England are looking to end 56 years of hurt for the men’s team, who are still awaiting their first tournament win since 1966.
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 among the serious contenders and, if they perform as they can, there’s nothing saying England cannot win the World Cup.
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Latest England odds to win the World Cup
|Betting Market||Bet365 Odds|
|England to win the World Cup||17/2|
|England to reach semi-final odds||7/5|
|England to reach quarter-final odds||2/9|
|England odds to win Group B||–|
|Harry Kane World Cup Golden Boot odds||66/1|
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England fans will no doubt be dreaming of the Three Lions going all the way to the World Cup final. But last time out, they faltered at the semi-finals, and they could suffer a similar fate in Qatar.
Even if they win their group, which looks more than likely with them just needing a win against Wales to guarantee top spot following the commanding 6-2 win over Iran and a point against USA, there is no avoiding a big team – certainly in the semi-finals – with the likes of Spain, Argentina and Portugal all potential opponents.
England route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group Stage Fixtures
|England 6-2 Iran||Khalifa International Stadium||21 November 2022 (1pm UK time)|
|England 0-0 USA||Al Bayt Stadium||25 November 2022 (7pm UK time)|
|Wales 0-3 England||Ahmad bin Ali Stadium||29 November 2022 (7pm UK time)|
Who could England meet in the knockout rounds?
If England win Group B, as is expected, they would face the nation that finishes second in Group A – consisting of the Netherlands, Ecuador, Senegal and Qatar.
The Netherlands won Group A with Senegal beating Ecuador for second spot after hosts Qatar became the first host nation to be knocked out in the group stages.
If England get through that, they could still face a tough run to the World Cup final, with the likes of France, Argentina, Spain, Brazil and Belgium all potentially awaiting.
|If they win Group B||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Ecuador|
Things would have been equally tough, if not a tiny bit tougher, if England finished second. The Netherlands would have been their round-of-16 opponent instead of Senegal, before France, Argentina, Spain, Germany, and Brazil all get thrown into the hat.
|If they came runners up in Group B||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Netherlands|
Confirmed England World Cup 2022 squad
|John Stones||Defender||28||Man City|
|Harry Maguire||Defender||29||Man Utd|
|Kyle Walker||Defender||32||Man City|
|Luke Shaw||Defender||27||Man Utd|
|Declan Rice||Midfielder||23||West Ham|
|Jude Bellingham||Midfielder||19||Borussia Dortmund|
|Phil Foden||Midfielder||22||Man City|
|Jack Grealish||Midfielder||27||Man City|
|Kalvin Phillips||Midfielder||26||Man City|
|Marcus Rashford||Forward||25||Man Utd|
England players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
England top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Harry Kane
There’s only really one man that’s going to be leading the line for England this winter, and it’s Harry Kane – the England captain has yet to find the net in Qatar, but does top the assist charts with a playmaker’s brace against Iran.
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The Tottenham striker won the Golden Boot in 2018 with six goals, finishing two clear of his closest rivals, but has drifted out to 50/1 after the opening two matches.
Since the start of 2021, Kane has scored 18 goals in 25 games for England, including four at Euro 2020 – all of which came in the knockout stages.
The skipper is now just two goals short of Wayne Rooney’s all-time Three Lions record of 53, and he will still be confident of surpassing that in Qatar.
England player to watch – Jude Bellingham
We all know about the England stars that led them to the Euro 2020 final just over a year ago, but expect to see more from Jude Bellingham in Qatar – especially after his goalscoring performance against Iran.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder was one of the names everyone expected to be in Southgate’s squad and only injury will have kept him out. Fortunately, he wasn’t one of the Englishman to suffer heartbreak in the last few weeks.
As part of a midfield two alongside Declan Rice, Bellingham provides an ability to bring the ball forward and progress rather than keeping needless possession.
That’s not to disrespect Rice or Kalvin Phillips, but Bellingham has the magic that England need, and many have him as a guaranteed starter.
England emerging player to watch – Conor Gallagher
One of the surprise inclusions in Southgate’s squad was Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, who has had to make do with more of a squad role at Stamford Bridge after starring on loan at Crystal Palace.
However, when he has appeared for Chelsea, the midfielder has shone. And former England manager Roy Hodgson has praised Gallagher for what he can bring to the Three Lions.
Hodgson told Sky Sports News: “When it comes to Conor Gallagher, I think that type of energy, that all-action midfield player.
“In his season at Crystal Palace, it was almost like sometimes they were playing with 12 men because one minute he’s pressurising people and winning the ball off the centre-back, then he’s clearing balls off the line at the other end.
“And that’s a skill. It’s easy to dismiss that ability. I think as a member of a 26-man squad he also, like [James] Maddison, will give you something a little bit different to your tried-and-tested ones that I’m sure you’re going to be loyal to.”
England tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
England fans have grown frustrated with Gareth Southgate’s tactics, believing his style of football is too negative and cost the Three Lions in both the 2018 World Cup semi-final against Croatia and the Euro 2020 final against Italy, sitting back after scoring first and eventually giving up the lead.
However, Southgate went more aggressive with his 4-3-3 selection against Iran, with Raheem Sterling and two-goal Bukayo Saka providing plenty of pace on the flanks and support for lone striker Harry Kane.
Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount had the freedom to express themselves with Declan Rice anchoring the midfield, while Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw comprised the back four ahead of Jordan Pickford in goal, but there is one player on everyone’s lips that they believe should be in the starting XI – Phil Foden.
The Man City man has been directly involved in 10 goals in just 13 Premier League games so far in 2022/23 and England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is shocked that the 22-year old doesn’t make Gareth Southgate’s best XI.
“I found it very strange that Foden did not come on as a substitute against the USA, he would be a key part of my starting XI if I were the England boss. Technically, he is the best footballer England have. I think if you have a talent like Foden, you simply have to play him. He is now a different player from the one we saw at Euro 2020, when he struggled to make an impact.
“He is more mature and came into this tournament on the back of a long period of brilliant performances for Manchester City. He has the form to go with the ability. If I were him, I would be very frustrated that I didn’t get on the pitch at any stage of Friday’s game [vs USA].”
Where are England in the FIFA world rankings?
England are currently fifth in the FIFA world rankings with only Brazil, Belgium Argentina, France and Spain ahead of them.
Who is the England manager?
Gareth Southgate was named England manager in September 2016, replacing Sam Allardyce, and has taken charge of 76 games so far.
Who is the current England captain?
Harry Kane is England captain, named ahead of the 2018 World Cup after Southgate had rotated the armband in his early stages as manager.
How many times have England won the World Cup?
England have won the World Cup once, in 1966, beating West Germany 4-2 after extra-time at Wembley. This is also their only appearance in a World Cup final.
How many times have England competed in the World Cup?
Making their first appearance in 1950, England have been involved in 16 World Cups including the 2022 edition in Qatar.
Who has scored England’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Gary Lineker is England’s top scorer at World Cup tournaments, scoring 10 goals across 1986 and 1990.
Which player from England has the most World Cup appearances?
Peter Shilton has played in 17 World Cup games for England, more than any other player.