When are the England World Cup 2022 games on? Group stage fixtures and TV channel information confirmed
Kick-off times and broadcast details for England’s World Cup group stage fixtures have now been confirmed.
Gareth Southgate’s men eased through the qualification process and secured their place in Qatar by winning eight and drawing two of their Group I games.
The England boss was in Doha on Friday afternoon as his side learnt their face when the draw for the finals took place.
The Three Lions will face 2010 group stage opponents USA, Iran and the winners of the final European play-off final between Wales and the victors in the semi-final tie between Scotland and Ukraine.
When will England’s opening group stage games take place?
England’s draw means they will now kick-off their bid for only a second ever World Cup on the opening day of the tournament.
The Group A opener between Senegal and the Netherlands will be the first game of the World Cup and that has been confirmed as a 10am (BST) kick-off on Monday 21st November.
England’s first ever meeting with Iran will follow with a 1pm kick-off.
The other Group B fixture takes place at 7pm on the same day as the USA take on either Scotland, Ukraine or Wales.
England’s second group stage game against the USA has been scheduled for Friday 25th November with a 7pm kick-off.
What about the potential Home Nations derby?
England could face a potential Home Nations derby with either Wales or Scotland if either of those two sides come through the play-offs.
Should that happen, the eagerly-anticipated clash would take place on Tuesday 29th November with a 7pm kick-off.
Where will games be broadcast in the UK?
The BBC and ITV will broadcast all World Cup fixtures once again.
It has been confirmed England’s meetings with Iran and Wales, Scotland or Ukraine will be broadcast live on BBC and ITV have selected the second group stage game against the USA.
It has also been confirmed ITV will have first and second picks in the last 16 and the first pick of the quarter-finals - meaning England will likely feature on there should they progress.
The BBC has confirmed they have first pick of the semi-finals.
What has been said about the live coverage?
“We are very excited about our selection of matches,” said Philip Bernie, BBC head of TV Sport.
“We have two England group games - their opening game with Iran then the enticing match against either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine - as well as the heavyweight clash between Spain and Germany, big games involving Brazil, Argentina, France and Belgium, and the first pick of the semi-finals.
“With extensive 24/7 coverage across BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, radio, online and social media, the World Cup promises to be a huge event to wrap up a major sporting year on the BBC.”
ITV Director of Sport, Niall Sloane said: “The World Cup is now in focus and we’re delighted to be able to bring viewers coverage of some of the standout games of the tournament across ITV channels and our new free streaming service ITVX, which launches this autumn.”
“We have picks one and two of the round of 16 and pick one of the quarter-finals. The ITV Sport team is now looking forward to bringing viewers the very best of the first winter World Cup.”
What is the full schedule and broadcast details for all group stage games?
21 November, 10am: Senegal v Netherlands - ITV
21 November, 1pm: England v Iran - BBC
21 November, 4pm: Qatar v Ecuador - BBC
21 November, 7pm: USA v Ukraine/Scotland/Wales - ITV
22 November, 10am: Argentina v Saudi Arabia - ITV
22 November, 1pm: Denmark v Tunisia - ITV
22 November, 4pm: Mexico v Poland - BBC
22 November, 7pm: France v UAE/Australia/Peru - BBC
23 November, 10am: Morocco v Croatia - ITV
23 November, 1pm: Germany v Japan - ITV
23 November, 4pm: Spain v Costa Rica/New Zealand - ITV
23 November, 7pm: Belgium v Canada - BBC
24 November, 10am: Switzerland v Cameroon - ITV
24 November, 1pm: Uruguay v South Korea - BBC
24 November, 4pm: Portugal v Ghana - ITV
24 November, 7pm: Brazil v Serbia - BBC
25 November, 10am: Ukraine/Scotland/Wales v Iran - BBC
25 November, 1pm: Qatar v Senegal - BBC
25 November, 4pm: Netherlands v Ecuador - ITV
25 November, 7pm: England v USA - ITV
26 November, 10am: Tunisia v UAE/Australia/Peru - BBC
26 November, 1pm: Poland v Saudi Arabia - ITV
26 November, 4pm: France v Denmark - ITV
26 November, 7pm: Argentina v Mexico - ITV
27 November, 10am: Japan v Costa Rica/New Zealand - ITV
27 November, 1pm: Belgium v Morocco - BBC
27 November, 4pm: Croatia v Canada - BBC
27 November, 7pm: Spain v Germany - BBC
28 November, 10am: Cameroon v Serbia - ITV
28 November, 1pm: South Korea v Ghana - BBC
28 November, 4pm: Brazil v Switzerland - ITV
28 November, 7pm: Portugal v Uruguay - ITV
29 November, 3pm: Ecuador v Senegal - ITV
29 November, 3pm: Netherlands v Qatar - ITV
29 November, 7pm: Iran v USA - BBC
29 November, 7pm: Ukraine/Scotland/Wales v England - BBC
30 November, 3pm: Tunisia v France - BBC
30 November, 3pm: UAE/Australia/Peru v Denmark - BBC
30 November, 7pm: Poland v Argentina - BBC
30 November, 7pm: Saudi Arabia v Mexico - BBC
1 December, 4pm: Canada v Morocco - BBC
1 December, 4pm: Croatia v Belgium - BBC
1 December, 7pm: Japan v Spain - ITV
1 December, 7pm: Costa Rica/New Zealand v Germany - ITV
2 December, 4pm: Ghana v Uruguay - BBC
2 December, 4pm: South Korea v Portugal - BBC
2 December, 7pm: Serbia v Switzerland - ITV
2 December, 7pm: Cameroon v Brazil - ITV