Wales 0-3 England LIVE! World Cup 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

Wales 0-3 England LIVE! World Cup 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

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Marcus Rashford’s second-half double propelled England to a 3-0 win over neighbours Wales that sent them into the World Cup last-16 as Group B winners and ended Welsh hopes of reaching the knockout stage.

The encounter came to life when Rashford curled home a free kick from the edge of the area in the 50th minute before Phil Foden arrived unmarked at the far post to sidefoot Harry Kane’s cross into the net a minute later. Rashford then inflicted a final blow when he cut inside and somehow managed to find the net with a shot that went through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Ward in the 68th.

The win moved England to seven points and set up a clash against Senegal in the next round, while Wales finished bottom with one point as their first World Cup in 64 years ended without a victory and only one goal scored in three games.

Wales vs England latest news

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  • GOAL! Foden doubles lead immediately

  • GOAL! Rashford with sensational free-kick

  • CHANCE! Rashford effort saved by Ward

Wales 0 - 3 England

Rashford reborn for England

22:06 , Matt Verri

Gareth Southgate used his half-time well, turning despair into jubilation and revitalise England’s World Cup campaign.

A dismal first half saw England create just one real chance of note, which Marcus Rashford squandered, against a weak Wales side.

However, as fans were treated to Chesney Hawkes singing ‘The One and Only’ during the half-time show, Southgate was laying down the law to his players. And it worked.

Read our full match analysis here!

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Rashford explains celebration

21:50 , Matt Verri

England striker Marcus Rashford has revealed his celebration after his first goal against Wales was a dedication to a close friend who recently passed away following a battle with cancer.

Rashford pointed to sky after firing England ahead with a brilliant direct free-kick in the 3-0 win over Wales, which set up a World Cup last-16 clash against Senegal on Sunday.

Asked afterwards about his celebration, Rashford said: “Unfortunately I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago.

“He’s had quite a long battle with cancer so I’m pleased I managed to score for him He’s always been a big supporter of mine, he was just a great person and I’m pleased he came into my life really.”

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Bale: I’ll keep going as long as I can

21:40 , Matt Verri

“Everyone’s disappointed but we’re all proud of what we’ve achieved to get here. We have to look how far we’ve come. Of course we wanted to get out of the group, but football’s difficult. We didn’t live up to our expectations at this tournament.

“If you’d told us two years ago that we would play in a World Cup, we’d have all pinched ourselves. We’ll all walk out of that changing-room with our held high and proud of each other. It’s been difficult at this tournament, we haven’t played very well. But we’ve given everything and we won’t have any regrets.

“I’ll keep going as long as I can and as long as I’m wanted. It’s a difficult moment now but we go again.”

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Rashford on Southgate’s half-time message

21:31 , Matt Verri

Marcus Rashford revealed Gareth Southgate urged his side to be more positive in testing Danny Ward in England’s win over Wales, a message that certainly had an impact in the second-half.

England booked their place in the last-16 of the World Cup, where they will face Senegal, with a 3-0 win over Wales as they sealed top spot in Group B thanks to a brace from Rashford either side of a goal from Phil Foden.

All those goals came after the break, following a fairly uneventful 45 minutes that did little to raise excitement levels after the dull draw with the USA in England’s second group-stage match. That changed in the second-half as the Three Lions clicked into gear, a change in mentality that Southgate called for in his half-time team talk.

“At half-time the manager said we’d played really but the one thing we can work better on is shots on goal,” Rashford told the BBC.

“I think we only had two or three in the first-half, so we wanted to work the keeper more. We wanted to keep getting in dangerous positions, which I thought we were doing in the first half but in the second half we made them count.”

Read his full comments here


Page’s post-match thoughts

21:26 , Matt Verri

“It’s very tough to take at this moment in time. I thought in the first half we were outstanding – the effort we put in without the ball was exceptional. We could have kept the ball better but I won’t have a bad word said about that group of players; they’ve given everything today.

“The second goal disappoints me a little bit, but I don’t want to talk about negatives today.

