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England vs Wales will clash in their final group game tonight in a fixture that is crucial for both sides’ hopes of qualification. Gareth Southgate says he is not afraid to shake up England’s misfiring attack – although Harry Kane is desperate to play as he eyes Wayne Rooney’s all-time goal-scoring record.
England will top the group with a win and will qualify for the knockout rounds unless they lose 4-0 or worse. But Wales’ fate is not in their own hands – they need the USA and Iran to draw, and would then qualify with any win over England.
When is the match?
The match between England and Wales takes place at 7 pm (GMT) on Tuesday, November 29 (10 pm in Qatar and 2 pm EST).
What are the permutations going into the match?
After beating 6-2 Iran and playing out a goalless draw with the USA, England will conclude their group-stage campaign against Wales. England will be hoping to go far into the knockout stages, having made the semi-finals of the last World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.
The sides met in the group stages of Euro 2016, a match which England went on to win 2-1, requiring a 91st-minute winner from Daniel Sturridge. Gareth Bale got Wales’s goal.
What TV channel is it on?
The match will be shown live on BBC One. You can also stream it on BBC iPlayer while Welsh broadcaster S4C, a free-to-air service across the UK, will also be showing the match, including via online player, S4C Clic.
England vs Wales has played each other 103 times – the first fixture taking place in 1879, and the most recent in 2020. England has won 68, drawn 21, and lost just 14. You have to go back to 1984 for Wales’s last victory against England. The Three Lions have won the last six encounters.
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Harry Kane is just two goals shy of Rooney’s all-time England goal-scoring record and will have targeted surpassing the ex-Manchester United man during these finals.
Kieran Trippier, who is in line to collect his 40th senior cap in Tuesday’s game, reckons the mentality of such elite players is what sets them apart from their contemporaries.
“Harry behind the scenes, the way he conducts himself and leads by example, especially with the team we’ve got, and the young players,” he said. “They look up to him and watch him: how he trains, how he recovers, how he prepares for games.
“And there’s no one better to watch, even though I’m still watching him every day and learning stuff from him every day because I look up to him as well.”
Southgate expects a ‘fantastic atmosphere’ against Wales
An England win or draw would knock Wales out of the tournament at the group stages, while Rob Page’s side is searching for their first win over their UK neighbors in 34 years.
Southgate admitted England will need to match Wales’ “spirit” on Tuesday night as he recognizes the extra motivation they will bring to the contest.
“We know they seem to have additional motivation to play against England with what they’re saying,” Southgate said.
“That feeling might not be mutual but I can understand that as well. I live in Yorkshire and they feel the same about the rest of England!
“It’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere and we are really looking forward to the game. We have to match the spirit of Wales but I’d be disappointed if we didn’t do that.”
Kane is ‘fine’ despite recent knocks
One person who has been rumored to face rotation is captain Harry Kane, who was an injury doubt against the United States but came through a fruitless 90 minutes up front. Southgate, however, insists the England captain’s fitness is up to standard.
“He’s fine with the knock he had,” Southgate said. “I don’t know why everyone says it’s his ankle [that is causing him injury problems], it’s his foot.
“There’s only Ben White with illness. So we have everyone available to select from which is a great position to be in. It makes decisions difficult, you want a fully fit squad so that’s where we are at.”
What is England saying?
Kieran Trippier will hope to draw on his experience of winning La Liga when he steps onto the pitch at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. The England full-back is likely to be marking Gareth Bale, his neighbor in Madrid when he won the title in Spain.
Trippier, 32, became part of a select group of British players to finish top of the table with Atlético Madrid during the time Bale was coming towards the end of his trophy-laden spell at Real Madrid, with both living in the La Finca district popular with footballers.
They will face each other when England will look for a point to seal a place in the World Cup knockout stages, while Wales needs a victory to stay in the competition.
“I didn’t play with him but obviously I lived not far from him, literally behind me in Madrid,” Trippier said. “I spent a lot of time with him, a world-class player, I think the records speak for themselves with Gareth. But we know it’s going to be a battle. We need to be mentally ready, physically ready for that next game.”
Trippier insisted England should not panic after their goalless draw against the USA on Friday evening, where they struggled to create chances and missed the chance to seal qualification to the next stage from Group B. The Newcastle United full-back says he can understand the frustration of fans, who jeered the team off at the final whistle.
What is Wales saying?
Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, so often the architects of Wales’ successes down the years, were both disappointing in their 2-0 defeat to Iran and they now need a victory over England on Tuesday to have any hope of reaching the knockout stages.
Head coach Rob Page even appeared to refer to the England game as Wales’ “final” match of the tournament, underlining how difficult the road ahead is for the Dragons from here.
“This is a hard one to take,” Page said. “I’ve said to them before every game: ‘Go and show the world what you show us every day,’ and that is not a true reflection of that team.
Asked about the England game, Page said: “We want to finish the competition on a high. It’s out of our hands to go through, but we want to finish with a good performance and a win.
“We’re low at the moment, but we’ll get them back up tomorrow for a tough game to finish with.”