England and Wales will clash in their final group game tomorrow in a fixture which is crucial for both sides' hopes of qualification. Gareth Southgate says he is not afraid to shake-up England's misfiring attack – although Harry Kane is desperate to play as he eyes Wayne Rooney's all-time goalscoring record.
Luke Shaw has stoked the pre-match fires by claiming the Three Lions would never celebrate another team’s demise in the way Wales did at Euro 2016 – while his manager has insisted England team will not be outdone for passion ahead of the Battle of Britain.
England will top the group with a win, and will qualify for the knockout rounds unless they lose 4-0 or worse. But Wales' fate is not in their own hands – they need the USA and Iran to draw, and would then qualify with any win over England.
Kyle Walker is set for his first England start at this World Cup in defence as Southgate opts to shuffle his pack.
When is the match?
The match between England and Wales takes place at 7pm (GMT) on Tuesday, November 29 (10pm in Qatar and 2pm EST).
What TV channel is it on?
The match will be shown live on BBC One. You can also stream it on BBC iPlayer while Welsh broadcaster S4C, a free-to-air service across the UK, will also be showing the match, including via online player, S4C Clic.
What are the permutations going into the match?
England will be hoping to go far into the knockout stages, having made the semi-finals of the last World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.
The sides met in the group stages of Euro 2016, a match which England went on to win 2-1, requiring a 91st-minute winner from Daniel Sturridge. Gareth Bale got Wales's goal.
Wales must beat England in their final group game to have any hope of avoiding an early elimination, a fate already suffered by hosts Qatar just two games into their World Cup campaign.
What is the latest injury news?
Kyle Walker is in line to start his first England game at this World Cup against Wales, but it remains to be seen whether it will be in a back three or a back four.
Manager Gareth Southgate is expected to make minor changes to his team, with Jordan Henderson expected to come in, potentially at the expense of Jude Bellingham.
There could also be changes in attack with Marcus Rashford, who scored against Iran, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish all pushing for starts.
But, as reported by Telegraph Sport, captain Harry Kane does not want a rest as he chases Wayne Rooney’s England goalscoring record at the World Cup, with the current captain just two goals behind the all-time record of 53.
James Maddison is now fit for selection after returning to training at the weekend, although he is not expected to start against Wales, while defender Ben White missed training on Monday through illness.
Where does the match take place?
The game will be played in the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (also known as the Al-Rayyan Stadium) in Al-Rayyan. The 40,000 seater ground was inaugurated on 18 December 2020 when it hosted the Amir Cup final, and is the home of Al Rayyan Sports Club.
It is the host location for all three of Wales's group stage matches, which could give Robert Page's men a slight advantage through familiarity.
England and Wales have played each other 103 times – the first fixture taking place in 1879, and the most recent in 2020.
England have won 68, drawn 21 and lost just 14. You have to go back to 1984 for Wales's last victory against England. The Three Lions have won the last six encounters.
What are England saying?
Kieran Trippier will hope to draw on his experience of winning La Liga when he steps onto the pitch at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. The England full-back is likely to be marking Gareth Bale, his neighbour in Madrid when he won the title in Spain.
Trippier, 32, became part of a select group of British players to finish top of the table with Atlético Madrid during the time Bale was coming towards the end of his trophy-laden spell at Real Madrid, with both living in the La Finca district popular with footballers.
They will face each other when England will look for a point to seal a place in the World Cup knockout stages, while Wales need victory to stay in the competition.
“I didn't play with him but obviously I lived not far from him, literally behind me in Madrid,” Trippier said. “I spent a lot of time with him, a world-class player, I think the records speak for themselves with Gareth. But we know it's going to be a battle we need to be mentally ready, physically ready for that next game.”
Trippier insisted England should not panic after their goalless draw against USA on Friday evening, where they struggled to create chances and missed the chance to seal qualification to the next stage from Group B. The Newcastle United full-back says he can understand the frustration of fans, who jeered the team off at the final whistle.
“I didn't hear the booing but of course the fans want to see goals and to win matches but all I can say to that is that the commitment from the boys is there, we give 100 per cent in every single game so yes, of course we understand the frustration because we didn't win the game but we gave everything, a point is a good result,” he said.
What are Wales saying?
Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, so often the architects of Wales' successes down the years, were both disappointing in their 2-0 defeat to Iran and they now need a victory over England on Tuesday to have any hope of reaching the knockout stages.
Head coach Rob Page even appeared to refer to the England game as Wales' "final" match of the tournament, underlining how difficult the road ahead is for the Dragons from here.
"This is a hard one to take," Page said. "I've said to them before every game: 'Go and show the world what you show us every day,' and that is not a true reflection of that team.
"They got their true rewards today, they deserved that defeat. We fell well below the standards that got us to the World Cup, if we'd met those standards we'd have been alright. And if you do that in top competitions, you get punished."
Asked about the England game, Page said: "We want to finish the competition on a high. It's out of our hands for going through, but we want to finish with a good performance and a win.
"We're low at the moment, but we'll get them back up tomorrow for a tough game to finish with."
England to win 4/9
Wales to win 13/2