Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

important events

Harry Maguire got approval despite being a substitute for Manchester United these days. Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling is preferred to Phil Foden at the front. A positive 4-3-3.

'I know, I can't believe it either'.
‘I know, I can’t believe it either’. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Teams

England: Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Bellingham, Mount, Saka, Kane, Sterling.

Iranian: Beiranvand, Moharrami, Hajsafi, Mohammadi, Jahanbakhsh, Pouraliganji, Taremi, Cheshmi, Karimi, Hosseini, Nourollahi.

Fifa a shower (pt XXXVIII in an ongoing series). Unfortunately, not all associations could stand it.

preface

Let’s get ready for the big game by going through our cognitive dissonance drills. Is everyone ready? Here we go then. To cover is not to turn a blind eye; watching, listening and reading does not imply approval; Feeling the throes of that Old World Cup Fever doesn’t force anyone to feel guilty or ashamed. This is a burden Fifa has to bear: enjoy football and don’t let a scrap of their terrible karmic burdens fall on you.

But of course, enjoyment in football is a very vague concept, especially when watching your team try their best at a World Cup. And just in time, here comes England! Gareth Southgate’s team finished fourth in 2018 and were away from being European champions on penalties last year. On the other hand, they failed to win in a six-game streak that included the biggest home defeats of 94 years. So either they are about to take the final step towards victory or they are about to signal the end of a golden age that promises good things and almost fulfills some.

Them should Being too good for Iran. But then everyone said the same thing about Scotland in 1978 and the USA twenty years later. Iran has given a match to Argentina, Spain and Portugal in the last two World Cups. More importantly, the 2022 version of Carlos Queiroz recently beat hipster-black-horses Uruguay and African champions Senegal. They’re not too accepting, so given England’s recent net-finding pains plus the Three Lions’ slow start to World Cups, Iran could take the chance to open Group B with a surprise. The start is at 13:00 GMT, 16:00 at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. انه يحدث! Starting!