The second day of the FIFA World Cup 2022 begins with a match between England and Iran, followed by a match between Senegal and the Netherlands. Kyle Walker and James Maddison will not play against Iran. The uncertainty surrounding Harry Kane’s decision to wear the “One Love” armband against Iran will be another issue for the English camp. Kane still does not have FIFA approval to hold the trophy. At the Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar, the other match will feature Group A favorites Senegal and the Netherlands.
- England vs Iran, Group B
- Khalifa International Stadium
- Monday, November 21 (4 pm local time, 13:00 GMT)
- Rankings: England (5), Iran (20)
- First match
Due to the historically tense ties between the two nations, a worldwide tournament would have been the only opportunity for the football teams to meet, which they have done up until today. The four teams in the group are all ranked in the top 20, earning it the feared title “Group of Death,” in contrast to the political friction between Iran as well as its western group mates.
Now at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, England 2022 World Cup campaign officially begins against Iran. The team led by Gareth Southgate will be aiming to improve upon their last tournament performance, as they came in second place in the postponed Euro 2020. Iran is ranked 20th on FIFA’s world rankings, and Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, and the company will be facing them. Along with Wales, the United States, and Iran, these nations are in group B.
Qatar 2022 England vs Iran Team Condition
As if James Maddison, Callum Wilson, and Ben White really are new to Gareth Southgate’s team, the England squad appears to be quite similar to how it performed at Euro 2020.
Reece James & Ben Chilwell of Chelsea, who were Southgate’s potential top two wingbacks, both sustained unexpected injuries. Despite having their own fitness hurdles, Kalvin Phillips & Kyle Walker have been given the green light to contribute significantly in Qatar. The most apparent question mark for a bench spot on Monday is Maddison. Since joining the group in Qatar, he really hasn’t trained with them.
The important player for Southgate is unquestionably England captain Harry Kane. Iran also needs Mehdi Taremi, who has recorded 28 goals over 60 appearances for his country. SardarAzmoun, a forward for Bayer Leverkusen, has a strong record for Iran at 41 goals in 65 appearances, but he will be out for the remainder of the month of October with a calf injury.
What about a forecast?
All of our 2022 World Cup predictions are supported by Nielsen’s Gracenote, which uses a patented technology football ranking to calculate the probabilities of various outcomes for every conceivable match through simulation studies, and who have determined the probabilities for each group to advance to various stages of a game. They have also given us their forecast for this one. Although they have eventually picked Gareth Southgate’s team as the likely victors on Monday, it is less evenly skewed to England than you may expect.