England have been handed a favourable draw in the 2022 World Cup group stage and could be joined by Wales or Scotland should either home nation qualify for the tournament in Qatar.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions were drawn in Group B during the ceremony at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center on Friday afternoon, with the group stage set to get underway in November in what is the first ever winter World Cup.
England will be joined by Iran, the USA and either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine – with one of the latter two set to contest a delayed playoff final against the Welsh in the summer.
Elsewhere, there will not the traditional ‘group of death’ at the 2022 World Cup, although Spain and Germany both find themselves in Group E alongside Japan and the winner of the intercontinental playoff between New Zealand and Costa Rica.
Brazil find themselves in a finely-poised pool with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon, while Argentina will face tough tests against Mexico and Poland in Group C, as do Portugal in Group H where they are joined by Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
Holders France will be tested by Euro 2020 semi-finalists, as well as Tunisia and the winner of the playoff between Australia, UAE or Peru.
Hosts Qatar may fancy their chances of making it out of their group after seeing the Netherlands, Senegal and Ecuador follow them out of the hat.