England should face the most effective strikers in world soccer on their street to qualifying for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
The draw was made for the qualifying group phases on Monday afternoon, with matches set to be performed between March and November subsequent yr.
Gareth Southgate’s aspect have been drawn towards acquainted foe Poland, who rely Robert Lewandowski amongst their ranks.
Lewandowski has arguably been the perfect footballer on the planet in 2020, serving to Bayern Munich to the treble final season and a powerful favorite for the Ballon d’Or earlier than the choice was made to cancel it.
The Poles have confronted the Three Lions in qualifying for the 1974, 1990, 1994, 2006 and 2014 World Cups, in addition to taking up England within the finals in Mexico in 1986.
Southgate’s males have additionally been drawn towards Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino.
Wales face the world’s quantity one-ranked workforce, Belgium, in Group E alongside the Czech Republic, Belarus and Estonia.
Wales earned one in all their most well-known victories towards the Belgians once they beat them within the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.
Northern Eire have been drawn towards Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Lithuania whereas Scotland will play Denmark, Austria, Israel, the Faroe Islands and Moldova.
The Republic of Eire face reigning European champions Portugal, in addition to Serbia, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in Group A, whereas Northern Eire face a tricky group towards Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Lithuania.
The Republic confronted Portugal in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, however their most up-to-date match towards them was a 5-1 pleasant defeat simply earlier than the 2014 finals.
England and Scotland, in six-team teams, are set to play three qualifiers in March, three extra in September, two in October and two in November.
Nations League finalists Belgium, Italy, Spain and France have been positioned in five-team teams to allow them to finish that competitors subsequent October.
The 10 group winners qualify for the finals which will likely be performed in November and December 2022, to keep away from the summer season warmth in Qatar, with an extra three groups qualifying by way of the play-offs to be performed in March 2022.
The play-offs will likely be a 12-team match comprised of the 10 group runners-up plus the 2 highest-ranked groups from the Nations League who didn’t end within the high two of any group.
The 12 groups will likely be cut up into three paths, with the winner of every securing qualification.