England manager Gareth Southgate and his players have a lot of work to do if they want to secure an automatic spot from their group ahead of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar next year. The draw for the UEFA section of World Cup 2022 qualifiers was held some months ago and the big threat on paper for the Three Lions of England would be red-hotBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and his Polish national team. England are in Group I of the European qualifiers of World Cup 2022 with Poland and only one team can secure qualification for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar automatically from the group. Apart from England and Poland, the other countries in Group I are Hungary, San Marino, Albania and Andorra.

Gareth Southgate is the England manager and the ex-Aston Villa centre back has the responsibility of leading the 1966 champions to another World Cup tournament. Southgate was the manager when England finished fourth at the last edition in Russia. Gareth Southgate knows all about Poland national team skipper Robert Lewandowski and his exploits at club level with Bayern Munich. Lewandowski has been the main man for the all conqueringBayern team who won six trophies in the space of eight months between last year and this year.


Wayne Rooney feels England can win the 2022 World Cup

Former Manchester United and Everton star Wayne Rooney believes England could emerge as strong contenders for the 2022 World Cup, should Gareth Southgate managed to work with the current crop of players for the long run. The Three Lions reached the semi-final stage for only the third time in their World Cup history during the summer but they could not progress further after they were beaten by Croatia.

Despite this, Southgate has been lauded for the efforts by the country’s faithful and Rooney feels the nation should look forward to making progress over the next four years to make a better challenge for the next World Cup, he said: “The maturity the team showed was fantastic and unfortunately they couldn’t get to the final and have a chance of winning it.
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