England v Iran: Three Lions to begin quest for World Cup glory in Doha – how to follow

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England will get their World Cup campaign up and running against Iran on the second day of the showpiece tournament on Monday.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions have been superb at their last two major competitions and will be looking to go far in Qatar this winter.

England will face Iran in their World Cup opener

England will face Iran in their World Cup opener

But they’ll have to get to grips with all the oddities and complications that the 2022 World Cup has thrown up.

First, England will meet Iran in their Group B opener in Doha.

Carlos Queiroz’s ‘Team Melli’ topped their qualification group ahead of South Korea and will be no pushover in a tricky-looking opener for the Three Lions.

It’s been 56 years since England won their only World Cup crown to date and Southgate will be eager to change that having gone close in Russia in 2018.

But the England boss will also know he’s under pressure to perform in what could be his last competition at the helm.

talkSPORT will be in Qatar to bring you all the action as England look to get up and running with a win.

We’ll have all 64 World Cup games live this winter so you won’t miss a second of the feast of football.

England v Iran: talkSPORT coverage

This World Cup Group B tie will get underway at 1pm UK time on Monday, November 21.

The game will be held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar’s capital Doha.

The action will be live on talkSPORT from midday and we will also have a special pre-match preview show and plenty of analysis after full-time.

Adrian Durham will be your host and commentary will come from Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Stuart Pearce.

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talkSPORT will be offering wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup

We’ll be broadcasting all 64 games in the tournament live, with over 600 hours of coverage across our network.

You can tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at

talkSPORT is widely available across the UK via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

You can also download the talkSPORT app, or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT.

Southgate’s England will be eyeing glory in Qatar


Southgate’s England will be eyeing glory in Qatar

England v Iran: Squads and team news

Kyle Walker will miss this tie as he continues his recovery from a groin injury. He should be fit for England’s second group game against the USA.

James Maddison remains a doubt as the Three Lions continue to monitor his knee issue.

England squad

  • Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale
  • Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker Ben White
  • Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Conor Gallagher
  • Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson, James Maddison

Iran squad

  • Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand, Hossein Hosseini, Payam Niazmand, Amir Abedzadeh.
  • Defenders: Ramin Rezaeian, Abolfazl Jalali, Hossein Kananizadegan, Shoja Khalilzadeh, Mortza Pouraliganji, Majid Hosseini,  Sadegh Moharrami, Milad Mohammadi, Ehsan Hajisafi
  • Midfielders: Saeid Ezatolahi, Ahmad Nourollahi, Ali Karimi, Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Vahid Amiri, Mehdi Torabi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Ali Gholizadeh, Saman Ghoddos
  • Forwards: Sardar Azmoun, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi

England v Iran: Match stats

Full match stats will follow closer to the tournament.

talkSPORT will bring you all the latest stats and facts for each match in the competition so you can be fully prepared for each and every clash.

Watch the World Cup with talkSPORT

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At talkSPORT we are powered by fans, so come and join us for the ultimate World Cup fan experience this winter – at the talkSPORT Fan Zone.

In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game.

There will be Q&As with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live broadcasts, and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer too.

Come and enjoy the best World Cup fan experience in London – and enjoy a pint on us – with tickets for England and Wales’ group stage games on sale now HERE!

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