“My message is: don’t be disappointed. We’ll build again for the future now, and to get to the World Cup is an unbelievable achievement for that group of players.”

The real different maker...

21:15 , Matt Verri

Dull first-half. Chesney Hawkes performs at half-time. England produce brilliant second-half display.

Can’t be a coincidence.

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Player ratings

21:08 , Matt Verri

Phil Foden 8

Justified the clamour and his selection with a decisive display. Won the freekick for Rashford’s first goal and finished off Kane’s cross to double England’s lead. Hard to drop now.

Marcus Rashford 9

Scored a superb direct freekick and a fine run and finish. Also made England’s second goal by winning the ball back from Ben Davies. Surely must keep his place vs Senegal.

Read our England ratings in full here


Nizaar Kinsella at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

21:01 , Matt Verri

Quite interesting to see how reactive England’s support can be. In the first half, some fans tried to start the Southgate song and it never caught on. In the second half, when 3-0 up, the whole stand is singing it.

How England got up and running...

20:57 , Matt Verri

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FT: Wales 0-3 England

20:54 , Matt Verri

England are through to the last-16, where they will face Senegal.

Job done from the Three Lions here tonight, the second-half display in particular very impressive.

Wales out of the World Cup and finish bottom of the group.


20:52 , Matt Verri

90+2 mins: Huge chance!

Corner nodded back into the six-yard box, falls for Stones who is free six-yards out but he balloons it over the bar. Judging by his face he can’t quite believe he missed that.

3-0 up with two minutes to go is a decent time for an awful miss.

20:50 , Matt Verri

90 mins: Henderson tries to set Wilson through on goal, the forward somehow gets there ahead of the two defenders. Bit of a mess from Wales.

Four minutes added on.

20:47 , Matt Verri

87 mins: Moore on the edge of the box, desperate for Stones to give him half a yard on his right foot.

Doesn’t get it, has to try and bend it around the defender instead and he can’t. High and wide.

20:44 , Matt Verri

84 mins: Late flurry from Wales, ball falls for Colwill just outside the box and he takes a wild swing at it. Well over the bar.

Wales fans making plenty of noise still behind that goal, their support never peters out.

20:43 , Matt Verri

83 mins: Maguire brings Moore down 25 yards out, Wilson will certainly be going for goal from here. Perfect position for the left-footer.

Straight into the wall, which sums things up pretty well.

20:41 , Matt Verri

81 mins: Allen the latest Wales player seemingly having to come off with injury. Colwill replaces him.

So many of this Wales team have come into the tournament short on fitness or minutes for their club. Or both. Tough for them to get up to speed with such a limited build-up.

20:38 , Matt Verri

78 mins: Should be four!

Wilson through to Bellingham, loses his balance as he goes for goal and Ward parries it out. Rebound comes to Foden, who can’t quite turn it home from close range. Wales would be thrilled to hear the final whistle.

20:36 , Matt Verri

76 mins: No hat-trick for Rashford, Grealish on.

The party tricks are starting to come out, Bellingham in particular enjoying himself. Wales might starting kicking everything that moves here.

Wilson on for James.

20:33 , Matt Verri

73 mins: Wilson slides it through to Rashford, shot is turned behind at the near post. He fancies this hat-trick!

Wales clear the corner and counter, Johnson tries his luck from just inside the box and it’s blocked.

20:31 , Matt Verri

71 mins: Johnson with a decent chance to pick out Moore, poor pass though and Stones can clear.

Wales just haven’t been good enough - today or in the tournament as a whole. Disappointing from them in Qatar.

GOAL! Wales 0-3 England | Marcus Rashford 68'

20:28 , Matt Verri


Brilliant from the Manchester United man. Gets onto a ball over the top, cuts inside onto his left foot and drives into the box.

Drills the low effort at goal, through Ward and into the back of the net. Goalkeeper has to do better.

20:25 , Matt Verri

65 mins: Rodon in a bit of pain after clashing heads with Wilson, he’ll be fine though. Stop-start nature to this match over the last ten minutes or so.

