The one and only... 17:41, Matt VerriChesney Hawkes among those already in the stadium... obviously. We’ll be getting all the team news very shortly, with kick-off under 90 minutes away now. Changes expected from England, with Rashford and Foden among those coming in, while Wales have no choice to go for it. Hard to imagine they’ll be too gung-ho though. (PA)Six years ago... 17:34, Matt VerriThe two sides met at Euro 2016, in what was a dramatic encounter. Daniel Sturridge netted a 91st-minute winner as England came from behind to win, but Wales certainly had the last laugh. They topped the group and went all the way to the semi-finals, eventually losing to Portugal, while England lost in the last-16 against Iceland.
As for Wales, nothing but a win will do if they’re to miraculously extend their stay in Qatar. Should they pick up the three points, and the USA also draw with Iran, then Rob Page’s side will make it out of Group by tha barest of margins. Gareth Southgate has made changes to his side, with Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden and Jordan Henderson among those coming into the side, while Wales have no choice but to go for it and opt for a back four. Dan James returns to the side, with Gareth Bale and Kieffer Moore also in the front three.
Read his full comments here (The FA via Getty Images)Dan Kilpatrick at Al Thumama Stadium17:12, Matt VerriLast-16 opponents17:05, Matt VerriGroup A is officially done, after the final two matches were played this afternoon. Netherlands top the group after beating Qatar, while Senegal go through as runners-up after beating Ecuador. England will face Senegal then if they top the group tonight, which they are big favourites to do. If not, it will be a tricky last-16 clash against the Netherlands to come.
(AP)How it stands... 16:59, Matt VerriEngland currently sit top of Group B with four points, Iran second on three points with USA on two after their draws. Wales have just a single point and are bottom as it stands. It means England will guarantee themselves top spot with victory, although a draw could also be enough depending on the other match. As for Wales, anything other than a win and they will be out of the World Cup.
Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below! Wales vs England latest newsKick-off: 7pm GMT, Ahmad bin Ali StadiumHow to watch: BBC One and S4CWales team news: James and Allen startEngland team news: Foden and Rashford come inEvening Standard predictionWales - EnglandNizaar Kinsella at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium18:31, Matt VerriThe Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is full of England and Wales flags at two opposite ends of the stadium. It’s a bit smaller than some of the other ones but it is contributing to quite an electric atmosphere ahead of kick-off.
“We are at a major tournament, it’s not about giving caps out, ” Southgate said. “We want to go as far as we possibly can. Players support each other and some will be disappointed if they’re not playing. “In other camps throughout the year, we try to give people game time where we can, but when you’re in a World Cup, you can’t be thinking in that way unless you’ve already qualified and have a game with a different approach. ” (REUTERS)Nizaar Kinsella at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium18:13, Matt VerriBattles that could decide it18:03, Matt VerriHarry Maguire v Kieffer MooreMoore, all 6ft 4ins of him, will pose a threat to England in the air, particularly from set-pieces. Gareth Southgate’s defence held firm in the face of a barrage of late corners in the 0-0 draw against the USA, with Maguire particularly imperious.
Victory tonight, coupled with a draw between Iran and the USA, and Wales will be through to the last-16. Simple enough. Evening Standard prediction16:53, Matt VerriAfter getting away with a bad performance against the USA, England should be able to kick up a gear and progress through to the last-16 with ease. Wales will pose a threat but come up against a mean defences, having so far underwhelmed in attack themselves. England to win, 1-0.
Wales vs England LIVE! World Cup 2022 match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction todayWales vs England - LIVE! England look to secure their place in the last-16 and in doing so knock Wales out of the World Cup as Group B comes to a conclusion tonight. The Three Lions had their momentum halted by a dull goalless draw with the USA last time out but know victory here will see them through to the knockout stages as group winners.
”Read the full story on that here (REUTERS)Southgate: Not about giving caps out18:19, Matt VerriNo surprise that Southgate has gone for a strong lineup, despite making those changes to his side. The England boss made it clear in his pre-match press conference that he would not be handing out caps for the sake of it tonight.
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Walker replaces Trippier at right-back, as Henderson comes in for Mount in midfield. Foden and Rashford both get their chance to impress too, standing either side of Kane in the front three. It’s also a back four for Wales, as Page goes for a more attacking side. Allen starts in midfield, alongside Ampadu and Ramsey. James also gets the nod from the start, with Bale and Moore also involved in what appears to be a front three. England manager Gareth Southgate (left) and player Jordan Henderson during a press conference (PA)Wales team news17:50, Matt VerriWales XI (4-3-3): Ward, Williams, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Ampadu, Allen, Ramsey, Bale, James, MooreEngland team news17:46, Matt VerriEngland XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Bellingham, Rice, Henderson; Foden, Rashford, Kane.
Bale hopes to inspire his side to keep their World Cup dream alive and insists they can pull of a shock and beat England in tonight’s ‘Battle of Britain’. The 33-year-old has one season left on his contract at MLS side Los Angeles FC but, while he has denied he is planning to retire, his future beyond this tournament is unclear. Trippier hailed Bale as one of the best British players of all-time but is confident England can deny him as Gareth Southgate’s side bid to secure qualification to the last-16. “Gareth has won five Champions Leagues and three LaLigas so he is certainly up there as one of Britain’s greatest ever players, ” said the England defender.
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Rice on England’s added motivation17:27, Matt VerriDeclan Rice says England are fired up for a revenge mission against Wales at the World Cup. England players go into tonight’s ‘Battle of Britain’ spurred on by the infamous leaked video of Wales players celebrating England’s humiliating Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland. Rice says memories of Gareth Bale and the Wales squad in that video have given England extra motivation to knock their rivals out of the World Cup. “I wasn’t in the squad then but of course you hear stuff like that and it definitely fires you up, ” said Rice.
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“England versus Wales is a massive, whether it is a friendly or at a major tournament. If you cannot get up for that you cannot get up for any game of football. We will ready and we want to do our talking on the pitch. ” (The FA via Getty Images)Trippier: Bale one of Britain’s greatest17:20, Matt VerriKieran Trippier believes England’s defence is well-equipped to stop Gareth Bale in what could be the last match of the Wales captain’s career.
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