The Three Lions are expected to make it to the knockout stages, but the computer forecasts them to be knocked out by France in the quarter-final. 'We want to be a Germany' Gareth Southgate wants England to become a major reference point for world football domination. For the nation's manager, it is even a case of: The more German, the better. On the eve of his third tournament in charge, Southgate revealed he has been killing some time looking at the impressive international record of our greatest international rivals on Wikipedia. Despite leading his nation to a World Cup semi-final in Russia four years ago and last summer's Euro 2020 final, the Three Lions' roll of honour on Wiki is embarrassing in comparison. Southgate goes into today's Group B opener against Iran on a run of six games without a win after a shocking Nations League run.
England vs Iran: Date, TV channel, kick-off for Three Lions' World Cup clashLive Blog'ERE WE GO AGAIN Updated: 12:01, 21 Nov 2022ENGLAND have arrived in the desert hoping to strike black gold as they get set to take on Iran in their opener. There is already furore over Harry Kane's choice of One Love captain's armband - but now six countries have backed down over using it. Gareth Southgate's side last World Cup tournament ended in agony as they lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-finals of the 2018 edition in Russia. And who could forget the penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the Euros final 16 months ago.
“One of the big shifts we have made over the last four or five years with Gareth [Southgate] is not being afraid to say ‘we are going to this tournament to win it’ because we believe we can. “It’d be wrong to think otherwise. What’s the point of going to a World Cup and believing you can bring the trophy home? “It is going to be tough and we are going to have to work extremely hard and have a bit of luck and have things go our way but it is important not to be afraid to say that is what we are going there to do. ” He added: “It has not been a great period for England for a long time, probably since Gareth took charge we have not had a spell like we have had. “In a way before a major tournament that can be a good thing because it allows you to not get carried away.
Fan Fiasco ORDINARY SUPPORTERS in the FanZone are paying the same for beer as some of the richest people who have come to Doha, reports Dan King. The USA team are among the VIPs staying at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski Hotel in the swanky Pearl district. A bucket of six 33cl cans of the official tournament tipple is on sale in the hotel's sports bar for 220 Qatari Riyal - so 36. 66 per can, or 1. 11 Riyal (26p) per cl. In the FanZone, it's 50 Riyal (£11. 62) for a 50cl can - in much less luxurious surroundings. Iran team news Sardar Azmoun is expected to return to the squad following a spell on the sidelines with a torn calf. England favourites According to Betfair, England are currently the clear favourites to win today's match. England win - 1/3 Draw - 18/5 Iran win - 10/1 Madd Miss James Maddison is also set to miss today's game. The midfielder sustained a knee injury last week and is yet to feature in a full training session with the rest of the squad.
Supporters have flocked to hotel bars and sports pubs in the country to sink £12 pints before England's World Cup campaign kicks off. Qatar controversially U-turned earlier this week and banned alcohol from being sold at all stadiums. It means that the only official place where fans can have a drink will be the Doha city centre official Fan Festival, which is flogging Budweiser for almost £12. Despite this, England fans have managed to hunt out places to sink a pint as the Three Lions prepare to take on Iran at 1pm.
Some fans in Qatar have sniffed out some Â£12 pints despite the strict laws on alcohol ‘We have to believe! ’ England fly to Qatar as one of the tournament favourites having reached the semi-finals in 2018 and the Euro 2020 final. But skipper Harry Kane feels England can go one step further after claiming: “We have to believe we can win it. “I look back at England 10 or 15 years ago and it was almost like we were scared to say we wanted to win it.
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Only 16 England teams have ever been to a World Cup. "A lot of the staff and players are at their second. Raheem [Sterling] is at his third. You have to remind yourself of this moment in time. "Tournament football is different. Germany have always been one of the prime examples of that. That's how we need to be, really. " Credit: AFP What is the OneLove armband? The OneLove armbands at the Qatar World Cup promote inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights. This comes as Qatar, a country which criminalises same-sex relationships, is hosting the tournament.
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Updating fans on Walker's status when naming his squad for Qatar, Southgate said: "Kyle's a little bit different in that he's not back in full training yet but he's going to be available before the end of the group stage. "Of course we had to make a very difficult call with Reece [James] who we think is a fantastic player but he wasn't going to be available, if everything went perfectly, until the latter stages of the tournament. "There are too many unknowns for us on that road to recovery and also I don't think we can take a player who is not available for the group stages as that would be deemed arrogant in some circles. "But also, if everything went well and he was available and he was ready and we were picking him, then you'd be dropping him into a quarter-final after eight weeks out and that would be really demanding.
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“If we won every game in the lead up to this tournament it would have been ‘we are guaranteed to win it’ and that comes with a different pressure. “Being judged on major tournaments is the main thing and the last two we have had have been good and we have a great confidence in ourselves we can go and have a good tournament in Qatar. ” Is it coming home? A World Cup supercomputer has predicted the outcome of the tournament - and it isn't great news for England.
But he stressed it should have little relevance over what could unfold during the next month in Qatar. Southgate, 52, said: "It is hard to talk about form because you are always six weeks, two months between games in international football, so what actually is form? "What there is, is pedigree. We want to be a Germany, who when I was looking at their Wikipedia page: four golds, four silvers, four bronzes. "European Championships — three golds, three silvers, three bronzes. "Yes, our page didn't quite look like that but we'd love it if it did in 40 years' time and that should be our aim, to be consistently challenging. "We remind ourselves of the privilege of being here and the uniqueness of it.
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