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Category: World Cup 2022

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England built around Bellingham can right the wrongs at 2022 World Cup | Nick Ames

Euro 2020 wounds are raw but Southgate’s young squad can, with the right changes to smooth the flaws, be a force in QatarEngland slipped from their horse at the last but, once they have cleared the grit from their eyes and stopped seeing stars, they ma…

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Migrant guards in Qatar ‘still paid under £1 an hour’ ahead of World Cup

Promises of better working conditions ring hollow for tens of thousands of security guards, who say they still work long hours for low payEvery day at 5pm, Samuel boards the company bus that takes him to his night shift as a guard at a luxury high-rise…

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New faces as Socceroos prepare for first matches since 2019

Australia’s World Cup qualifying campaign resumes after 550 daysSeven uncapped players called into Graham Arnold’s squadAustralia’s bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will finally resume next month when they take on Kuwait with several new …

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Fifa to bring in concussion spotters for Qatar World Cup

Spotters will be at a football World Cup for first timeFifa medical director: ‘It will make things a lot safer’Concussion spotters, whose job is to identify from the stands possible brain injuries, are to be introduced at the World Cup next year.Spotte…

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Gareth Southgate is not a risk-taker but he is ideal for this England team | Barney Ronay

Southgate has proven to be a master of managing expectation and criticism of his methods evokes memories of Alf RamseyWe. Want. Goals. It is easy to forget that when England won their only international trophy they did so against an early chorus of une…

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Southgate praises John Stones’ recovery to help England win after costly error

England manager says focus has been on eradicating mistakes‘The pleasing thing was John regained his composure quickly’Gareth Southgate praised John Stones for showing resilience after the centre-back recovered from a costly error and helped England to…

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North Macedonia inflict historic World Cup qualifying defeat on Germany

Germany suffer first home World Cup qualifying loss since 2001Spain see off Kosovo despite error from goalkeeper Unai SimónNorth Macedonia stunned Germany with a 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory in Duisburg, as Eljif Elmas’s 85th-minute winner earned t…

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Raheem Sterling shows his value to deliver spark in sluggish team display | Barney Ronay

Forward was England’s sole figure running with real purpose against Poland– but his game is still a little misunderstoodWith 58 minutes gone at Wembley, the score 1-0, and all sense of attacking pep drained from England’s fuel cells, an important life …

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Could a Norway boycott of the Qatar World Cup change the future of football? | Håvard Melnæs

Football fans are asking leaders of the game difficult questions, and it all started with a club north of the Arctic Circle“Tromsø IL thinks it is time for football to stop and take a few steps back. We should think about the purpose of football and wh…

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Ireland’s Stephen Kenny raises human rights concern before Qatar game

Manager adds his voice to protests in past weekKenny: ‘It’s not acceptable for so many people to lose their lives’Stephen Kenny has highlighted the issue of human rights in Qatar before the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against the World Cup hosts. Hi…

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San Marino need support, not derision from fans with delusions of grandeur | Barry Glendenning

Playing in a pre-qualifying league with fellow minnows would help them to improve and also benefit more established teamsBy no means the first football grandee to assert that playing international cannon fodder such as San Marino ought to be beneath th…

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Albania 0-2 England: player ratings for Gareth Southgate’s team

Harry Kane took his chance when it mattered while Declan Rice did his best to raise the tempo in a comfortable England winNick Pope Untroubled and will cherish a sixth clean sheet in six, but a couple of iffy moments with the ball at his feet. 6Kyle Wa…

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Republic of Ireland v Luxembourg, Serbia v Portugal: World Cup qualifying – live!

Goals, action and reaction on Saturday’s Qatar 2022 qualifiersEuro 2020 power rankings: breaking down the final 24 teamsAny comments? You can email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 7.02pm GMT “Hoping for a draw between Czech Republic and Belgium,” says Matt D…

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Republic of Ireland v Luxembourg, Serbia v Portugal: World Cup qualifying – live!

Goals, action and reaction on Saturday’s Qatar 2022 qualifiersEuro 2020 power rankings: breaking down the final 24 teamsAny comments? You can email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 7.02pm GMT “Hoping for a draw between Czech Republic and Belgium,” says Matt D…

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Germany players add support over human rights before Qatar World Cup

Joachim Löw backs team’s message before qualifying winFifa said it would not take action after initial Norway protestGermany’s players had made an important statement by displaying support for migrant workers building 2022 World Cup stadiums in Qatar o…

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Norway players protest Qatar human rights abuses before World Cup qualifier – video

Norway’s players took a stand against human rights violations in Qatar before their World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar, lining up with T-shirts which read: ‘Human rights – on and off the pitch’. There has been debate within Norway about whether the …

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Fifa takes no action over Norway protest as FA voices Qatar concerns

Norway players championed human rights in QatarFA sees ‘much more to be done’ over migrant workersNorway’s players will not be penalised by Fifa for championing human rights in Qatar. Confirmation emerged as the English Football Association indicated a…

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When it comes to the Qatar World Cup, look north to find a moral compass | Barry Glendenning

Norwegian clubs and players have taken a stand for migrant workers, but who is prepared to follow them? While we should expect no better from the ghouls at Fifa, it remains an enduring ignominy that over a decade after their decision to grant World Cup…

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Steve Clarke plots rare winning start for Scotland against Austria

Scotland start their 2022 World Cup qualifiers on ThursdayThey have won only three of their past 11 opening gamesThe ghosts of campaigns past mean Steve Clarke must urge Scotland to get off to a brisk start to World Cup qualifying when Austria visit Ha…

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Mason Mount starts thinking deeply about future England role

Chelsea player has started in central midfield for his country‘In the modern game you have to be ready to change’Mason Mount has said England have become more tactically flexible and the Chelsea midfielder believes he is capable of playing in a deeper …