England fixtures at World Cup: Dates, kick-off times and potential route to 2022 final with Three Lions going for glory in Qatar

    England’s path to World Cup glory has already been mapped out but the Three Lions must first navigate a tricky group in Qatar.

    Gareth Southgate has just two games left before the start of the tournament to tinker with the finer details of his starting XI.

    England will believe they have what it takes to go all the way in Qatar

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    England will believe they have what it takes to go all the way in Qatar

    England were due to play Iran on the opening day of the tournament – Monday, November 21.

    This would have been the first time the Three Lions played on the opening day since hosting the World Cup, and winning it, in 1966.

    However, the 2022 edition in Qatar has been brought forward a day, with the hosts in action against Ecuador 24 hours before England take to the field.

    England will then play USA on Friday, November 25 before an all-British showdown against Wales on Tuesday, November 29.

    If the Three Lions make it out of Group B, as they will be expected to do, then where do Southgate’s men go from there?

    In the round-of-16, England would play Group A opposition.

    Southgate is preparing for a unique winter

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    Southgate is preparing for a unique winter

    This means they may face either Qatar, Netherlands, Senegal or Ecuador.

    If England win Group B, they would face the Group A runners up (most likely to be Senegal) on Sunday, December 4.

    Then, if the Three Lions were to progress, a quarter-final against either the Group D winner or Group C runners up would come next.

    Assessing the options, it is most likely that this would be France on Saturday, December 10.

    Reigning champions France could be England’s quarter-final opposition

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    Reigning champions France could be England’s quarter-final opposition

    If England were to then beat France and progress to the semi-finals, there are a number of top teams they could run into.

    It would most likely be Belgium, Portugal, Germany or Spain on Wednesday, December 14.

    And then, finally, if England were to win again, a World Cup final against Brazil or Argentina may well await on Sunday, December 18.

    All in all, it’s a pretty straightforward route to football coming home.

    Kane and Grealish will be among England’s main hopes in Qatar

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    Kane and Grealish will be among England’s main hopes in Qatar

    Here are details of the fixtures (and potential fixtures) in full…

    Group Stages

    England v Iran – 4pm local/1pm UK – Mon 22/11

    England v USA – 10pm local/7pm UK – Fri 25/11

    England v Scotland/Ukraine/Wales – 10pm local/7pm UK – Tue 29/11

    If England finish 1st

    Round of 16 – 10pm local/7pm UK – Sun 4/12 (potentially Ecuador or Senegal)

    Quarter final – 10pm local/7pm UK – Sat 10/12 (potentially France or Argentina)

    Semi final – 10pm local/7pm UK – Wed 14/12 (potentially Belgium, Germany, Portugal or Spain)

    England came so close to glory at Euro 2020

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    England came so close to glory at Euro 2020

    If England finish 2nd

    Round of 16 – 6pm local/3pm UK – Sat 3/12 (potentially Netherlands)

    Quarter final – 10pm local/7pm UK – Fri 9/12 (potentially Argentina or Denmark)

    Semi final – 10pm local/7pm UK – Tue 13/12 (potentially Spain, Canada or Croatia)

    Final

    3rd place play off – 6pm local/3pm UK – Sat 17/12

    Final – 6pm local/3pm UK – Sun 18/12

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