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We know the identity of nearly half the teams set to compete in the World Cup 2022 but a whole host of countries are still looking to punch their tickets to Qatar.
Sadly, the Boys in Green will not be out in the Middle East but England are one of the 29 sides busy preparing for the first ever winter World Cup after easing through as Group I winners in UEFA’s qualification process.
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Wales and Scotland are hoping to join the Three Lions in Qatar but they could be set for a blockbuster battle for one of the last remaining spots. More on that later.
Which countries have qualified for the World Cup 2022?
- Qatar (Hosts)
- Germany (UEFA Group J winners)
- Denmark (UEFA Group F winners)
- Brazil (CONMEBOL top four)
- Serbia (UEFA Group A winners)
- Spain (UEFA Group B winners)
- France (UEFA Group D winners)
- Belgium (UEFA Group E winners)
- Netherlands (UEFA Group G winners
- Croatia (UEFA Group H winners)
- Switzerland (UEFA Group C winners)
- England (UEFA Group I winners)
- Argentina (CONMEBOL top four)
- Iran (AFC Group A top two)
- South Korea (AFC Group A top two)
- Japan (AFC Group B top two)
- Saudi Arabia (AFC Group B top two)
- Ecuador (CONMEBOL top four)
- Uruguay (CONMEBOL top four)
- Canada (CONCACAF third round top three)
- Ghana (CAF third round winners)
- Senegal (CAF third round winners)
- Portugal (UEFA play-off winners)
- Poland (UEFA play-off winners)
- Tunisia (CAF third round winners)
- Morocco (CAF third round winners)
- Cameroon (CAF third round winners)
- United States (CONCACAF third round top three)
- Mexico (CONCACAF third round top three)
What’s the state of play in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers across the globe?
After finish third in Group A and B respectively, the United Arab Emirates and Australia will battle it out in a one-legged play-off in the fourth round of AFC qualifying for the chance to play Peru in an inter-confederation play-off on June 13 or 14.
Costa Rica finished fourth in the third-round table to progress to the inter-confederation play-offs where they will face New Zealand on June 13 or 14.
Peru finished fifth in South American qualification so they will have to go through the lottery of the inter-confederation play-offs where they will face the winner of the United Arab Emirates v Australia on June 13 or 14.
New Zealand thrashed the Solomon Islands 5-0 in the final of Oceania’s mini tournament held in Qatar to book their spot in an inter-confederation play-off against Costa Rica on June 13 or 14.
There is one spot remaining spot up for grabs in Europe as the Russian invasion of Ukraine has put a delay on proceedings. Wales are set to face the winner of Scotland v Ukraine in a one-off match for a place at the World Cup after beating Austria in the Path A semi-finals. The fixtures are expected to take place in June.
Who are the favourites to win the World Cup 2022?
Brazil head Paddy Power’s World Cup 2022 Winner betting market but the Selecao have not won the tournament since 2002 when the likes of Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Cafu were strutting their stuff.
The World Cup has not been successfully defended since 1962 so France will have to defy recent history if they are to retain the trophy but they are second in our early betting.
England reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and were runners-up at Euro 2020 so the Three Lions are fancied to go one better, according to our odds.
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