Sports correspondent RobHarris looks ahead to tonight's final Group B FIFAWorldCup matches - England v Wales and Iran v USA ⚽ What can we expect? 👇 Follow live updates:
England take on Wales in a final group game at 7pm as both sides aim to reach the World Cup knockout stages; Jordan Henderson, Phil Foden and Kyle Walker are expected to come in for England; Gareth Bale says a 'shock' could happen.
Today's games: Ecuador 0-1 Senegal (now); Netherlands 2-0 Qatar (now); Iran v USA 7pm; Wales v England 7pm 14:46:15 Ecuador 1-2 Senegal and Netherlands 2-0 Qatar - live match updates The blog you are reading is a news blog - if you want live match updates on Ecuador v Senegal and Netherlands v Qatar , visit the Sky Sports blogs here.England will go through with a draw.28 November, 2022 How does Group B look? England’s 6-2 win over Iran and subsequent 0-0 draw with the USA means they top Group B as things stand with four points, while Iran are second with three, the USA are third with two, and Wales are in fourth with their solitary point.| FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 NationalWorld Team | an hour ago Live from 11am: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - England v Wales build-up The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 group stages are reaching their conclusion.
.16:10:43 Neymar to miss Brazil's last group game Brazil's Neymar will miss his team's last group game at the World Cup because of his right ankle injury, the team doctor confirmed today.Follow all the updates in our live blog here Happening Now.Neymar, who damaged ligaments in his ankle during Brazil's opening match against Serbia, was unable to join his team during yesterday's game against Switzerland, when Brazil won 1-0, as he is suffering with a fever.If they draw or lose, they are going home.The footballer, who watched the game from his hotel room, later tweeted that fellow teammate Casemiro had sealed the team's spot in the final 16.Speaking today, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said the Brazil forward would not be able to face Cameroon in the Group G game on Friday.Up Next.
Mr Lasmar did not give a timetable on Neymar's return, and did not say if the player would return at all.However, if either Iran or the USA win in their clash, Wales’ task becomes more difficult.However, he did say the footballer's fever"was under control" and would not affect his ankle treatment.15:51:43 Rashford, Foden and Henderson expected to start Further to reports we brought you here earlier, Sky Sports has confirmed that Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford and Jordan Henderson are expected to start for England tonight.Kyle Walker, meanwhile, is expected to come in at left back.England’s impressive goal difference means that Wales would need to win by at least four goals to go through in that scenario.While there have been reports that right-footed Kieran Trippier could be preferred to Luke Shaw at left-back, this would be a surprise given the consensus about the two players' respective performances in the tournament tonight.
Assuming Shaw does keep his place, the England team is expected to line up as follows: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Henderson, Bellingham, Foden, Rashford, Kane.15:29:04 King Charles just wants 'good game of football' during England v Wales match King Charles just wants a"good game of football" from England's World Cup clash against Wales, former Manchester City player Gary Bennett has said.Wales have used their regular 3-5-2 system in both matches so far, but after one draw and one defeat, Page could potentially be tempted to switch to a 4-3-3.After collecting his MBE at Windsor Castle today for his work with educational charity Show Racism The Red Card, Bennett said he asked the king who he would be supporting in the highly anticipated clash.The former Sunderland player said:"I was able to have a three or four-minute chat with him so that was fantastic, around football and especially tonight with the England vs Wales game, it sort of put him on the spot."I did ask who he's going to support really in the game between England and Wales, I think he just wanted a good game of football.Williams; Bale, Moore (3-5-2) Ward; Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, B.
" Unlike son William, the King is not thought to be an avid football fan - but once claimed he supported Burnley.Sharing his own thoughts on the match, Bennett said it would be a"difficult game for Wales on paper" but said they could get lucky on the night.However, he said:"If they do get it right, then England should win." Tennis star Emma Raducanu also collected an MBE at the investiture ceremony today.15:11:01 Security tight for US-Iran match - as Iran fans say they don't feel safe in Qatar Longtime adversaries the USA and Iran face off on the pitch tonight in a match that some Iranians fear may see further run-ins with stadium security or clashes with pro-government fans over protests back home.
Security will be stepped up for the contest between two nations that severed ties over 40 years ago, to prevent a flare-up of tensions over the unrest that has gripped Iran since the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September.In a show of solidarity ahead of the match, the US Soccer Federation temporarily displayed Iran's national flag without the emblem of the Islamic Republic, leading Tehran to complain to FIFA.Qatar, which has strong ties with Washington and friendly relations with Tehran, has staked its reputation on delivering a smooth World Cup, beefing up security at Iran games and banning some items deemed inflammatory - like Iran's pre-Revolution flag.US-Iranian tensions have worsened since 2018 when Donald Trump abandoned Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers - an agreement Joe Biden's administration has tried but so far failed to revive.US secretary of state Antony Blinken, speaking in Romania, played down any link between the match and political tensions and said he hoped the game would"speak for itself", adding that he would be watching and cheering on his country.
Security staff at Iran's match against Wales on Friday broke"up a small number of altercations" between Iranian fans outside the stadium, a Qatari official said, adding the incidents were handled"swiftly" to contain tensions."I will not attend the game on Tuesday since I do not feel safe in Qatar," said Iranian-Canadian Azi, who declined to give her last name and was wearing a T-shirt declaring"Women, Life, Freedom" - a slogan of the anti-government protests in Iran."Qatar is conducting the same censorship system as what is going on in Iran...
