What is the latest injury news?
James Maddison gave Gareth Southgate an unwelcome injury when he limped off in the 27th minute of Leicester’s game against West Ham.
But those concerns were allayed by the sight of Maddison opening the scoring, returning to the dugout full-time and a positive prognosis from Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.
Southgate have opted not to gamble on the injured Reece James, but Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are part of the traveling squad.
Maddison sat out of practice on Thursday as staff worked to manage his workload, but Phillips and Walker were involved. Maddison is likely to miss the opener against Iran and Walker is expected to return to action towards the end of the group stage.
Latest England news from Qatar
By Jeremy Wilson
Arsene Wenger believes England should “at least” reach the semi-finals of a tournament that is the last chance for the greatest players of this generation to win the World Cup.
Wenger, head of global football development at FIFA, will lead an innovation in Doha called “Enhanced Football Intelligence” which will use 80 data analysts, mostly based in Wales, to provide advanced information within hours of each match ending. provide insights to fans and coaches.
The former Arsenal manager says key trends since the 2018 World Cup have already been the importance of footballing goalkeepers and defenders, strikers who print the ball and much higher defensive lines. And he fully expects Gareth Southgate’s team to be among the main contenders despite their recent dip in form.
“If you look at the last few years, England should at least be in the semi-finals,” said Wenger, who was offered the English title.
manager’s job after Roy Hodgson stepped down in 2016.
“They reached the semi-finals in Russia and then the final of the European Championship. The doubt stems from what happened in the past year. If they can overcome that doubt in their mind, the team is good enough to reach the semi-finals.”
England’s Group B opponents
Wales dramatically advanced to the World Cup final via the qualifying play-offs after beating a passionate Ukrainian side in Cardiff in June. Victory for Wales’ talent-studded golden generation earned them a trip to the country’s second ever World Cup final – their first since 1958.
USA also returns to the tournament after an absence, albeit a shorter one. After falling short of Russia in 2018, the US placed third in the Concacaf qualifiers to secure their place in Qatar. More than ever, team players will be familiar to Premier League fans, due to the recent influx of American players into the competition, including Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson at Leeds, Antonee Robinson at Fulham and US captain Christian Pulisic, who plays for Chelsea.
While Wales and the US could upset the group and fight for second place, Iran are the underdogs of Group B. While a Fifa ranking of 22 suggests they are certainly not statistically one of the weakest sides in the competition, preparations have been marred by infighting, while head coach Dragan Skocic has been replaced by former manager Carlos Queiroz, who oversaw the team’s group stage knockout in Russia.
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If England win Group B
The Group B winners will play the Group A runners-up – Qatar, the Netherlands, Ecuador and Senegal – with the Afcon winners as their most likely opponents.
France are favorites to win Group D against Denmark, Tunisia and Australia, and would face the Group C runners-up from Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or Poland to win the chance to face England in the quarter-finals, Southgate’s men were allowed to progress from the last 16 knockout round.
If England reach the semi-finals, they could face Belgium or Portugal, strong contenders in Groups F and H, and in a possible final, England could face Spain, Brazil or Germany.
If England finish second in Group B
This would lead to a clash between the group A winners, and if England beat the Netherlands, they could face Argentina or Denmark in the quarter-finals.
Should England make the semi-finals in this scenario, their opponents could be one of Spain, Germany or Brazil, the cream of the crop from Groups E and G, to set up a possible final against France, Belgium, or Portugal in Lusail.
The first two quarter-finals will take place on Friday, December 9 at 3pm and 7pm and will be played at Education City Stadium and Lusail Iconic Stadium. The remaining quarter-finals are on Saturday, December 10 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM and will be played at Al Thumama Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium.
The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14 at Lusail Iconic Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium, with both matches taking place at 7pm.