Will football ‘come home’ in Qatar as England look to end 66 years of pain

With well-documented problems when it comes to winning major trophies, England will once again be searching for success at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

Gareth Southgate’s side are trending upward in major tournaments in recent years, with a run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 in Russia, backed up with a runners-up showing at Euro 2020 soon after.

The obvious positives however cannot hide the fact that England still haven’t won a major tournament since their solitary triumph at the 1966 World Cup.

With the now infamous Baddiel and Skinner song Three Lions, which contains the immortal lines ‘Football’s Coming Home’ often reverberating around football grounds in which England play, experts are starting to believe that this indeed could be England’s year.

Despite a poor showing in the UEFA Nations League this season, England have been dining at the top table of world international football for a few seasons and their young squad is one of the most exciting in the world game.

Jordan Pickford looks set to remain as first-choice goalkeeper, with Manchester City serial winners John Stones and Kyle Walker set to be integral to all things defensive for the Three Lions.

In midfield, Jude Bellingham’s performances for Borussia Dortmund are certainly catching the eye and his partnership with Declan Rice could be key.

Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka and Mason Mount are three of the biggest young talents in Europe and how they will want to impress at their first World Cups.

2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane will be eager to lay down a marker here in Qatar and if he fires, England should be very much in the mix this year.

At +1100, England are amongst the favorites to lift the World Cup in 2022 – provided they can get out of their tough looking group, which includes USA (+10000 odds right now as per NY WynnBet sportsbook app overview), Iran and old foes Wales.

Heading up the betting in Qatar is 5-times World Cup winners Brazil, who too are enduring a drought of sorts – last winning the World Cup in Japan and South Korea back in 2002.

With a young squad packed with talent, Brazil do look to have the makings of a side capable of lifting the World Cup trophy and they look well placed at +600.

Having a four year gap between tournaments, often means winning back-to-back World Cups is seldom done but France will be vying to achieve just that in Qatar.

A lot has changed in French football since their triumph in Russia but they still have plenty of quality and they can’t be discarded at +800.

2010 champions Spain and 2014 winners Germany continue to have a real presence within the game and both sides will fancy their chances in Qatar this year. For the latest FIFA World Cup news, read our International Football news page.

At +1000 and +1400 respectively, Spain and Germany could well be in the mix at the deep end of the competition.