Shaw the latest England player to be replaced, Trippier on to take his place.

20:22 , Matt Verri

62 mins: Ramsey with a really poor challenge on Henderson, doesn’t bother to complain about that yellow card.

Henderson screams out in pain, his ankle bent really awkwardly there as he was caught. He’s going to try and run it off, not moving particularly well though.

20:20 , Matt Verri

60 mins: More injury problems for Wales, Davies down and he has to go off. Morrell on in his place.

Wilson and Phillips already buzzing around the pitch, they’ll be desperate to make an impression.

20:18 , Matt Verri

58 mins: Triple change from England, Southgate feels the job is pretty much done.

Kane, Walker and Rice off. Wilson, Alexander-Arnold and Phillips will get just over 30 minutes of action.

20:16 , Matt Verri

56 mins: Wales are going for it now, don’t have much of a choice. Moore’s deflected strike almost causes Pickford real problems, he adjusts to palm it behind.

Corner taken short, eventually swung in and the offside flag goes up. Real waste.

Dan Kilpatrick at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

20:15 , Matt Verri

Such was the quality of Kane’s cross, Bellingham started celebrating before the ball had even reached Foden. What a turnaround for England and vindication for Southgate’s team selection.

20:14 , Matt Verri

54 mins: Well then.

England flying forward in their press now, on a high after that quickfire double.

What do Wales do now? For now it’s Ramsey putting a great cross into the box, just too much on it for Moore before James’ cross flies wide.

GOAL! Wales 0-2 England | Phil Foden 51'

20:12 , Matt Verri


Two goals in barely more than a minute and England are in complete control now.

Rashford wins it back high up the pitch, Kane plays the ball across the face of goal and Foden finishes at the back post.

GOAL! Wales 0-1 England | Marcus Rashford 50’

20:10 , Matt Verri

Rashford looks the favourite to take this, though Henderson and Shaw are also lurking.

It is indeed Rashford... AND IT’S A STUNNING STRIKE!

He goes to the goalkeeper’s side, Ward can’t do anything though as it flies into the top corner. England lead!

Dan Kilpatrick at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

20:09 , Matt Verri

If that is to be Bale’s last outing for Wales -- which he has denied -- it is an sad way to bow out. He had just seven touches in an anonymous first half and presumably can’t be fully fit.

20:08 , Matt Verri

48 mins: More of the same since the break, England knocking it around at the back comfortably.

Foden injects a bit of pace into things, badly needed too. Drifts away from the red shirts and he’s brought down just outside the box by Rodon. Brilliant run.

Nizaar Kinsella at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

20:06 , Matt Verri

That first half was more worrying than the United States match. Wales have worked hard but offered almost nothing going forward and are there for the taking.

Gareth Southgate’s side are still looking likely to top the group as it stands but they need to improve or face a backlash from the fans.

Back underway!

20:05 , Matt Verri

Johnson on, Bale off at the break. Big call from Wales, have to assume there’s an injury problem there.

20:03 , Matt Verri

Maddison is back on the bench for England tonight, we’ll see if he’s fit enough to be involved.

Grealish, Sterling, Wilson, Mount... still plenty of options for Southgate on the bench if required. The way it’s going, they will be.

20:00 , Matt Verri

As we mentioned ahead of kick-off, Chesney Hawkes is in attendance tonight.

We now know why... he’s out singing The One and Only. Probably more entertaining than much of that first-half.


Nizaar Kinsella at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

19:57 , Matt Verri

Two teams that defended well but have offered very little going forward. England created only one big chance for Marcus Rashford. The new players haven’t changed anything.

Biggest chance of the match...

19:54 , Matt Verri

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HT: Wales 0-0 England

19:50 , Matt Verri

Probably Wales’ best moment of the match, well-worked throw-in and it ends with Allen slicing a shot high and wide.

That’s the final action of the half - goalless at the break.

England much the better side but nothing to show for it yet, Wales still just about alive in the World Cup.

