Group B matchup against Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium on Monday afternoon kicks off England’s World Cup 2022 campaign. Their rivals, meanwhile, are trying to advance past the group stage for the third time in a row despite competing on the biggest global stage. England vs Iran is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM UK Time on Monday, 21 November.
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England vs Iran Kick-Off Time
UK: 1:00 PM, 8:00 AM Eastern Time (ET), 2:00 PM Central European Time (CET), 7:00 AM Central Time (CT)
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Gareth Southgate’s young, the effervescent crop will try to replicate the heroes of 1966. If the Three Lions go one better at major tournaments under the 52-year-old, Declan Rice’s empty bag will come in handy. Kieran Trippier’s semi-final free kick against Croatia in 2014 was topped by Luke Shaw’s opener against Italy in 2020, although England didn’t win either tournament.
The 1966 winners enter the World Cup after a dismal Nations League season that demoted them to League B. They didn’t score from open play until their 3-3 tie with Germany on the penultimate matchday. England might lose seven straight games for the first time since 1958, which would be a big blemish on Southgate’s record as talk over his post-World Cup future heats up.
England won its first World Cup match in 1998, 2006, and 2018 but lost in 2002, 2010, and 2014. Iran should play without fear knowing that the burden is off.
Iran will battle Wales and the USA for second place in Group B if England wins as expected, but they are one of several nations mired in pre-tournament controversy. The Ukrainian FA demanded Iran’s expulsion from the World Cup for suspicions it supplied Russia with weaponry for the current war in Eastern Europe, but Carlos Queiroz’s team is now prepared to compete in the finals for the third time in a row.
Iran has never advanced past the group stage of the World Cup in its current format and has only won two games in the tournament, including one against Morocco on the opening matchday of Russia 2018. Team Melli warmed up for the 2022 World Cup with a 1-0 friendly win over Nicaragua last week before losing 2-0 to Tunisia on Wednesday. It was just their third loss in their last 22 games, but their World Cup goals-per-game ratio of 0.6 is the worst of any country that has played at least 10 matches.
Team Melli is looking for their first win over European opponents at the ninth attempt, which would send shockwaves through Qatar.
England vs Iran Team News
Manchester City and England defender Kyle Walker admits Monday’s game is too soon for him as he recovers from groin surgery, and James Maddison missed training this week to monitor his workload after an injury scare last weekend. Kieran Trippier should start on the right in Walker’s absence, but the topic of a back three or four is already being asked.
Rice and Kalvin Phillips forged an effective midfield tandem at Euro 2020, but Phillips’ lack of game time after shoulder surgery could tempt Southgate to start Jude Bellingham.
Iran’s Omid Ebrahimi is out with a groin injury, but Bayer Leverkusen’s Sardar Azmoun is in after tearing a calf muscle last month. Queiroz has another seasoned center-forward in Porto’s Mehdi Taremi ready to share the goalscoring burden, and Alireza Jahanbakhsh should complement him.
Ehsan Hajsafi will captain Team Melli in his 122nd appearance, while Saman Ghoddos will start on the bench.
England’s Possible XI:
Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Bellingham; Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane
Beiranvand; Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Hosseini, Mohammedi; Nourollahi, Ezatolahi, Hajsafi; Jahanbakhsh, Taremi, Amiri
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England vs Iran Prediction
There may be some well-known names and plenty of international experience in Iran’s offensive ranks, but we are not anticipating any surprises on Monday.
England should start their World Cup campaign with a straightforward three points, as they will be eager to shake off the rust after their disappointing Nations League campaign and have plenty of in-form attackers of their own to rely upon.