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England: the road to Qatar 20

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Background

The 55 teams were be drawn into five groups of six and five groups of five. For the first time, Europe's traditional powerhouse countries have all been seeded together in pot one, with France returning to the highest seeds after a twelve year absence. Europe will send 13 countries to Qatar, ten of which will be group winners.

The ten group runners-up will go through to the play-offs, along with the two best Nations League group winners who did not finish in the top two of the World Cup qualifying groups. The four countries through to the 2021 Nations League Finals in October - Belgium, France, Italy and Spain - are placed in the smaller five-team groups.

A record 211 teams entered, and took part. The World Cup Preliminary draw for Europe took place as a virtual event at FIFA Headquarters in Genève, 7 December 2020, presented by the Spanish journalist Cristina Gullon.

Group I fixtures were agreed on Tuesday, 8 December 2020.

UEFA Group I

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
England 10 8 2 0 39 3 +36 26
Poland 10 6 2 2 30 11 +19 20
Albania 10 6 0 4 12 12 =0 18
Hungary 10 5 2 3 19 13 +6 17
Andorra 10 2 0 8 8 24 -16 6
San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 46 -45 0

Matches
25 March 2021
Andorra 0 Albania 1 [0-1]
Estadi Nacional d'Andorra, Andorra la Vella (bcd)
Lenjani
England 5 San Marino 0 [3-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley (bcd)
Ward-Prowse, Calvert-Lewin (2), Sterling, Watkins
Hungary 3 Poland 3 [0-1]
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
(bcd)
Sallai, Ád.Szalai, Orbán
Piątek, Jóźwiak, Lewandowski
28 March 2021
Albania 0 England 2 [0-1]
Air Albania Stadium, Tiranë (bcd)
Kane, Mount
Poland 3 Andorra 0 [1-0]
Stadion Miejski Legii Warszawa im. Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego, Warszawa (bcd)
Lewandowski (2), Swiderski
San Marino 0 Hungary 3 [0-1]
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
(bcd)
Ád.Szalai (pen), Sallai, Nikolic (pen)
31 March 2021
Andorra 1 Hungary 4 [0-1]
Estadi Nacional d'Andorra, Andorra la Vella (bcd)
Pujol Pons (pen)
Fiola, Gazdag, Kleinheisler, Nego
England 2 Poland 1 [1-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley (bcd)
Kane (pen), Maguire
Moder
San Marino 0 Albania 2 [0-0]
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (bcd)
Manaj, Uzuni
2 September 2021
Andorra 2 San Marino 0 [2-0]
Estadi Nacional d'Andorra, Andorra la Vella (1,700)
Vales (2)
Hungary 0 England 4 [0-0]
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
(58,260)
Sterling, Kane, Maguire, Rice
Poland 4 Albania 1 [2-1]
Stadion Narodowy, Warszawa (38,254)
Lewandowski, Buksa, Krychowiak, Linetty
Çikalleshi
5 September 2021
Albania 1 Hungary 0 [0-0]
Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (4,135)
Broja
England 4 Andorra 0 [1-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley (67,171)
Lingard (2), Kane (pen), Saka
San Marino 1 Poland 7 [0-4]
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
(500)
Nanni
Lewandowski (2), Świdersky, Linetty, Buksa (3)
8 September 2021
Albania 5 San Marino 0 [1-0]
Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (3,850)
Manaj, Laçi, Broja, Hysaj, Uzuni
Hungary 2 Andorra 1 [2-0]
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
(46,240)
Ád.Szalai (pen), Botka
Llovera
Poland 1 England 1 [0-0]
Stadion Narodowy, Warszawa (56,212)
Szymański
Kane
9 October 2021
Andorra 0 England 5 [0-2]
Estadi Nacional d'Andorra, Andorra la Vella (2,285)
Chilwell, Saka, Abraham, Ward-Prowse, Grealish
Hungary 0 Albania 1 [0-0]
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
(273)
Broja
Poland 5 San Marino 0 [2-0]
Stadion Narodowy, Warszawa (56,128)
Świdersky, Brolli OG, Kędziora, Buksa, Piątek
12 October 2021
Albania 0 Poland 1 [0-0]
Air Albania Stadium, Tiranë (21,000)
Świdersky
England 1 Hungary 1 [1-1]
The National Stadium, Wembley (69,380)
Stones
Sallai (pen)
San Marino 0 Andorra 3 [0-1]
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
(243)
Pujol, Moreno, Fernández
12 November 2021
Andorra 1 Poland 4 [1-3]
Estadi Nacional d'Andorra, Andorra la Vella (1,049)
Vales
Lewandwoski (2), Jóźwiak, Milik
Ricard Fernández
England 5 Albania 0 [5-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley (80,366)
Maguire, Kane (3), Henderson
Hungary 4 San Marino 0 [2-0]
Puskás Aréna, Budapest
(12,800)
Szoboszlai (2), Gazdag, Vécsei
15 November 2021
Albania 1 Andorra 0 [0-0]
Air Albania Stadium, Tiranë (75)
Çekiçi
Poland 1 Hungary 2 [0-1]
Stadion Narodowy, Warszawa (56,197)
Świdersky
Schäfer, Gazdag
San Marino 0 England 10 [0-6]
San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
(2,775)
Maguire, Fabbri OG, Kane (4 (2 pen)), Smith Rowe, Mings, Abraham, Saka

Notes England Qualification Scorers:- Harry Kane (12), Harry Maguire (4), Bukayo Saka (3), Tammy Abraham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling, James Ward-Prowse (2), Ben Chilwell, Jack Grealish, Jordan Henderson, Tyrone Mings, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Emile Smith Rowe, John Stones and Ollie Watkins (10)

 

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