England faces Poland, France to meet Ukraine as UEFA releases 2022 World Cup qualifying draw

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England will face Robert Lewandowski and Poland in the preliminary round for a place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Gareth Southgate’s side has been drawn in Group I, also alongside Hungary, Albania, Andorra, and San Marino.

World champions France is in Group D with Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kazakhstan.

The Netherlands headline a tricky Group G, which also includes Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, and Gibraltar.

Croatia, the beaten finalists two years ago, are in an intriguing Group H with Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, and Malta.

Spain will face Sweden, Greece, Georgia, and Kosovo in Group B, with Portugal in Group A along with Serbia, the Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, and Azerbaijan.

Belgium, the world’s top-ranked side, faces Euro 2016 quarter-final opponents Wales, and Germany will meet Romania and Iceland.

The matches will take place from March to November next year, with the 10 group winners advancing automatically to the finals in Qatar and 10 runners-up heading into the play-offs.

World Cup 2022 UEFA qualifying draw:

Group A
Portugal
Serbia
Republic of Ireland
Luxembourg
Azerbaijan

Group B
Spain
Sweden
Greece
Georgia
Kosovo

Group C
Italy
Switzerland
Northern Ireland
Bulgaria
Lithuania

Group D
France
Ukraine
Finland
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Kazakhstan

Group E
Belgium
Wales
Czech Republic
Belarus
Estonia

Group F
Denmark
Austria
Scotland
Israel
Faroe Islands
Moldova

Group G
Netherlands
Turkey
Norway
Montenegro
Latvia
Gibraltar

Group H
Croatia
Slovakia
Russia
Slovenia
Cyprus
Malta

Group I
England
Poland
Hungary
Albania
Andorra
San Marino

Group J
Germany
Romania
Iceland
North Macedonia
Armenia
Liechtenstein

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