The World Cup in Qatar is finally set to get underway later today because the host nation tackle Ecuador at 4pm. The Middle East country were awarded the precise to host the tournament back in 2010 but have since faced a deluge of criticism over their human rights, their treatment of migrant employees and their stance on same-sex relationships.
Qatar shall be hoping the world’s attention now moves onto the football as 32 countries compete to grow to be world champions. Brazil go into the tournament as favourites after losing only once for the reason that summer of 2019, while the likes of Argentina, France, Germany, Spain and England can even fancy their possibilities of lifting the trophy.
The Three Lions begin their World Cup campaign on Monday once they tackle Iran, with Wales going head-to-head with USA on the identical day in Group B.
Gareth Southgate shall be without in-form Leicester attacker James Maddison for the opener and may have a tricky decision over whether to maintain faith with Harry Maguire in defence. The centre-back has suffered a miserable 18 months on the pitch and has lost his foundation at Manchester United.
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