when that tie is played out is irrelevant really.

“When you’re seeded you get the advantage of missing out on those big six or seven teams. Most of the first seeds would be pleased with the group they get. There are some highly-ranked teams in pot two. The USA are an interesting one. They’ve got some very good players and we know what they could be capable of, so that one in particular is an intriguing one. “

Neville: England fixtures tough from emotional perspective

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Gary Neville believes England will be happy with their World Cup group draw but warns each of their opponents will be passionate to play against them

Former England defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville:

“Scotland was a very difficult game in the last Euros. Wales, we just nipped past them a few years ago but Wales ended up going a lot further.

“So those games are really challenging for England – always have been. We know how much it means to the Welsh, the Scottish to play against England – that’s not being arrogant, we just know it’s a huge fixture.

“I’m looking forward to the group. They’ve all got a meaning to them but they are difficult games from an emotional perspective more than a football perspective, and that does carry something of a problem for England.”

When and where is the 2022 World Cup?

The 2022 World Cup is taking place in Qatar in the winter months rather than the usual summer ones, due to the heat.

The tournament kicks off on Monday, November 21 at the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor with a match that will feature the host country.

The final will be played at the Lusail Stadium in Doha a week before Christmas on Sunday, December 18.

What is the World Cup format and schedule?

The 2022 World Cup will feature 32 teams in eight groups of four.

Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which will run over a 12-day period and see winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16.

Matches will only be assigned to particular venues after the finals draw, so organizers can choose optimal kick-off times to suit television audiences in different countries, as well as supporters out in Qatar.

Unlike at Euro 2020, there will be a third-place play-off game on December 17.

Group stage: November 21 – December 2
Round of 16: December 3-6
Quarter-finals: December 9/10
Semi-finals: December 13/14
Final: December 18

When will the matches kick off?

FIFA has confirmed the first two rounds of matches will kick-off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm local time (10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm in the United Kingdom).

Kick-off times in the final round of group games and knockout-round matches will be at 6pm and 10pm local time (3pm and 7pm UK time).

The final is scheduled to kick off at 6pm local time (3pm UK time)

What are the venues?

The group games will take place across eight stadia: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Education City Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium.

What will happen with the Premier League?

The Premier League has confirmed key dates for the 2022/23 campaign, with the season adjusted to accommodate a World Cup that takes place in the middle of the domestic calendar.

The season will start a week earlier than normal on August 6 2022, with 16 matchdays taking place up to the weekend of November 12/13, before the tournament kicks off on November 21.

The Premier League will resume on Boxing Day following the World Cup final, which takes place on December 18.

The final match round of the 2022/23 season will be played on May 28 2023.

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