England vs Iran – World Cup: Team news, start time, channel

England get their World Cup campaign underway TODAY against Iran in Group B… but what time is kick-off? What TV channel is it on? What is their head-to-head record? And what is the team news?

  • England take on Iran in the second game of the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar
  • The match at the The Khalifa International Stadium kicks off at 1pm UK Time
  • England and Iran will also be hosting the opening game inside Group B 
  • Here’s our WORLD CUP GROUP B GUIDE: England, Iran, United States and Wales 
  • Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for all the latest World Cup news through the day 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

The World Cup enters its second day, as England get their campaign up and running against Iran Group B after hosts Qatar fell to defeat against Ecuador on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate’s side will be looking for a key three points to get started with potentially tricky fixtures against the United States and Wales to come.

Iran though will be no minnows as they go into the World Cup ranked 20th in the world and have the ability to cause the Three Lions problems.

FA chiefs are concerned by the prospect of captain Harry Kane being shown a yellow card for wearing a OneLove armband at the World Cup 

Players who wear One Love armbands at the Qatar World Cup could be booked before kick off

England have often started well under Gareth Southgate at major tournaments, previously defeating Croatia at Euro 2020 as well as Tunisia at the last World Cup.

Iran have qualified for the World Cup for the third time in a row – their longest streak – and will look to build on good performances in Russia last time out where despite going out in the group stage put up credible fights against Spain and Portugal.

With the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know below.

England are up early on to get their World Cup campaign underway against Iran on Monday November 21. The game will start at 1pm GMT, 8am EST in the USA and 11pm for Australian Eastern Time.

Date: Monday November 21

Time:  1pm (UK time), 8am (US EST), 11pm (AUS EST)

Gareth Southgate will be hoping his England side can bag three points to open the campaign

How to watch the match

The England vs Iran game will be aired live on BBC One for UK viewers. If you are looking to stream the game, you need to head to BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sport website. The game will be free to watch for all UK viewers with a TV License. 

US based World Cup fans can view the match on Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports website with a valid login. Sling TV, Fubo.TV and Peacock will also be screening the game.

Australian fans can watch the game for free on SBS, including the live stream.

UK: BBC One and BBC iPlayer

US: Fox Sports, Sling TV, Fubo.TV and Peacock

Australia: SBS and SBS On Demand

The game will be aired live on BBC and streamed on BBC iPlayer for viewers in the UK

Where is England vs Iran being played? 

England’s clash with Iran will take place at the Khalifa International Stadium – which is located in Al Rayyan, just to the west of Doha.

The Khalifa International Stadium has a capacity of around 45,000, divided over three tiers. The venue – which was built in 1976 was initially renovated in 2005, before undergoing another revamp between 2014 and 2017. 

The stadium will hold several group stage matches as well as one last-16 tie and the third-place play-off.  

Location: Al Rayyan, Qatar

Stadium: The Khalifa International Stadium

 The Khalifa International Stadium will host the opening Group B game of the World Cup

England vs Iran: Team news

Bukayo Saka is set to start ahead of Phil Foden with Southgate to name an attacking lineup for England’s opener. 

In addition to Saka’s anticipated inclusion, the England boss is also ready to unleash boy wonder Jude Bellingham on the World Cup stage. 

The England boss is set to keep faith with Harry Maguire in central defence despite his problems at club level. John Stones is expected to play next to Maguire. 

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka (left) is set to start in place of Phil Foden in England’s opening fixture

Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw are hopeful of being selected at full-back, while Declan Rice and Mason Mount could get the nod alongside Bellingham in midfield.

Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane should join Saka in England’s attack while Jordan Pickford will play in goal.

Iran could cause a threat to England and will be relying on Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi to try and lead them to a shock victory in Group B. 

England squad: 

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale

Defenders: Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Eric Dier, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Conor Coady, Ben White, Trent Alexander-Arnold

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Kalvin Phillips

Forwards: James Maddison, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson, Marcus Rashford

Iran’s forward Sardar Azmoun is likely to be the main threat against England on Monday

Iran squad: 

Goalkeepers: Alireza Biranvand, Amir Abedzadeh, Seyed Hossein Hosseini, Payam Niazmand

Defenders: Ramin Rezaiyan, Sadegh Moharami, Hossein Kanaanizadegan, Morteza Pouraliganji, Shoja Khalilzadeh, Abolfazl Jalali, Milad Mohammadi, Rozbe Cheshmi, Seyed Majid Hosseini

Midfielders: Saeid Ezatolahi, Ahmad Nourollahi, Ali Karimi, Saman Ghoddos, Vahid Amiri, Ali Gholizadeh, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Ehsan Hajsafi

Forwards: Karim Ansarifard, Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Tarami, Mehdi Torabi

Head-to-head record

This will be the first time England vs Iran will be played in any official game.

Group B fixtures

  • England vs Iran – Monday November 21
  • USA vs. Wales – Monday November 21
  • Wales vs. Iran – Friday November 25
  • England vs. USA – Friday November 25
  • Wales vs. England – Tuesday November 29
  • Iran vs USA – Tuesday November 29 

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