ENGLAND are going to the Qatar 2022 World Cup in style after thrashing San Marino 10-0 in their final qualifier.
Harry Kane enjoyed a memorable night in San Marino[/caption]
Harry Maguire celebrates scoring England’s opening goal against San Marino[/caption]
But can England go on to win the trophy in a year’s time… for the first time since 1966?
Captain Kane will lead the Three Lions out in the Gulf next November aiming to go one better than at Euro 2020, where they lost the final to Italy on penalties.
After the majority of qualifiers were confirmed for Qatar, here’s everything you need to know about the greatest show on earth.
WHEN AND WHERE IS THE WORLD CUP?
The Fifa World Cup in 2022 is being hosted by Qatar.
The tournament kicks off on November 21, 2022 with the final on December 18 – just a week before Christmas.
The oil-rich state is spending around £140BILLLION on air-conditioned stadiums, hi-tech training facilities and state-of-the-art transport networks.
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Qatar is so tiny all eight stadiums are within the space of 41 miles, the distance between Crystal Palace and Luton’s football grounds.
Seven of the eight grounds are accessible in just 50 minutes or so by Doha’s new £26billion Metro system.
FIRST WINTER WORLD CUP
For the first time ever, the World Cup will not take place over the summer.
But the controversial 2022 World Cup in Qatar is set to wreak havoc to the Premier League schedule.
England’s top-flight will break for SEVEN weeks while the tournament goes on.
The Prem will then resume just a week later on Boxing Day 2022.
It comes 16 Match Days into the season – three before the halfway stage of the 38 game campaign.
With the World Cup lasting 28 days, the last 16 round of the Carabao Cup will take place in the midweek before Christmas, and the December 26 fixtures will see the resumption of Prem activity during the festive period.
That’s after breaking following the conclusion of games on the weekend of November 12-13.
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Brazil are the favourites to lift the 2022 World Cup[/caption]
Kylian Mbappe and France are also heavily fancied to retain the trophy[/caption]
BOOKIES FAVOURITES AND RIVALS
Footy fans were treated to two thrilling international tournaments over the past summer with the Euros and the Copa America.
England suffered a painful defeat against Italy on penalties at Wembley at Euro 2020 while Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final.
Following the two tournaments, Sky Bet were offering Brazil as favourites at 11/2 to win the World Cup in Qatar.
France were next in the running as second favourites at 6/1 as they will enter the tournament as the defending champions.
England are right up there as well at 7/1 after building on their semi-final finish at the 2018 World Cup as they were runners up at Euro 2020.
Emile Smith Rowe is the latest youngster to break into the Three Lions first-team[/caption]
HOW ENGLAND COULD LINE-UP
Despite failing to get their hands on the Euro 2020 trophy, the future is certainly looking bright for Gareth Southgate’s men.
The England chief has confirmed he will stay on as manager for Qatar.
And with such a talented young group of players at his disposal, Southgate will hope that next year they’ll be even more dangerous.
Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe is the latest youngster to break through into his squad to join a host of other starlets ready to dazzle.
Take a look here at five potential ways Southgate could line England up in Qatar.
HOW TO WATCH IT OR BE THERE
The World Cup matches will all be broadcast on terrestrial TV but if you want to be there then here is how to buy tickets for Qatar 2022.
You can get tickets through the Fifa.com website.
But tickets have not yet been made available for general sale with Fifa issuing a notice saying information ‘will be available in due course’.
Another way to give yourself a better chance of getting tickets for England matches at the World Cup is to join the England Supporters Club.
Needless to say, Fifa has been tight-lipped about how ticketing will work for the tournament across the eight stadia until now.
It is likely that ticket buyers will have to create an online profile that tickets will be associated with to prevent touting.
HOW MUCH WILL TICKETS COST?
It is likely tickets for Qatar will be the most expensive ever, because each World Cup has been more expensive than the last.
The most affordable tickets for the 2018 World Cup were £80, with the most steep ‘category one tickets’ around £840.
Expect those prices to go up when the ticket values are announced.
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