England secure qualification for Qatar 2022

England have made it through the qualifiers to make it to the group stage of the 2022 World Cup. Read about their journey so far.

Paige Rutter
29th November 2021
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With the sound of Sweet Caroline still circling from the summer, Gareth Southgate’s squad have provided another tournament for fans to look forward to. 

England have secured their place at the Qatar World Cup, after topping Group I's table in the 2022 qualifiersThey were placed into Group I, meaning they faced teams including Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino. 

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Qualifying matches kicked off in March 2021, with England taking a lead over their first three opponents before making history at the Euros. Goals from the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, provided England with their place at top of the table. 

After the events of the summer, England were back and prepared to make sure they had their qualification sealed with an upcoming seven matches. The squad led with comfortable leads in matches against Hungary and Andorra before dropping points in the away match to Poland. The match ended after Poland struck back with a late equaliser from Szymański, resulting in a draw ending 1-1. 

After lifting the spirits with a 5-0 victory over Andorra, England faced another challenge in their second clash with Hungary. With a controversial high foot from left-back Luke shaw, Hungary was awarded a penalty. This opened the score sheet, resulting in striker Sallai putting his national team ahead. It took thirteen minutes for England to find their equaliser, coming from Manchester City defender John Stones. 

With the dropping of points, this meant that closest rivals Poland were slowly catching up. England needed to make sure that they picked up the required four points from the next two matches in order to automatically qualify. 

10-0 victory over San Marino!

The next two matches weren’t in doubt with comfortable wins being secured, including a 10-0 victory over San Marino! Two hat tricks from captain Harry Kane, meant that the Tottenham striker is now level with Gary Lineker in the list of all-time England goal scorers - with 48 goals.  

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These wins secured England’s place at the Qatar World Cup and top of the table, with 26 points. 

Other teams who have automatically qualified include Belgium, Germany and France, while the likes of the current European Champions Italy and Portugal have failed to secure their automatic qualification resulting in them needing to fight for their place in the play-off matches.

What you need to know about the play-off matches:

On November 26th 2021, the runners-up of each group (twelve in total) will be drawn into three play-off paths for one-off semi-finals on March 24th and finals on March 29th, 2022. The three path winners will qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

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