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Wales vs England: 2022 World Cup, Group Stage Match Preview, and Dream11 Predictions

Wales vs England will face off at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium on Tuesday in their final group game at this World Cup.

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Wales vs England will face off at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium on Tuesday in their final group game at this World Cup, with both sides keen to end on the strongest note possible.

Match Details:

  • Location: Al Rayyan, Qatar
  • Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
  • Date: Tuesday 30 November
  • Kick-off Time: 12:30 AM IST
  • Watch: Sports 18/HD, Jio Cinema App

Wales vs England: Match Preview:

Marcus Rashford shrugged off the suggestion England are too conservative under Gareth Southgate as he insisted they have a killer instinct.

England drew 0-0 with the United States on Friday, in a World Cup match that saw both teams only accumulate a combined 1.4 expected goals (xG).

The draw leaves England – 6-2 victors over Iran in their opening match – on four points at the top of Group B, meaning they only need to avoid defeat against neighbours Wales on Tuesday to guarantee qualification.

A win would confirm their place as group winners, but manager Southgate has been criticised in some quarters for his pragmatic approach.

Yet with England having reached a World Cup semi-final in 2018 and a final at the delayed Euro 2020 last year, Rashford does not believe the critics' point stands up to scrutiny.

"We've shown progression, I can only speak on the time that I've been here, from 2016," Rashford said in a press conference.

"You look at the performance against Iceland when we got knocked out of the Euros, it's a million miles off where we are now, you can't even compare them.

"We have great players, playing top football against the best opposition week in and week out, so we can't go into games and think negatively. It's not something the players do or the manager does. He always wants us to show people what we can do.

"We play positive football, it showed against Iran, scoring six goals. They're a top-20 team in the world. We've seen the smaller nations get massive upsets in the tournament.

"So scoring those goals, it's a big sign of what we're about. If we can kill a team off, we'd want to do that."

The onus will not be wholly on England at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, with Wales needing a win to keep their qualification hopes alive.

After drawing their first game against the United States, Wales lost 2-0 to Iran last time out, meaning they must topple England to stand a chance of progressing from the group, and even a win might not be enough.

"Of course we can , we have shown time and time again when you write us off we will prove people wrong," said Wales defender Chris Mepham.

"The picture is clear now: we have to beat England and be prepping for that. Hopefully we can be in a position where we give a good account of ourselves and see where it takes us."

Team News:

Wales:

Wales will be without first-choice goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey after the 35-year-old picked up a straight red in his side's defeat against Iran.

Midfield lynchpin Joe Allen could be fit to start against England, having made his return from injury as a substitute in that 2-0 defeat.

England:

Once again, England fans face a nervous wait to see if Harry Kane will be fit to face Wales.

The England captain was photographed with his ankle bandaged up following the draw against the USA, having previously picked up a knock there against Iran.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Gareth Southgate's side, however, and the only other debate is whether the manager opts to rotate the side following their stodgy performance in their second game.

Wales vs England: Head to Head:

  • Wales: 14 wins
  • England: 68 wins
  • Draws: 21

Predicted Line-ups:

Wales Starting 11 (3-5-2): Ward; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Allen, Ampadu, Wilson, Williams; Bale, Moore.

Bench: Davies, Gunter, Lockyer, Cabango, Ramsey, Morrell, Williams, Thomas, Levitt, Colwill, Smith, Johnson, Harris, James.

England Starting 11 (4-3-3): Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Bellingham, Foden; Saka, Kane, Rashford.

Bench: Pope, Ramsdale, Walker, Alexander-Arnold, Dier, Coady, White, Henderson, Philips, Mount, Gallagher, Grealish, Sterling, Wilson, Maddison.

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