Can a British Team Win the 2022 World Cup?
It’s just over a year until the start of the 2022 World Cup. Will it see a British winner though, ending 56 years since the last one?
So far, only England have qualified for the finals with Northern Ireland eliminated. Wales and Scotland both have playoff games next March. If any British side is going to win the World Cup, then England have the best chance.
The past four years have seen them reach the semi-finals of the World Cup and Nations League and be beaten in the final at Euro 2020. Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract that takes him up to 2024 and that continuity will be a great asset for England.
England Can Go Deep
Not since 1966 have England won the World Cup. That was their only triumph and one achieved on home soil. There have been many disappointments since that win, even songs have been written about their long run without a title.
England eventually finished fourth at the 2018 World Cup. That was the first time they’d made it past the quarter finals since 1990. It was admittingly a favourable draw that helped them and they have made good progress since then.
They are up to fourth in the FIFA World Rankings list. It’s very likely that they will be seeded for the group stages at the 2022 World Cup. They have an experienced squad now and players that know what it’s like to go deep into a tournament.
Players such as Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire form the backbone of the squad. There are plenty of young players coming through and England are generally available at 6/1 to win the 2022 World Cup.
Often England have a talented squad, but it just lacks something. They do need to play in a more attacking manner and that’s not always the case with Southgate’s team. At least they won’t be playing the tournament after a long hard season and that may well play to their advantage.
Scotland & Wales Face the World Cup Playoffs
While England have booked their place in the finals, Scotland and Wales must go into the World Cup 2022 playoffs. Scotland haven’t reached the finals since 1996, while for Wales they’ve missed out every time since 1958.
The Scottish team earned 23 points from their ten qualifiers. Of the other three groups with six countries, that total would have seen them automatically qualify for the finals. Scotland will be seeded in the play-offs which is good news for their hopes of making it to Qatar.
Firstly, they get a home semi-final and secondly, Scotland will avoid having to play either Italy or Portugal. When it comes to the World Cup, Scotland’s main aim is to qualify for the finals. They just don’t have the squad that will come anywhere close to winning the World Cup. Hence the fact several bookmakers have them at 800/1 to do so. Making the finals though will see them build on reaching the Euro 2020 finals.
Wales Can Dream
Anyone who supports Wales must be fed up with hearing a certain statistic. Not since 1958 have they appeared in the World Cup finals. That was their only appearance, and they reached the quarter finals.
They have got close a few times and are now in the play-offs. Like Scotland, they will be one of the seeded teams and that will help a great deal. Going to Wales and coming home with a win is not an easy feat to achieve. Denmark was the last country to do so and that was in 2018.
Wales have Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsay, but they are the only players to score at least ten international goals. They are not a two-man team though but not World Cup winners either. You can get odds between 150/1 and 200/1 for them to become world champions. Like Scotland though, just getting to Qatar is their main aim. Anything that happens after that is a bonus.