The 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off on November 20 in Qatar as England are set to make another deep run this time around. The Three Lions will open their Group B campaign on November 21 with a game against Iran which they should comfortably win, followed by matches against the United States and Wales. Ahead of the group stage, let’s take a look at England’s World Cup prospects.
England 2022 World Cup preview
Odds of winning the World Cup: +850
There are only three favorite teams to win the World Cup ahead of England, with Brazil at +400, Argentina at +500 and France at +700 in the DraftKings Sportsbook. Spain is dead even with the Three Lions at +850 as well. Gareth Southgate’s side have plenty of talent and could have a real chance of winning, although they will have to overtake France, Belgium and Spain in the round of 16. They will be looking to redeem themselves after finishing in fourth place in 2018.
Group B win/pass odds: -280 to win, -1200 to advance
In good news for England, they are heavy favorites to win the group at odds of -280, while USA and Wales are tied at +500. Barring a disaster for the Southgate side, expect the Three Lions to make an appearance in the Round of 16 with one eye on the final.
After reaching the semi-finals in 2018 – the third time they have done so – they are looking to get back there and beyond in 2022. Southgate beat Colombia and Sweden in the round of 16 but lost lost to Croatia in extra time. in the semi-finals. This was followed by a 2-0 loss to Belgium in the third-place playoff. England have had a World Cup title under their belt since the 1966 tournament, but after 56 years they will feel it is time to win another. They have the talent to make a very deep run with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the roster.
Key player: Harry Kane
Kane has been a fixture in the England squad for years, making his senior debut in 2015. He was named the team’s captain in 2018 in Russia and won the tournament’s Golden Boot honors with six goals throughout the campaign. With 51 goals in just 75 games for England, Kane is poised to overtake the all-time top scorer spot from Wayne Rooney, who holds the top spot with 53 goals in 120 games. The 29-year-old Tottenham striker is expected to be one of the best performers at this year’s World Cup as he is in his prime.