England kick off their 2022 World Cup campaign later today when they take on Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium.
The Three Lions will be hoping for a quick start to their campaign in Qatar, with today’s fixture followed by meetings with the USA and Wales in Group B. This will be their first ever competitive meeting with Iran, who are managed by former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz.
Gareth Southgate will no doubt have a few selection issues to ponder in the buildup to this afternoon, most notably whether to start Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back over Newcastle United’s Kieran Trippier. Lineup notwithstanding, his side are strong favourites to top Group B come next week and will be expected to take all three points against a dogged and resolute Iranian outfit.
Here’s all you need to know about the match.
When is the match?
England and Iran will kick off their opening group stage clash today, Monday November 21, at 1pm.
The match will be staged at the 45,000-capacity Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
Is it on TV?
Yes, England’s game today will be on BBC One, with Gary Lineker hosting the buildup from 12pm. The match will also be shown live on BBC iPlayer.
Here at the Echo, meanwhile, we will provide live buildup, coverage and reaction on our England vs Iran LIVE blog.
Early team news
Reports this morning from Sky Sports suggest that Southgate could mix things up a bit from the back five that has been his default for so long. The England boss is expected to deploy a 4-3-3 formation this afternoon, allowing room for an extra central midfielder.
Evertonians can expect to see the ever-dependable Jordan Pickford starting between the posts, although the inclusion of Conor Coady in the back-line is un…