Complete guide to the three lions qualifying campaign for next year’s Qatar tournament
England kicked off their qualifying campaign for 2022 World Cup in March 2021 and Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions will no doubt be aiming to catch up with their group.
After leading the team to fourth place during the 2018 World Cup and the runners-up at Euro 2020, Southgate et al know they have the necessary challenges, but they must first qualify.
Here, Purpose has everything you need to know about England’s World Cup qualifying campaign in 2022, including group status, matches, results and more.
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- England’s 2022 World Cup
- English World Cup 2022 qualifying matches and results
- How can I watch England’s qualifying World Cup qualify on TV?
- When will the 2022 World Cup take place?
England is withdrawn Group I of UEFA’s FIFA World Cup qualifying cycle. The draw was held in December 2020.
The Three Lions face Robert Lewandowski’s Poland, along with Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino.
Group winners automatically qualify for the World Cup and the team that finishes second will have to navigate through the play-off rounds.
Each team in the group plays the other five teams twice – at home and away – which means England will have to complete a total of 10 matches.
England launched their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a Extensive 5-0 home win against San Marino on March 25th. The match was the start of a three-match cycle in March, in which the three lions also defeated Albania 2-0 and then beat Wembley 2-1.
In September, three more heats are played, with both Hungary and Andorra beaten 4-0 and Poland clinching a happy 1-1 draw at home.
England will play two World Cup qualifiers in October – away against Andorra on October 9 and Hungary on October 12 – before concluding the campaign in November with matches against Albania (November 12) and San Marino (November 15).
You can see all of England’s qualifiers for the Group I World Cup below.
|Date||Match||Kick-off (UK time)||television channel|
|March 25||England 5-0 San Marino||7:45 p.m.||ITV|
|March 28||Albania 0-2 England||17:00||ITV|
|March 31||England 2-1 Poland||7:45 p.m.||ITV|
|2 Sep||Hungary 0-4 England||7:45 p.m.||ITV|
|5 Sep||England 4-0 Andorra||17:00||ITV|
|8 Sep||Poland 1-1 England||7:45 p.m.||ITV|
|Oct 9||Andorra vs England||7:45 p.m.||ITV|
|12 Oct||England vs Hungary||7:45 p.m.||ITV|
|12 Nov||England vs Albania||7:45 p.m.||ITV|
|15 Nov||San Marino vs England||7:45 p.m.||ITV|
Of course, England’s qualifying campaign for the World Cup was interrupted by Euro 2020, and Southgate’s team reached the final, where they lost on penalties to Italy.
After advancing from a group with Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic, England beat Germany, Ukraine and Denmark en route to the final.
Despite the lead by Luke Shaw at Wembley in the final, Italy roared back into the match and equalized through Leonardo Bonucci.
The match could not be separated by more than 120 minutes, but penalties were awarded, and the Azzurri won 3-2.
ITV has the broadcasting right to show England’s World Cup qualifiers on TV in the United Kingdom (UK).
The ITV Hub is the network’s online streaming service and it can be accessed via web browsers or through the ITV app. However, it should be noted that some ITV programming may not be available online.
Which channel number is ITV?
- Channel 3 (Freeview)
- Channel 103 (Virgin Media)
- Channel 103 (Sky)
- Channel 103 (Freesat)
The 2022 World Cup is the first such tournament to be held in the winter, and the matches begin 21 November 2022 and the final takes place on 18 December 2022.
This means that the tournament starts approximately one year after the end of the qualifying group phase and approximately eight months after the play-off phase, which takes place in March 2022.
World Cup 2022 is hosted by Qatar and this is the first time that FIFA’s flagship soccer competition is being held in the Middle East, which has already taken place in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia.