England World Cup 2022
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The draw for the FIFA World Cup 2022 has been done in Qatar; all the groups, brackets, and fixtures are set. England has confirmed their ticket to Qatar from the UEFA region. Here in this article, we will predict England’s potential opponents in the Qatar World Cup, and try to figure out their Round of 16, Quarter-Finals, and Semi-Finals opponents, should they qualify.

The English side have been a promising team in recent years. They are among the top guns of world football. The 5th best team according to FIFA rankings, England are expected to put up a good display at the World Cup 2022, Qatar.

Gareth Southgate’s men had finished in the top 4 in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, losing to Croatia in the semi-finals by 2-1 goals in extra time. They had been heartbroken once more in the Euro 2020 (held in 2021), losing to Italy in the Final on penalties.

The English side have qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar directly from Group I in the UEFA region. They will visit Qatar in November with the mission of winning their second-ever World Cup title, the first time since 1966.

England’s Group and Match Schedule in World Cup 2022

The biggest show on earth, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar, in November this year. The groups, brackets, and fixtures for this huge event are already set. England are in Group B along with Iran, USA, Wales or Scotland and Ukraine (will be confirmed in June).

World Cup Group of England

Group A Group B
Qatar England
Ecuador Iran
Senegal USA
Netherlands Wales or Scotland or Ukraine

Top two teams will qualify for the Round of 16 from each group – group winners and runners-up. Every team will play 3 matches in the Group Stage. A win brings 3 points, draw 1, and no points for a defeat.

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The Group B winners will play the runners-up of Group A in the Round of 16, and the Group B runners-up will play the Group A winners. Hence, B1 vs A2,  and B2 vs A1 in the Round of 16 knockout stage. Check out all the groups of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Match Schedule, Kickoff Time, Venue

England will go underway in the World Cup 2022 against Iran in their first match. They will face USA in the second match, and end the group stage by playing against Wales or Scotland or Ukraine, that will be confirmed in June.

Let’s check out England’s match schedule, kickoff time, and venue in the Qatar World Cup 2022.

All the times are in GMT, so you can convert it easily into your local time.

Match Date Kickoff Time Venue
England vs. Iran Monday, 21 November 2022 1:00 pm GMT Khalifa Int’l
England vs. USA Friday, 25 November 2022 7:00 pm GMT Al Bayt
England vs. Wales or Scotland or Ukraine Tuesday, 29 November 2022 7:00 pm GMT Ahmad Bin Ali

Here you can check out the full schedule and fixture of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar.

Who will be the Round of 16 Opponent of England in the World Cup 2022?

We have analyzed the groups, paths, and brackets along with the teams’ strengths and forms to predict the possible opponent of England in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar.

We all like to think positively about our favorite teams. Maybe you are thinking about the potential opponents of England in the Qatar World Cup 2022. You are at the right place. Let’s discuss England’s World Cup chances.

England’s World Cup brackets involve the groups A, B, C, and D till the quarter-finals. So, they cannot face any team from groups E, F, G, and H before semi-finals.

England are in Group B. The Group B winners will play the runners-up of Group A in the Round of 16, and the Group B runners-up will play the Group A winners. Hence, B1 vs A2,  and B2 vs A1 in the Round of 16 knockout stage.

With the quality and balance in the team, England are the top team in Group B. They are expected to be the winners of Group B (B1) though they may not win all three matches against tough challenges like USA and Iran. The English side has been in wonderful touch in recent years. They played the semi-finals of the World Cup 2018, and the final of the Euro 2020 though without success. Surely, they are getting closer to glory and what could be better than the World Cup title. Gareth Southgate has wonderful young talents as well as veterans in his squad. With Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, and Mason Mount in the attack, they are among the toughest teams in the Qatar World Cup.

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There will be some mouth-watering clashes between Iran, USA, and a 4th team yet to be confirmed. Group B should see a close finish for the runners-up spot. According to our picks, USA should finish the group stage as the runners-up (B2).

Now, the Group B winners and runners-up will face the runners-up and winners of Group A, respectively. So, England’s Round of 16 opponent can be any team from Group A.

  • B1 A2
  • B2 A1

Group A consists of Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, and Netherlands. Memphis Depay’s Netherlands are the hot favorites to top the Group A (A1). We predict that Ecuador should face Senegal in a Group A second spot decider, with Ecuador coming out as the better side to be the runners-up of group A (A2).

So, England’s Round of 16 opponent should be Ecuador, according to our picks.

Match No. Match
51 B1 (England) vs. A2 (Ecuador)
49 B2 (USA) vs. A1 (Netherlands)

If either England or Netherlands slips and finishes second in their group, there will be a strong possibility of England vs. Netherlands in the Round of 16.

  • Hence, England’s Round of 16 opponent will be a team from Group A. If England tops the Group B, they will face the A2 team, that can possibly be either Ecuador, Senegal, or even Netherlands.

Who can be England’s Quarter-Final Opponent in the World Cup 2022?

Now, we will pick from too far ahead of time. Let’s analyze the brackets and find England’s potential opponents in the World Cup.

Englane’s quarter-final opponent will be among the following brackets.

  • Match no. 49 (A1 vs B2) vs. Match no. 50 (C1 vs D2). It is when England finishes as the runners-up of Group B, and wins against the winners of Group A (in the Round of 16), for a spot in the quarter-finals. 
  • Match no. 51 (B1 vs A2) vs. Match no. 52 (D1 vs C2). It is when England finishes as the winners of Group B, and wins against the runners-up of Group A (in the Round of 16), for a spot in the quarter-finals.
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So, if England wins in the match no. 51 in the Round of 16 stage, which should be against Ecuador according to our picks, they will face the winners of D1 vs C2 in the quarter-finals. Let’s check out Group C and Group D at this point.

Group C Group D
Argentina France (D1 according to our picks)
Saudi Arabia Peru or Australia or UAE
Mexico Denmark
Poland (should finish as C2 according to our picks) Tunisia

As things stand, the match no. 52 in the Round of 16 should be France (D1) vs. Poland (C2). We predict France should win this tie for a spot in the quarter-finals. Hence, if England wins in the match no. 51, which should be against Ecuador according to our picks, they will face France in the quarter-finals.

  • England’s Probable Quarter-Final Opponent: Winners of 51 vs. Winners of 52, which should be England France, according to our picks.

However, if England finishes second in the group as B2, and beats Netherlands (A1) in the Round of 16 to play in the quarter-finals, they could meet the winners of C1 vs D2 in the quarter-finals, which could be Argentina or Denmark.

Hence, in either ways, if England goes through to the quarter-finals, their probable opponents should be France, Argentina, or Denmark, should they all qualify according to our picks.

Who can be England’s Semi-Final Opponent in the World Cup 2022?

The World Cup brackets certainly confirm that England will not face anyone from groups E, F, G, and H including Spain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, or Portugal before Semi-Finals.

So, England can face any team among Spain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, or Portugal in the semi-finals.

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