Follow the 2022 World Cup draw LIVE

A general view of the World Cup draw

The 2022 World Cup draw is complete with European teams now knowing their opponents on the road to Qatar.

Gareth Southgate’s England were pulled out in Group I alongside Poland, who have faced the Three Lions in qualifying for the 1974, 1990, 1994, 2006 and 2014 World Cups, as well as taking on England in the finals in Mexico in 1986. England and Poland also met in qualifying for the 1992 and 2000 European Championships. They also face Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in matches which will be played between March and November next year.

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No reaction from Southgate as yet so we’ll leave it there – stay tuned to the Independent website and app for the England manager’s thoughts in due course.

Meanwhile, it’s full steam ahead for planning the route to World Cup glory for all the European nations – some of which will have three competitions on the go at once during 2021!

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Karl Matchett7 December 2020 19:12



We will get the England manager’s reaction to the draw soon, but good old Team England have left him on mute for the press conference. So he definitely has some thoughts, we just don’t know what they are. Any lip readers in the house?

Karl Matchett7 December 2020 18:52



On when precisely the fixtures will be played and in which order, the FA say:

“The dates for all of England’s games will be confirmed on Tuesday 8 December, with fixture information…to follow in due course.”

Karl Matchett7 December 2020 18:50



Fans of a certain vintage will recall Hungary being one of the most feared national teams on the entire planet. It has been a while, though, and the modern side is…not as good.

England last faced them in a friendly in 2010, but this will be the first time the nations have faced off in competitive matches since 1983.

Karl Matchett7 December 2020 18:49



If our calculations are correct, England will play a minimum of 13 games between March and November. It’s likely to be a few more, too: a friendly or two before the Euros and the possibility of getting through to the knock-outs.

There could…

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