Wales join England, Iran and USA in Group B at 2022 World Cup; tournament takes place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18; hosts to face Ecuador in opening game; holders France grouped with Denmark; Spain and Germany drawn together in Group E.

England and Wales will meet at the 2022 World Cup after being grouped together along with Iran and USA.

Gareth Southgate’s side will kick-off their World Cup campaign against Iran on November 21 before facing the United States in their second game on November 25.

England and Wales will then meet in their final group match on November 29 following Wales’ progress via the play-offs.

The tournament’s opening game will see hosts Qatar face Ecuador in Al Khor on November 21. Kick-off times and venues for the remaining group-stage matches are yet to be decided.

Holders France – who could meet England in the quarter-finals, providing both sides win their groups – have been drawn in Group D alongside Denmark and Tunisia, and begin their defence against the winners of Intercontinental play-off 1 – United Arab Emirates, Australia or Peru.

Meanwhile, 2010 winners Spain and 2014 winners Germany are paired against each other in Group E alongside Japan and one of Costa Rica and New Zealand – who will compete in the second Intercontinental play-off later this year.

Four-time winners Brazil have been grouped with Switzerland and Serbia, both of whom who they faced at the same stage in 2018, and Cameroon. The Selecao’s rivals Argentina were matched with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

Louis van Gaal, who has spoken out against the decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar, will face the hosts with his Netherlands side in Group A, which also features Ecuador and Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal.

2022 World Cup in Qatar draw

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will face Uruguay, Canada and South Korea, while Belgium – ranked second in the world – will take on Ghana, Morocco and Croatia.

2022 World Cup draw in full

  • Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
  • Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
  • Also, Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
  • Group D: France, Intercontinental play-off 1**, Denmark, Tunisia
  • Group E: Spain, Intercontinental play-off 2***, Germany, Japan
  • Also, Group F: Belgium, Ghana, Morocco, Croatia
  • Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
  • Group H: Portugal, Canada, Uruguay, South Korea

**Intercontinental play-off 1 – United Arab Emirates/Australia/Peru

***Intercontinental play-off 2 – Costa Rica/New Zealand

What Neville has said:

“Wales, we just nipped past them a few years ago but Wales ended up going a lot further.

“So those games are really challenging for England – always have been. We know how much it means to the Welsh, the Scottish to play against England – that’s not being arrogant, we just know it’s a huge fixture.

“I’m looking forward to the group. They’ve all got a meaning to them but they are difficult games from an emotional perspective more than a football perspective, and that does carry something of a problem for England.”

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