England will take on Iran, USA and either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
England face a potential showdown with neighbours Wales or Scotland at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Gareth Southgate’s side were drawn in Group B along with Iran, USA and the winner of the Uefa play-off route which contains Wales, Scotland and Ukraine.
Spain and Germany have been drawn in a tough-looking Group E with Japan and either Costa Rica or New Zealand, while Portugal meet Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in a well-balanced Group H. Hosts Qatar will kick-off the tournament against Ecuador, before taking on Senegal and Netherlands.
The tournament Qatar begins on 21 November as 32 teams aim to reach the final and become world champions on 18 décembre. Because of excessive summer temperatures in the Gulf state, the Qatar World Cup will be the first to be staged in winter rather than summer.
England’s fixture schedule
Times in UK (GMT)
England v Iran, 1après-midi, 21 novembre (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan).
United States v Wales/Scotland/Ukraine, 7après-midi, 21 novembre (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).
England v United States, 7après-midi, 25 novembre (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor).
Wales/Scotland/Ukraine v Iran, 10un m, 25 novembre (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).
Wales/Scotland/Ukraine v England, 7après-midi, 29 novembre (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).
Iran v United States, 7après-midi, 29 novembre (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha).
If England win Group B:
The runner-up from Group A, so likely Senegal (over Qatar and Ecuador, with Netherlands favoured to finish top), especially as African champions.
The winner of the tie between the winner of Group D and the runner-up of Group C: Likely France, should they top their group – ahead of Denmark, Tunisia and Australia/United Arab Emirates/Peru – and then beat one of Argentina, Arabie Saoudite, Mexico and Poland.
The winners of Group F and Group H could find their way to the semi-finals to meet England should they get this far, which means a possible semi-final between England and Belgique ou alors le Portugal.
A final after navigating their way through the knock-out stages as runner-up could eventually see England play Espagne, Germany or Brazil in the final.
If England finish as runner-up in Group B:
The winner from Group A, so likely the Pays-Bas (over Senegal, Qatar or Ecuador).
The winner of the tie between the winner of Group C and the runners-up of Group D: Argentine could emerge to face England here, should they top their group as favourites – over Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland – and then eliminate one of Denmark, Peru/Australia/United Arab Emirates and Tunisia.
The winner of Group E and Group G could find their way to the semi-finals to meet England should they get this far, which means a possible semi-final between England and the winner of Spain/Germany et Brésil.
A final after navigating their way through the knock-out stages as runner-up could eventually see England play France, Belgique ou alors le Portugal in the final.