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 3-0 Senegal – Sunday, December 4 (19:00)

Quater-Finals

England won Match 51 in comprehensive fashion so they will face the Match 52 victors, France, who beat Poland in the last 16. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the reigning champions before Kylian Mbappe’s brilliant brace. Robert Lewandowski netted a consolation from the spot with the last kick of the game.

Match 59: England v France – Saturday, December 10 (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 Brazil, 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)

Final

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, despite the advantage of topping Group B means avoiding the Netherlands in the last 16. The major downside with this path is the potential for a quarter-final clash with France.

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