The England team has made it to the final stage of the World Cup in Qatar 16 times. This time the team under the leadership of Gareth Southgate got into group “B”, where the teams of the United States, Wales, and Iran will be the rivals of the British. Consider England’s prospects for the upcoming World Cup, and evaluate their chances of winning the tournament. By the way, you can find out the odds for the contenders for victory in the World Cup in the Parimatch India app.
Gareth Southgate has a lot of talented players at his disposal, but the national team’s poor performance in the Nations League cannot but worry the head coach. Southgate is likely to keep the faith in much of the team that led England to the final at Euro 2020, where the team lost to Italy. Starting defense and midfield rarely changed during the competition, and it seems that at this stage there is little reason for the head coach to change his plans.
England will play no more friendlies ahead of the World Cup and Southgate will shape their final squad based on domestic and previous international kits.
Let’s try to predict the starting lineup for the 2022 World Cup:
Harry Kane is among the best strikers in the world along with Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema, and Kylian Mbappe. Kane has so far spent his entire career at Tottenham, where he is a club legend. He was the top scorer in the Premier League three times. He also scored the most goals in the 2020 European Championship qualifiers and during the most recent World Cup in 2018.
Undoubtedly, he is a full-fledged striker who will play with his back to the goal, shoot from a distance, and complete the action in the penalty area. Harry Kane is also England’s captain and full-time penalty taker. By the way, according to the odds, the bookmaker can conclude that this striker has the maximum chance of becoming the top scorer of the upcoming World Cup.
First match for England. The English will certainly want to start the tournament well, and since they start with the weakest opponent in the group, this match could end in a rout. Iran entered the tournament by winning their group in the Asian zone qualifier ahead of South Korea. Interestingly, in July, the Iranians fired the head coach, which could lead to not the best situation within the team. In any case, England is the undisputed favorite and most likely, three points for Gareth Southgate’s wards will be easy.
The United States finished only third in the North and Central America group behind Canada and Mexico. Costa Rica scored the same number of points, but the balance of direct matches led to the fact that the United States received a direct ticket to the World Cup. Football in the USA has made a lot of progress lately, but the expectations of the national team, as always, can exceed the possibilities. The USA will fight with Wales for second place in the group, but in the match with England, the team cannot count on great success.
Last group meeting for Gareth Southgate. Wales qualified for the World Cup after winning the playoffs in a tough match against Ukraine. However, it is almost certain that Wales will fight the USA for the right to qualify for the playoffs from second place in this group.