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  • England will start their World Cup campaign on Monday 21 November, playing Iran 
  • England vs Iran is only the second game of the tournament 
  • Kickoff is 1pm UK time
  • Watch online via BBC One or BBC iPlayer
  • England are favourites to win
  • England and Iran have never played each other before
  • Wales will take on USA later in the day 


The latest odds

England to win 3/10

Draw 15/4

Iran to win 11/1

World Cup 2022 England vs Iran – how to watch, stats and kickoff

England’s first game in the World Cup – and only the second match of the tournament – is against high-pressing Iran.

England will then face team USA and finally Wales in Group B. The three lions need to make it out the group stage first before eyeing up the route to the final.

The team will be looking to do one better than their last World Cup – having made it to the semi-finals in 2018 and to the final in the 2020 European Championships.

Iran, managed by former Manchester United assistant Carlos Quieroz, have appeared at five world cups (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014 and 2018) before Qatar. But they have never reached the knockout stages. Their 1-0 win over Morocco in the 2018 world cup was only their second win in the tournament. 

Iran are the lowest rank team in Group B at 20th in the world. 

But England are facing some defensive issues, mainly with Kyle Walker not being available for the first game and Harry Maguire, who’s had a difficult time defensively in recent months, looks to be part of the starting eleven. There’s also Trent Alexander-Arnold who has yet to make an impression in an England shirt – despite his excellent play at club level. 

What date is the England vs Iran match? 

The match between England and Iran will take place on Monday, November 21 at 1 pm UK time. 

You can watch the match on BBC1 or BBC iplayer with coverage starting at 12pm UK time. 

Where is the England vs Iran game being played? 

England’s first match will be played in the Khalifa Internation Stadium in Doha. The stadium seats 45,000 and was built in 1976. It was revamped between 2014 and 2017 and is just seven miles from Doha city centre – the stadium is served by the city’s metro and is easy to get to and from. 

The stadium is no stranger to big events, having served the 2019 World Athletics Championship and two games from the 2019 World Club Cup. It is named after Qatar’s former Emir, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, and is the home stadium for the national team. 

The stadium will host six group-stage games. 

What TV channel is England vs Iran on? 

You can watch the match live on BBC One or stream it on BBC iPlayer. 

Team news  – England vs Iran 

Whilst this is a game many expect England to win, its important not to think it’s just an easy win. 

Iran will press high, and teams have not had long to prepare for the world cup.

It’s important England start their World Cup campaign strong and use the group stages to build up confidence in the team and themselves. 

Harry Maguire is undoubtedly the main topic of conversation for this game. The inclusion of Maguire in Southgate’s team was the most controversial call – with many asking how he was even considered. 

England’s biggest weakness in this campaign is in defence. Reece James and Ben Chilwell are not included in the team due to injury and Kyle Walker is not available for the first game – he’s only recently returned to football after surgery. 

Maguire has not been in form at club level and lost his place at Manchester United, only recently returning from injury.

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He has started just one Premier League game in the past three months after losing his place at United, but Southgate’s faith in Maguire has remained. 

Maguire has remained in good form for the national team, and it’s likely he’ll be part of the starting eleven for the Iran game – it’ll be a great way to build his confidence as well. 

Southgate will need to decide if he wants to start with his favoured back three or play a four-man defence.

He could opt to partner Maguire with John Stones in a back four – or use Eric Dier in a three-man back-line. 

Wherever he plays, Maguire will be desperate to repay the trust of the boss. Maguire seems to work well under Southgate and this World Cup campaign could help revive his club career. 

Where is the FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule?

Following a dazzling Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, the final tournament match schedule has been published on FIFA+.

Given the compact nature of Qatar, event organisers were able to assign, for the first time ever, group stage games to a stadium and kick-off time for each matchday after the final draw, optimising the match schedule for the benefit and comfort of spectators, teams, media and the global audience.

A total of 64 games will be played to decide the winners of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. See when and where the action will take place.

Follow the schedule here

The 2022 FIFA World Cup begins on Nov. 20 in what will be the first winter edition in the history of the competition. The best players in the world will take center stage in Qatar as the action runs through the final on Dec. 18.
The cost might be of the ticket is an estimate for a group match ranging from $105 to $210, and the ticket for the final ranges from $455 to $1,100. All tickets are sold in Qatari riyal (QAR) to both residents of Qatar and internationals. Here are list of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Ticket Prices below with detailed price
The 2022 World Cup starts on November 20 in Qatar when temperatures generally start falling heading into winter. Early group games will likely be the hottest with highs of 26-28°C (78-82°F) possible
Yes, alcohol will be sold in Qatari stadiums at the World Cup. Beer will be sold and available for fans three hours before and one hour after kick-off. It will not be available during the games

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