On November 21, against Iran in Group B, England’s World Cup campaign gets underway in Qatar. For the third time in a row, Iran play on the largest platform in the world, but getting past the group stage will be difficult for Team Melli.
Iran, ranking at number 21, should play without any fear knowing that the pressure is completely off their shoulders, unlike England, which has a record of winning the first World Cup encounter and losing the next. Iran won the opening match in 1998, 2006 and 2018, but lost in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
|EVENT||England vs Iran – FIFA World Cup 2022|
|Date||Monday 21 November 2022 – 13:00 GMT|
|Venue||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
This will be the first time England and Iran have met on the largest stage because neither team has ever played the other. Iran have a better record in the recent past, having won two of their last five games, including friendly victories over Uruguay and Nicaragua. England have gone six games without a victory.
England quick facts
Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice
Iran quick facts
Current FIFA world ranking: 20
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group A)
Coach: Dragan Skocic
Key players: Ehsan Hajsafi, Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Taremi