England’s possible route to the World Cup 2022 final in Qatar

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56 and a half years of hurt and counting. After the near miss in Russia in 2018, England go again in Qatar as they bid to land that elusive second World Cup.

Despite a wretched set of results in 2022 capped off by Nations League relegation, the Three Lions head to the Middle East as one of the favourites in Paddy Power’s World Cup 2022 betting market.

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As easy as it is to write off England’s chances, let’s not forget Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals in the last World Cup and were a penalty shootout away from winning Euro 2020 last year. When it comes to big-tournament experience, this group have it by the bucketload.

You can check out the latest World Cup odds on the Paddy Power website, otherwise let’s crack on with England’s potential route to the World Cup 2022 final below.

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Group Stage

England have been pitched in Group B alongside Iran, USA and Wales. The top two teams from the pool progress to the last 16.

Matchday 1: England 6-2 Iran – Monday, November 21 (13:00)
Matchday 2: England 0-0 USA – Friday, November 25 (19:00)
Matchday 3: Wales 0-3 England – Tuesday, November 29 (19:00)

Last 16

England topped Group B with seven points from three games so they will face Senegal, the runners-up in Group A, in the last 16.

Match 51: England v Senegal – Sunday, December 4 (19:00)

Quater-Finals

If England win Match 51 then they will face the Match 52 victors – the winners of Group D or the Group C runners-up. It would likely put the Three Lions on collision course with reigning world champions France – in Group D with Australia, Denmark and Tunisia – while Group C contains Argentina, Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

Match 59: Match 51 Winners v Match 52 Winners – Saturday, December 10 (19:00)

If England progress from Match 49 then they will meet the winners of Match 50 – the winners of Group C or the Group D runners-up. That could mean a clash against old rivals Argentina. Woof!

Match 57: Match 49 Winners v Match 50 Winners – Friday, December 9 (19:00)

Semi-Finals

If England win Match 59 then they will face the winners of Match 60 – the Group F winners/Group E runners-up or the Group H winners/Group G runners-up. The other side of the draw looks wide open with the likes of Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Spain among the possible opponents among the numerous permutations.

Match 62: Match 59 Winners v Match 60 Winners – Wednesday, December 14 (19:00)

If England progress from Match 57 then they will play the winners of Match 58 – the Group E winners/Group F runners-up or the Group G winners/Group H runners-up. World Cup favourites Brazil are the most likely match-up in this scenario. Daunting.

Match 61: Match 57 Winners v Match 58 Winners – Tuesday, December 13 – (19:00)

Final

If England progress through all the stages as Group B winners then Brazil are the most likely opponents but it doesn’t really matter who you face at this stage of the competition. If you’re in the final then you’re one game away from footballing immortality.

Match 64: Match 61 Winners v Match 62 Winners – Sunday, December 18 (15:00)

Sorry for dropping a cliche here but there’s no easy match at international level, however, it’s pretty clear that England want to win Group B for the sake of probably avoiding the Netherlands in the last 16 and World Cup favourites Brazil in the semi-finals. The only downside with this path is the potential for a quarter-final clash with France.

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