The World Cup enters its second day as England kicks off its campaign against Iran Group B after hosts Qatar lost to Ecuador on Sunday.
Gareth Southgate’s side will be looking for three key points to start potentially tough games against the United States and Wales ahead.
However, Iran will be no minnows as they enter the World Cup ranked 20th in the world and have the opportunity to cause the Three Lions trouble.
FA chiefs are concerned about the prospect of captain Harry Kane being booked for wearing a OneLove armband at the World Cup
Players wearing One Love bracelets during the World Cup in Qatar can be booked ahead of kick-off
England has often started well in major tournaments under Gareth Southgate, beating Croatia at Euro 2020 and Tunisia at the last World Cup.
Iran has 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, where despite going out in the group stage they put up credible fights against Spain and Portugal.
With the collision fast approaching, Sports mail takes you through everything you need to know below.
When is England vs Iran?
England are rising early to kick off their World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday, November 21. The game kicks off at 1pm GMT, 8am EST for the US and 11pm for Australian Eastern Time.
Date: Monday Nov 21
Time: 1pm (UK time), 8am (US EST), 11pm (AUS EST)
Gareth Southgate hopes his England side can take three points to open the campaign
How to watch the match
The match between England and Iran will be broadcast live on BBC One for UK viewers. To stream the game you’ll need to head over to BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sport website. The game is free to watch for all UK TV licensed viewers.
Fans of the World Cup in the US can watch the game on Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports website with a valid login. Sling TV, Fubo.TV and Peacock will also be showing the game.
Australian fans can watch the game for free on SBS, including the live stream.
UK: BBC One and BBC iPlayer
U.S: Fox Sports, Sling TV, Fubo.TV and Peacock
Australia: SBS and SBS On Demand
The game will be broadcast live on the BBC and streamed on BBC iPlayer for viewers in the UK
Where will England vs Iran be played?
The game between England and Iran will take place at the Khalifa International Stadium, which is located in Al Rayyan, just west of Doha.
The Khalifa International Stadium has a capacity of about 45,000, spread over three levels. Built in 1976, the venue was initially renovated in 2005 and underwent another refurbishment between 2014 and 2017.
The stadium will host several group stage matches as well as a last-16 tie and third place playoff finish.
Place: Al Rayyan, Qatar
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
The Khalifa International Stadium will host the opening match of Group B of the World Cup
England vs Iran: Team News
Bukayo Saka will start ahead of Phil Foden with Southgate to name an attacking line-up for England’s opener.
In addition to the expected inclusion of Saka, the England boss is also poised to unleash wunderkind Jude Bellingham on the World Cup stage.
The England boss will remain loyal to Harry Maguire in central defense despite his problems at club level. John Stones is expected to play alongside Maguire.
Arsenal star Bukayo Saka (left) will start in England’s opening game in place of Phil Foden
Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw are hopeful of being selected at fullback, while Declan Rice and Mason Mount could take credit alongside Bellingham in midfield.
Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane should join Saka in England’s attack, while Jordan Pickford will play in goal.
Iran could pose a threat to England and will rely on Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi to lead them to a shock Group B win.
keepers: 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
Forward: James Maddison, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson, Marcus Rashford
Iranian attacker Sardar Azmoun is probably the biggest threat against England on Monday
keepers: 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
Forward: 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 an official game.
Group B matches
- England against Iran – Monday 21 Nov
- USA vs Wales – Monday 21 Nov
- Wales vs Iran – Friday 25 Nov
- England vs. USA – Friday 25 Nov
- Wales vs England – Tuesday 29 Nov
- Iran vs USA – Tuesday 29 Nov