World Cup 2022 table: Group stage standings and England’s route to the final

Lionel Messi/World Cup 2022 table: Group stage standings and England’s route to the final - AFP
Lionel Messi/World Cup 2022 table: Group stage standings and England’s route to the final - AFP

Will England and Gareth Southgate end 56 years of hurt at the Qatar 2022 World Cup? Will Brazil live up to their favourites tag and lift the trophy? Or will a dark horse emerge triumphant?

The long-awaited tournament kicked off on November 20 with the host nation losing to Ecuador in Group A... and becoming the first team knocked out of their own tournament a few days later. In total there are 64 games taking place during a feast of football that runs until December 18.

You can pick your most likely winner with The Telegraph's World Cup predictor. Select which of the teams you think will finish first, second and third place in each group. Then choose the winner of each knockout round to find out who will be crowned your World Cup champions.

There's also the small matter of the race for the Golden Boot. See the latest standings in that competition in our at-a-glance guide to the 2022 World Cup in numbers.

What are the final group standings?

Which group were England and Wales in?

England and Wales were both drawn in Group B.

The Three Lions started with a 6-2 win over Iran while Wales drew 1-1 with the USA. Wales lost their second game to Iran before Gareth Southgate's side drew 0-0 with the USA.

That set up a crucial final-game clash between the two home nations, which the Three Lions dominated to top the group and send Wales packing from their first World Cup in 64 years at the group stage.

What are the other teams to keep an eye on?

Other leading teams include reigning champions France, who have won Group D, and who England could meet in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, Japan and Spain qualified from Group E, while Portugal and South Korea emerged from Group H.

Brazil, the five-time champions, have progressed from Group G as group winners, with Switzerland finishing as runners-up.

Fellow South Americans Argentina were also tipped to go far in this year’s tournament, but were stunned by Saudi Arabia in their opening game in one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history before battling through to eventually finish as Group C winners.

What is the World Cup 2022 schedule?

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After winning Group B, the Three Lions will face Group A runners-up Senegal in the first knockout round.


England's potential quarter-final is at 7pm on Saturday, December 10. It would be against either France, who won Group D, or Poland, who were runners up in Group C.

There are two quarter-finals on the day before, at 3pm and 7pm, and another at 3pm on the Saturday.


If England reach the semi-finals, they could meet either Spain or Portugal. The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14. England would be playing on the latter date.


The World Cup final will take place on Sunday, December 18 at 3pm at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. If England are in the final, they could be pitted against Argentina or Brazil.