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

England get their 2022 World Cup campaign underway when they face 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 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

England will get their World Cup campaign up and running on Monday when they take on Iran in the opening game of Group B.

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.

England have been training ahead of their World Cup clash against Iran on Monday

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.

Iran will be keen to upset England in the opening game of Group B at the World Cup

England are up early on to get their World Cup campaign underway against Iran on Monday November 21 against Iran. 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

Phil Foden is in line to start for England in a 3-4-3 formation that Gareth Southgate is set to favour at this tournament.

The Three Lions could be without James Maddison though who missed training again on Friday.

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. 

James Maddison missed training on Friday for England to make him a doubt for the game

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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