The Three Lions went agonisingly close to winning Euro 2020 last summer, making it all the way to the final at Wembley but the dream was not meant to be as Italy emerged victorious after a penalty shootout. Nevertheless, it was another positive step for an England side that have made themselves regulars at the latter stages of international tournaments in recent years.
It’s a testament to the work Gareth Southgate has done and continues to do that England are genuinely among the favourites to win the 2022 World Cup, not just backed by passion. With the likes of Harry Kane, Declan Rice and Trent Alexander-Arnold, England have a lot of quality in their team and they are making it count.
But they still have that final hurdle to overcome. Can they do it in Qatar?
England to win 2022 World Cup odds
You can find England at 6/1 to win the tournament this winter.
Although England are usually among the favourites to win major tournaments, it is often as fans put on hopeful bets rather than expecting the Three Lions to go all the way. But now they are serious contenders and, if given a favourable group and path to the final, there’s nothing saying England cannot win the World Cup.
As expected, England cruised through to the World Cup, finishing top of their qualifying group unbeaten. The Three Lions won eight of their 10 matches to finish six points clear of second-placed Poland, only dropping points against the runners-up and Hungary. It was the third consecutive World Cup qualifying campaign that England had finished unbeaten, having an identical record in 2018.
England’s potential path to 2022 World Cup final
As the fifth-best team in the world by FIFA’s rankings, England were place in Pot 1 for the World Cup group stage draw and were the second name out of the hat (after hosts Qatar).
The Three Lions side were placed in Group B and later joined by USA, Iran and the winner of the European play-off — one of Scotland/Wales/Ukraine.
England kick off their World Cup group stage on the opening day of the tournament against Iran, before games against USA and then Scotland/Wales/Ukraine. The games will be split between Al Rayyan and Al Khor.
England 2022 World Cup group stage fixtures
21 November 2022: England vs Iran (1pm UK time)
25 November 2022: England vs USA (7pm UK time)
29 November 2022: Scotland/Wales/Ukraine vs England (7pm UK time)
If England win Group B
If England were to win Group B, this would be their route through to the final, with no complications as only the top two sides go through.
Last 16: The runners-up of Group A, which consists of Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands, in Al Khor on 4th December.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Match 52 , which is played between the winner of Group D (France, Denmark, Tunisia and Peru/UAE/Australia) and the Group C runners-up (Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland)
Semi-finals: The winner of Match 60 which will include one of the Group F or Group H winners, or runners-up from Group E or G. Involved in these groups are the likes of Spain, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Brazil, Cameroon, Portugal and Uruguay.
If England qualify from Group B
If England finish second in Group B, they will go to the other side of the bracket.
Last 16: The winners of Group A in Al Rayyan on 3rd December.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Match 50, played between Group C winners and Group D runners-up.
Semi-finals: The winner of Match 58, which could include the Group E or G winners, or runners-up from Group F or H.
As mentioned, England made it to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 before losing to Croatia, their best finish since 1990 when they also bowed out at the final four. It was a big improvement from the 2014 World Cup when England finished bottom of their group, but that could be used as more motivation for Three Lions fans.
In 1958, England bowed out at the group stages in Sweden without a win, drawing three and losing one of their four matches. Eight years, or two tournaments, later England were lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley, beating West Germany 4-2 after extra-time.
England’s previous World Cup finishes
Second Group Stage
Round of 16
Round of 16
England Golden Boot odds
There’s only really one man that’s going to be leading the line for England this winter, and it’s Harry Kane – who is currently 6/1 favourite to win the Golden Boot with Betfair.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker won the Golden Boot in 2018 with six goals, finishing two clear of his closest rivals, and he has carried on his excellent scoring form for England. Since the start of 2021, Kane has scored 17 goals in 17 games for England including four at Euro 2020 – all of which came in the knockout stages. At the time of writing he’s also closing in on Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time top goalscorer, just four behind the former Manchester United striker, recently netting his 49th goal.