Qatar World Cup Group B analysed: England and their rivals’ strengths and weaknesses

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By Frank Dalleres Will the real World Cup Group B stand up? On the one hand, England’s pool is the only one in Qatar in which all of the teams inhabit the top 20 of Fifa’s world rankings. On the other, Iran, the USA and Wales looks, on paper, like a kind draw for Gareth Southgate’s team. Today’s opening skirmishes should offer some clues as to its true quality. There are also answers to be found in the teams’ World Cup qualifying campaigns and other recent competitive matches. Using detailed scouting reports compiled by analytics company Sporting Risk, it is possible to highlight the strength …

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