World Cup 2022: England and Wales braced for tournament openers

Jude Bellingham and Aaron Ramsey
Jude Bellingham (left) and England face Iran at 13:00 GMT on Monday with Aaron Ramsey (right) and Wales taking on the United States at 19:00
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For England, it’s been a four-year wait. For Wales, it’s been a little longer. Sixty years longer, in fact.

The 2022 World Cup’s opening day featured just one match – Ecuador’s low-key win over hosts Qatar – but the action will be cranked up on Monday when Group B rivals England and Wales begin their respective campaigns.

The Three Lions, who face Iran (13:00 GMT on BBC One and iPlayer), have been desperate for another crack at football’s biggest prize since falling at the semi-final stage in Russia four years ago.

But when the Wales players walk out on to the pitch at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium to face the United States (19:00), it will be the realisation of a 64-year dream.

Simply put, it’s set to be a massive day for both nations.

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