England want 4 factors from their ultimate two group video games to make sure of qualification to the 2022 World Cup.
England’s lead on the prime of Group I used to be minimize to 3 factors on Tuesday night as they had been held to a 1-1 draw with Hungary at Wembley, whereas Poland beat Albania 1-0 to maneuver into second place.
Gareth Southgate’s facet can nonetheless safe qualification with a sport to spare in the event that they beat Albania at Wembley subsequent month and Poland drop factors away to Andorra.
They will additionally safe their place on the event with a sport to spare in the event that they draw with Albania – however solely within the unlikely occasion that Poland lose towards minnows Andorra.
Given Poland will likely be anticipated to beat Andorra, who’re ranked 156th on the earth, the chances are England won’t make certain of qualification till after their ultimate group sport away to backside facet San Marino on Monday November 15.
And with solely a first-placed end guaranteeing qualification, there’s nonetheless little margin for error – notably provided that reaching Qatar with a second-place end just isn’t easy.
The ten runners-up from the group stage will be a part of two group winners from final season’s Nations League in a mini-tournament in March that may see solely three extra groups qualify.
England might nonetheless discover themselves concerned in that scrap in the event that they drop factors in each of their ultimate two group video games.
England’s remaining fixtures
Nov 12 – Albania (h)
Nov 15 – San Marino (a)
The 2022 World Cup is going down in Qatar within the winter months slightly than the standard summer season ones, because of the warmth.
The event kicks off on Monday November 21 on the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor with a match that may characteristic the host nation.
The ultimate will likely be performed on the Lusail Stadium in Doha per week earlier than Christmas on Sunday December 18.
The event will characteristic 32 groups in eight teams of 4.
4 matches will likely be performed every day throughout the group stage, which can run over a 12-day interval and see winners and runners-up progress to the spherical of 16.
Matches will solely be assigned to explicit venues after the finals draw, so organisers can select optimum kick-off occasions to go well with tv audiences in several international locations, in addition to supporters out in Qatar.
The finals draw is scheduled to happen in April 2022, after the March window for worldwide fixtures.
In contrast to at Euro 2020, there will likely be a third-place play-off sport on December 17.
Group stage: November 21- December 2
Spherical of 16: December 3-6
Quarter-finals: December 9/10
Semi-finals: December 13/14
Ultimate: December 18
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