Also FIFA is to take the blame," she said of being stopped by stadium security for her attire.Hila Yadegar, 37, planned to be at the match to show support for protesters even though she and her husband were both briefly held by stadium guards at the Iran-Wales match and despite voicing similar unease over security in Qatar."I put a chair behind our room in the hotel even though it was locked," she said.14:58:04 Fans gather inside Qatar stadiums Football fans have been gathering inside the Khalifa International Stadium and the Al Bayt Stadium as Ecuador prepare to play Senegal and the Netherlands face Qatar.The Netherlands are the favourites to top Group A ahead of their game with the host country.
Ecuador against Senegal could therefore be a play-off to decide who else goes through.England and Wales fans will be keeping an eye on these results - as these are the teams they could face in the next round.14:38:21 'I am free': Pitch invader who interrupted World Cup match says he wanted to send 'important message' A pitch invader who disrupted a World Cup group-stage match between Portugal and Uruguay has said he wanted to send an"important message" to officials.During the Group H match last night, activist Mario Ferri ran onto the pitch at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar wearing a Superman T-shirt bearing the words"Save Ukraine" on the front and"Respect for Iranian woman" on the back.Earlier today, Qatar's Supreme Committee confirmed in a statement that Mr Ferri was released"shortly after being removed from the pitch" and said his Hayya card - an identity card - had been cancelled.
Following the announcement, Mr Ferri, who is described in his Instagram bio as a footballer and influencer, told his followers on Instagram:"I am free." "I will call it 'the last dance', my last run on a playing field.I wanted to send important messages for me that have lived on my skin in the past months," an online translation of Mr Ferri's post reads.Mr Ferri went on to share messages regarding the plight of Iranian women, the controversial attitude at Qatar 2022 towards LGBTQ+ support, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine He added:"Thanks for all the messages of love coming to me from the world, Iran and Ukraine."Breaking the rules if you do it for a good cause is never a crime.
" Mr Ferri appears to have carried out other activism work in the past and his Instagram page contains multiple posts from Ukraine earlier this year.14:21:00 Cameroon goalkeeper says 'there has been no will on the other side' after leaving World Cup following row with manager As we reported yesterday, Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana has been dropped from the country's squad for disciplinary reasons - and he is now heading home.A photo posted by a Cameroonian journalist on social media showed the Inter Milan goalkeeper at the airport on Tuesday.Onana's exit follows a dispute with Cameroon coach Rigobert Song over team tactics - reportedly he was asked to play more long balls.He was dropped for Monday's 3-3 draw with Serbia after having played in Cameroon's opening game at the World Cup, a 1-0 loss to Switzerland.
As he travels home, we have heard the player's side in a statement..."I have put all my efforts and energy into finding solutions to a situation that a footballer often experiences, but there has been no will on the other side."Some moments are difficult to assimilate.
" "I always behaved in a way to lead the team to success in a good manner," he added."I extend all my strength to my teammates because we demonstrated that we are capable of going very far in this competition." Song had left open the possibility of Onana returning to the team but said for that to happen"he's going to have to agree to respect the rules to perhaps come into the squad." Song said after the Serbia game:"If you can't fit in with what's required to be part of a squad then I do think that you need to step up to the plate and accept responsibility for that because the team, the squad, is more important than the interests of any individual." 13:51:32 Leaked England line-up reveals two major changes to forward line - report With a little more than five hours left until England kick off their final Group B match against Wales, reports have begun to emerge around Gareth Southgate's likely starting XI.
According to at least one of those reports, Manchester City player Phil Foden will return to the team.Marcus Rashford, meanwhile, is rumoured to be in line to make his first start of the tournament.Elsewhere in the side, Jude Bellingham is expected to retain his place despite a lacklustre performance against the US - with Jordan Henderson and Kyle Walker also coming in.The changes are said to mean Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka will miss out.13:36:15 'Time traveller' predicts World Cup final result - but prophecy is conveniently in line with betting odds Over a decade ago Paul the Octopus went viral when he correctly"predicted" the results of matches in the 2010 World Cup.
And in recent years the tournament has seen the emergence of more animals - from pandas to guinea pigs - predicting the winners.Now, a TikTok user claiming to be a time traveller (as indeed we all are, albeit at a speed of one second per second) has insisted they know the results of the World Cup final, which is set take place on 18 December.The anonymous individual, known by the username @wordlcuptimetraveller, has been sharing television footage of scenes apparently showing matches which they claim have taken in the future.However, the prophesied scenes will not be one England will be happy to hear, as the mysterious social media user claimed Brazil would beat France 2-1.Following the scenes, which have gathered almost two million likes, football fans may notice that the predictions are conveniently in line with the odds the bookmakers have for the tournament.
According to bet365, Brazil are the favourites to lift the trophy, with odds of 5/2.They are followed by France, who also won their opening two games, with odds of 11/2.Spain are next in line, with odds of 13/2.Some viewers also pointed out that the clip of Brazilian fans celebrating was taken after Richarlison scored a goal during the team's opening match with Serbia last week.Due to your consent preferences, you’re not able to view this.
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'Woke' Royal Mail bosses ban staff from flying England or Wales flags during World Cup'Woke' Royal Mail bosses have banned postal workers from flying England or Wales flags during the World Cup due to health and safety. How about pride flags? I dare ya! If it's for safety (especially given the article picture has one of those dangerous 'stick out of your car' things) then what, exactly doesn't that have to do with 'woke'? I'm going to assume 'nothing'. Come on. You're better than this. Be lucky if you could get the windows down on the knackered vans to put them in anyway!
England and Wales fans could miss vital World Cup group game as Hayya visa shambles continuesEngland and Wales supporters are struggling to sort the necessary Hayya card visa documentation before the teams clash in their final World Cup group game on Tuesday