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England’s 2022 World Cup Fixtures: Key Dates Fans Need to Book Off Work

Harry Kane will be hoping to lead England to World Cup glory (Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

England now know the majority of the sides they’ll be facing in the group stages of the 2022 World Cup and is on hand to let you know what dates you may need to think about booking off work.

Following last year’s run to the Euro 2020 final, Gareth Southgate’s side head into the World Cup later this year among the favourites and hoping to go one better.

England have been drawn in Group B where they’ll face USA, Iran and one of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine.

Scotland and Ukraine still need to play their play-off clash where the winner will go up against Wales to book their spot in Qatar.

Unlike previous summer tournaments, the heat in Qatar means this year’s competition will get underway on Monday, November 21 with football fans treated to nearly a month’s worth of action in the lead up to Christmas.

Kick-off times for England’s matches are not yet confirmed but we do now know the dates the Three Lions will be playing their group matches.

England will kick off their World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday, November 21 – the opening day of the tournament – although it will not be the opening match as that will involve hosts Qatar, who face Ecuador.

Gareth Southgate was in Qatar for Friday’s draw (Picture: Igor Kralj/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)

Four days later, England face off against USA on Friday, November 25 before taking on either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine on Tuesday, November 29.

Should England make it out of their group, they will take on one of Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal or the Netherlands in the last-16.

Depending on if England win their group or finish second, they will play their last-16 match on either December 3 or 4.

In the first two rounds of matches, games will kick off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm in Qatar (10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm UK time).

The Lusail Iconic Stadium will host the final (Picture: Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

The final round of group games and all knockout matches will be at 6pm and 10pm locally (3pm and 7pm UK time).

We’re not getting ahead of ourselves by any means but should England reach a second successive major final, the showpiece event takes place on Sunday, December 18.

The final is set for 6pm locally (3pm UK time).

More: England Football Team

Key dates

Group stage: November 21 to December 2

Round of 16: December 3-6

Quarter-finals: December 9-10

Semi-finals: December 13-14

Final: December 18

MORE : World Cup 2022 draw in full as England get dream draw and France and Brazil learn fates

MORE : Alan Shearer reacts to England’s dream World Cup draw

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