2022 World Cup in Qatar: When can England qualify? | Football News
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England cannot qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar even if they beat Hungary at Wembley and second-placed Albania lose at home to Poland on Tuesday evening.
And that is because Gareth Southgate’s still need two more wins to guarantee their place at Qatar 2022 following Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Andorra.
England are currently four points clear of second-placed Albania at the top of Group I after seven matches, with just three fixtures left to play.
The Three Lions then finish their qualifying campaign by entertaining Albania on November 12 when three points would see them claim top spot in the group, before travelling to bottom-of-the-table San Marino three days later.
However, with only top spot meaning qualification, there is still little margin for error – particularly given that reaching Qatar with a second-place finish is not straightforward.
The 10 runners-up from the group stage will join two group winners from last season’s Nations League in a mini-tournament in March that will see only three more teams qualify.
England could still find themselves involved in that scrap if they were to lose to Hungary and Albania keep winning, although they are hot favourites to complete the task now.
England’s remaining fixtures
Oct 12 – Hungary (h)
Nov 12 – Albania (h)
Nov 15 – San Marino (a)
The 2022 World Cup is taking place in Qatar in the winter months rather than the usual summer ones, due to the heat.
The tournament kicks off on Monday November 21 at the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor with a match that will feature the host country.
The final will be played at the Lusail Stadium in Doha a week before Christmas on Sunday December 18.
The tournament will feature 32 teams in eight groups of four.
Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which will run over a 12-day period and see winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16.
Matches will only be assigned to particular venues after the finals draw, so organisers can choose optimal kick-off times to suit television audiences in different countries, as well as supporters out in Qatar.
The finals draw is scheduled to take place in April 2022, after the March window for international fixtures.
Unlike at Euro 2020, there will be a third-place play-off game on December 17.
Group stage: November 21- December 2
Round of 16: December 3-6
Quarter-finals: December 9/10
Semi-finals: December 13/14
Final: December 18
Follow England vs Hungary on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm) with our live blog, and watch free match highlights on the Sky Sports website and app, as well as the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel