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Qatar, host of the World Cup, will join Group A of European qualification, UEFA has announced.
Qatar will play its games ‘at home’ in Europe and as the hosts have already qualified for the 2022 tournament, their results will not count towards qualification.
“UEFA has invited the Qatari national team, the reigning champions of Asia, to prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” UEFA said.
“Qatar will join Group A, alongside Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan.”
Prior to Euro 2016, France was the first host nation to participate in a qualifying round for the European Championship, and their group stage matches served as friendlies with no points awarded.
England’s campaign will start in March
England will launch their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign with a home game against Group I minnows San Marino on March 25 next year and three days later they will travel to play in Albania.
The Three Lions will play their home game against Poland on March 31 and then have to wait just over five months before their next qualifying game in Hungary on September 2.
They are followed by two qualifiers for Gareth Southgate’s team in September, and two more in October before their last home game against Albania on November 12, followed by their last match in San Marino on November 15.
Scotland, in Group F along with Denmark, Austria, Israel, the Faroe Islands and Moldova, will kick off their qualifying campaign at home against Austria on March 25 before traveling to Israel three days later.
Steve Clarke’s team will make their final qualifying trip to Moldova on November 12 and conclude their group matches against Denmark at home on November 15.
Wales, tied in Group E with Belgium, Czech Republic, Belarus and Estonia, will start their qualifiers in Belgium on March 24, face the Czech Republic in their first home game on March 30 and face Belgium in their last qualifying game at home in November. sixteen.
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