England vs Iran – World Cup: Group information, lineups & prediction

England vs Iran - World Cup: Team news, lineups & prediction

England’s bid to finish a 56-year watch for a second World Cup begins in opposition to Iran on Monday lunchtime.

In one of the controversial tournaments since, effectively, the 2018 World Cup in Russia, England kick off their marketing campaign in opposition to an Iranian aspect they might effectively be suggested to not underestimate, particularly because the Three Lions are identified for beginning slowly at tournaments.

Euro 2020 was proof of that, on the targets entrance no less than, but in addition confirmed England’s capability to play the scenario (match model soccer) relatively than be overwhelmed by the event.

Here is 90min‘s preview of the sport.

England vs Iran H2H Outcomes (All Time)

England and Iran have by no means met in males’s worldwide soccer.

Present Type (Final 5 Video games)

England: DDLLD

Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, James Maddison

England’s gamers practice in Qatar forward of their conflict with Iran / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

England staff information

Gareth Southgate chosen Kyle Walker regardless of the defender’s struggles with a groin harm. Walker hasn’t featured for Manchester Metropolis for the reason that first week of October and was deemed “not but prepared” to play by Pep Guardiola as just lately as final weekend.

England alternate between a 4-2-3-1 and 3-4-2-1 relying on the opposition. Towards an Iran aspect that can seemingly defend in a mid-block, Southgate could go for the system with an additional ahead possibility.

England Beginning 11 (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Bellingham, Rice; Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane.
Bench: Pope, Ramsdale, Walker, Dier, Coady, Alexander-Arnold, White, Henderson, Phillips, Foden, Maddison, Gallagher, Grealish, Rashford, Wilson.

Iran staff information

Iran’s chief harm concern revolves round Sardar Azmoun. The main worldwide goalscorer within the squad has been out with a calf harm for the reason that begin of October. Rather than Azmoun, Carlos Queiroz could flip to the skilled Karim Ansarifard.

Iran Beginning 11 (4-1-4-1): Beiranvand; Moharrami, Kanani, Khalilzadeh, Hajsafi; Ezatolahi; Jahanbakhsh, Nourollahi, Amiri, Taremi; Ansarifard.
Bench: Niazmand, Abedzadeh, H Hosseini, Mohammadi, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, M Hosseini, Rezaeian, Jalali, Ghoddos, Torabi, Ghlozadeh, Karimi, Azmoun.

Earlier than rattling three previous Germany in September, England had gone 5 matches and not using a purpose from open play. Iran – particularly underneath Queiroz – are usually not a beneficial aspect to face whereas enduring scoring troubles. In 16 main worldwide match matches, Queiroz’s Iran have saved ten clear sheets.

Up in opposition to the highest-ranked Asian aspect (twentieth on the planet), England’s spluttering frontline could come underneath much more scrutiny in what could possibly be a troublesome begin to the World Cup.

Prediction: England 1-1 Iran

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