England's route to World Cup 2022 final: Knockout stage opponents, dates & where to watch on TV

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England have won the World Cup just once in their history, but will have their sights firmly set on going all the way at Qatar 2022.

Gareth Southgate's side finished runners-up at Euro 2020 after being beaten on penalties by Italy last summer, but will be hoping to go one better on the global stage, having also reached the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

What will England need to do to become world champions for the first time since 1966? GOAL takes a look at the Three Lions potential route to the final.

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England's World Cup group stage finish


Southgate's men finished top of the group with seven points, with United States coming in two points behind them in second place. The Three Lions started strong by beating Iran 6-2 before being held to a goalless draw by USMNT. They then finished the group stage with a 3-0 victory against Wales.

England's World Cup 2022 last-16 opponents

England finished top of Group B which means they will face the runners-up from Group A. Netherlands topped the group ahead of Senegal which means England faced the Lions of Teranga.

The game went ahead on December 4, 2022 at the Al Bayt Stadium, with England winning 3-0 to progress to the last eight.

England's World Cup 2022 quarter-final opponents

England will face France in the quarter-finals after Les Bleus beat Poland 3-1 in their last 16 tie.

That quarter-final will take place at 7pm GMT (2pm ET) on December 10, also at the Al Bayt Stadium.

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England's possible World Cup 2022 semi-final opponents

If England make it through to the semi-finals, they will face either the winners of Groups F or H or the runners up of Groups E or G.

That would put them up against Morocco from Group F, Portugal or South Korea from Group H, Spain or Japan from Group E or Brazil or Switzerland from Group G.

The semi-final will take place on December 14 at 7pm GMT (2pm ET) at the Al Bayt Stadium.

England's possible World Cup 2022 final opponents

It's difficult to predict exactly who England could face in a potential final but, as group winners, they will meet a team from the other side of the bracket.

Netherlands, Argentina, Croatia, Japan, Brazil or South Korea are all potential opponents.

The World Cup 2022 final will be played on December 18, 2022. The game kicks off at 3pm GMT (10am ET).

England's route to the World Cup 2022 final

Here's England's fixtures on the route to the World Cup 2022 final at a glance.

RoundOpponentDateKick-off time
Last 16SenegalDec 47pm GMT / 2pm ET
Quarter-finalFranceDec 107pm GMT / 2pm ET
Semi-finalMorocco/Spain/Portugal/SwitzerlandDec 147pm GMT / 2pm ET
FinalNetherlands/Argentina/Croatia/Japan/Brazil/South KoreaDec 183pm GMT / 10am ET

Where to watch England World Cup games on TV & stream online

BBC and ITV have the broadcast rights for the World Cup in the United Kingdom while FOX and Telemundo are broadcasting games live on TV in the United States.

You can check GOAL's Soccer on U.S. TV listings here and the Football on UK TV listings here.

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