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Jul-25 16:06 first published at 16:06 PM


Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad will be hoping to reach back-to-back major international finals later this year – and this time go one better and lift the trophy. Four years ago, England reached the World Cup semi-finals as Southgate’s turnaround in international fortunes began, before going on to win the Euro 2020 final. The goal in Qatar will remain the same: to end the long wait for success on the biggest stage that has lasted since 1966. Recommended Who is England’s FIFA World Cup group in Qatar, and when are their games? My CO2 Emissions: Fifa vs. farming How to Purchase World Cup 2022 Tickets in Qatar Three group matches and three knock-out matches must be completed at the finals before the trophy is awarded on December 18 at the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium. England breezed through the qualifiers, winning eight and drawing two to finish ahead of Poland, Albania, Hungary, Andorra, and San Marino. However, many of those games were simply opportunities for Southgate and his coaches to make early plans and get a sense of how the team can be built in the pursuit of success this winter. Here’s the path England must take to reach the World Cup final for the first time in more than 50 years, as well as the opponents they’ll face along the way. B Group England IranUSA Wales If England triumphs in Group B: Last-16 Senegal is the likely Group A runner-up (over Qatar and Ecuador, with the Netherlands favored to finish first), especially as African champions. Quarters The winner of the tie between the Group D winner and the Group C runner-up: France, if they finish first in their group – ahead of Denmark, Tunisia, and Australia/United Arab Emirates/Peru – and then beat one of Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, or Poland. Semis If the winners of Group F and Group H advance to the semi-finals, they will face England, which means a semi-final between England and Belgium or Portugal. Final A final in which England could face Spain, Germany, or Brazil after advancing through the knock-out stages as runner-up. If England finishes second in Group B: Last-16 The winner of Group A, which is most likely the Netherlands (over Senegal, Qatar or Ecuador). Quarters The winner of the tie between the Group C winner and the Group D runners-up: Argentina could face England here if they top their group as favourites – over Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland – and then eliminate one of Denmark, Peru/Australia/United Arab Emirates, and Tunisia. Semis If they make it this far, the winners of Group E and Group G could meet England in the semi-finals, which would mean a semi-final between England and the winner of Spain/Germany and Brazil. FinalAfter advancing through the knock-out stages as runners-up, England could face France, Belgium, or Portugal in the final. Odds Through Betfair 5/1 for Brazil France: 13/2 England: 6/1 Spain: 9/1 10/1 for Argentina 11/1 Germany 12/1 in Belgium 13/1 for the Netherlands Recommended Euro 2022: Ian Wright and Alex Scott celebrate England’s quarter-final victory over Spain. Marcus Rashford has had a ‘priceless’ pre-season in the hope of a fresh start. When does the Qatar 2022 World Cup begin, and where will the final be held? 14/1 Portugal 31/1 Denmark

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