On Monday, November 21, the meeting in the 1st round of Group B between England and Iran will take place. The meeting is extremely interesting not only in terms of football, but also in terms of politics.
The England team has recently gathered a very talented generation, as proven by the recent major tournaments. Even in this case, the English fans and experts do not believe that their team showed their best, and they blame the coach Gareth Southgate. According to them, the coach puts a little cowardly soccer, which prevented the team to beat Italy in the final of the Euro, which was held at Wembley in London.
However, the England Football Federation continues to trust Southgate and he will take the national team to its third major tournament.
England fans are very concerned about the latest results of their national team: Southgate’s charges failed in the group stage of the Nations League and left the elite division. In six games against Italy, Germany and Hungary, England have not won a single victory, and the real slap in the face was the home defeat against the Hungarians with a score of 0:4.
The top scorer in the World Cup qualifying for the British was Harry Kane – Tottenham striker scored 12 goals and along with Dutchman Memphis Depay became the best sniper in the qualifying stage in Europe.
The expanded England squad looks very powerful, and, of course, this team will be among the favorites for the final victory.
In Asia, the World Cup qualifying cycle has several stages, and the teams had to overcome two group stages.
In the first stage, the Iranians won their group, which also included Iraq, Bahrain, Hong Kong and Cambodia. Although the Iranians started the qualifying process with a squeak, losing to Bahrain and Iraq. After those defeats, Iran’s head coach, Marc Wilmots, resigned, although he said the reason was not because of the failures, but because of the failure to fulfill his obligations to him.
In the second qualifying round, Iran was again the best in its group, beating a strong team such as South Korea and qualifying directly for the world championships.
For Iran, which will be taken to the tournament by Portuguese specialist Carlos Queiroz, the World Cup in Qatar will be the sixth time for the country. The Iranians have never made it out of the group, although in the last World Cup in Russia they pretended to the last seconds to make the playoffs, but still missed out on Portugal and Spain.
For England and Iran, the upcoming match will be not only the first at the World Cup in Qatar, but also between each other – these two teams have never crossed paths before. Undoubtedly, the favorite of the meeting is the English team.
England is more likely to win comfortably and get their first three points