ENGLAND GET FAVOURABLE WORLD CUP DRAW
Former world champions England have been given a relatively favourable draw for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the European section. The Three Lions of England discovered their qualifying opponents after the draw was held at the start of this week.
At the end of the draw on Monday evening, England ended in Group I as the top seed alongside Poland who have the hottest striker in the world at the moment in Robert Lewandowski who plays his club football for German team Bayern Munich. Lewandowski helped Bayern Munich win an impressive treble last season after the Bavarian giants won the German Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League titles.
The other teams in Group I with England and Poland are Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino. England will start their campaign with an easy match at home to San Marino in March 2021, while the campaign will end with an away trip to face the same team in November 2021.
There are ten groups as far as the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers is concerned in the European section and the winners from those ten groups will qualify for the tournament proper in Qatar automatically.
The ten teams in second place will go into the playoffs. The top two teams from the UEFA Nations League will qualify for the playoffs as well as long as they are yet to qualify either automatically or for the playoffs. The overall 12 teams will be divided into three groups with each group consisting of four teams. The four teams will contest for one slot via the playoffs meaning that three teams will emerge from the playoffs to join the already qualified ten countries.
In total, 13 countries will represent UEFA at the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament scheduled for Qatar from November to December 2022.