World Cup 2022 briefing: big guns join the party on day two | World Cup 2022

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The main event

Following that curious opening match between Qatar and Ecuador, with its emptying seats, curiously elated home fans, and the sense the South Americans rather stepped off the gas, England should be involved in the World Cup’s first genuine contest.

Carlos Queiroz is remembered on English soil as the coach who taught Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United how to defend. His Iran team now follow along the same lines, and will attempt to make it very difficult for Gareth Southgate’s men. Even if he has a great deal of affection for English players –…


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