World Cup 2022: How England Can Advance to the Round of 16

All of England’s Possibilities

The chart below details nearly all the ways group play could end for England. Each cell in the chart represents the outcome of two games. Green cells mean that England will advance to the next round of the tournament. Pink cells are bad news: they represent outcomes that eliminate England.

5-0
4-0
5-1
3-0
4-1
5-2
2-0
3-1
4-2
5-3
1-0
2-1
3-2
4-3
5-4
5-5
4-4
3-3
2-2
1-1
0-0
5-4
4-3
3-2
2-1
1-0
5-3
4-2
3-1
2-0
5-2
4-1
3-0
5-1
4-0
5-0
5-0
4-0
5-1
3-0
4-1
5-2
2-0
3-1
4-2
5-3
1-0
2-1
3-2
4-3
5-4
5-5
4-4
3-3
2-2
1-1
0-0
5-4
4-3
3-2
2-1
1-0
5-3
4-2
3-1
2-0
5-2
4-1
3-0
5-1
4-0
5-0
Wales wins
Tie
England wins
Wales vs. England
Iran wins
Tie
United States wins
Iran vs. United States
Wales wins and Iran wins Iran wins and Wales and England tie England wins and Iran wins
Wales wins and Iran and United States tie Both matches tie England wins and Iran and United States tie
Wales wins and United States wins United States wins and Wales and England tie England wins and United States wins

England’s final place in Group B

First

Second

Out

Group B
WWins DDraws LLosses GF GA GD PTS.
England
1 1 0 6 2 4 4
Iran
1 0 1 4 6 -2 3
United States
0 2 0 1 1 0 2
Wales
0 1 1 1 3 -2 1

England tied the United States, 0-0, in its second match. It is very likely to advance to the Round of 16. Up next is Wales.

If England beats Wales, it will advance with the No. 1 seed.

If England ties Wales, it will advance with the No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

If England loses to Wales, it will still be in solid position to advance. Only a four-goal rout by Wales would put England in danger of elimination.

Here are the group matches for England:

Nov. 21, 8 a.m. E.S.T.
England
6
2
Iran
Nov. 25, 2 p.m. E.S.T.
England
0
0
United States
Tuesday, 2 p.m. E.S.T.
Wales
-
-
England

To see the scenarios for other teams, visit our overview page.