19:48 , Matt Verri

45+3 mins: Maguire charges up the pitch again, then gets completely in the way and blocks Kane’s shot. Fortunately for England the referee doesn’t see that, giving them a corner instead.

Foden the man to take once more. Stones loops the header back across goal, Ward claims it under pressure.

19:46 , Matt Verri

45+1 mins: Five minutes added on.

Wales just looking to keep this goalless for now, before going for it with 20 minutes or so remaining you’d imagine.

Walker ensures there is no chance of a counter before the break, bringing James down on the halfway line.

Dan Kilpatrick at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

19:45 , Matt Verri

Wales fans start a brief chant of ‘Bale, Bale, Bale’ and it’s a useful reminder that he’s playing. The Wales captain has been completely anonymous so far.

19:44 , Matt Verri

44 mins: Ramsey thinks he’s won the ball back and is about to set James in on goal, but the whistle goals. About three fouls from the midfielder on Kane.

Bellingham with another great run into the box, back to Kane and his shot is blocked before Roberts concedes a corner.

19:41 , Matt Verri

41 mins: England looking increasingly dangerous, Rashford looks to pick out Bellingham with the cut back but it’s turned behind for a corner.

Deep to Stones, nodded back to Rashford who does very well to earn another corner for his side. Davies puts the ball out.

Foden swings it in, Rodon heads it away.

19:39 , Matt Verri

39 mins: First shot of the match for Wales, Allen trying his luck from 25 yards out and it’s blocked.

Rashford looks to lead the England charge down the left, worked out to the other wing. Henderson whips the cross in, takes a deflection to loop up and Rashford sends a bicycle kick wide. Caught that nicely to be fair to him.

19:38 , Matt Verri

38 mins: That change has now been made - it was a concussion sub so doesn’t count towards their five. England also now have an extra change available to them.

Moore goes down just outside the England box under pressure from Rice, told to get up.

Lovely England move at the other end, Bellingham driving into the box and flicking the ball back to Foden. Drives the shot over the bar. Best move of the match by a long way though.

Dan Kilpatrick at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

19:36 , Matt Verri

Plenty of time left in this but the story so far is that England are not sparkling any more than in the dour draw with the USA, despite the addition of Foden.

19:34 , Matt Verri

34 mins: Williams has gone down off the ball, he’s clearly not feeling great after that earlier blow to the head.

We’ve been here before in this tournament - he really needs to come off. And he will be, Robert is readying himself on the touchline. He’ll replace the Forest full-back.

Nizaar Kinsella at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

19:32 , Matt Verri

England fans were just chanting “you’re going home in the morning”. Probably true but there’s still plenty work to be done to make sure that happens.

19:32 , Matt Verri

32 mins: Well then, Maguire goes charging out of defence, through midfield and into the box.

Best not to dwell on what comes next, as he blasts something resembling a cross straight out of play. The bit before was nice at least.

19:30 , Matt Verri

30 mins: First yellow card of the match, James has that particular honour.

Goes in late on Stones, not a great challenge at all and he’s swiftly into the referee’s book. Bit of frustration in that from James, who has not been in the game.

19:28 , Matt Verri

28 mins: Moore brings it down in the England half, bundles his way through three tackles but not the fourth.

Wales having a slightly better spell all of a sudden, as Henderson brings down the charging Williams. Not particularly subtle.

Dan Kilpatrick at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

19:27 , Matt Verri

England are looking particularly threatening down their left flank, where Rashford is aiming to dart inside at every opportunity and his Manchester United teammate Shaw is swinging in some dangerous crosses.

City pair Walker and Foden have seen less of the ball so far.

19:26 , Matt Verri

26 mins: Back up and running, Williams fine to continue.

He plays a decent ball down the line towards Moore, his first touch in about 20 minutes. It’s a touch that sends the ball out of play for a throw-in.

That’s at least one touch more than Bale has managed.

19:24 , Matt Verri

24 mins: Another free-kick for England, another cross towards Maguire, another ball that he can’t do much with.

Rashford then absolutely hammers a shot at goal, which Williams takes right in the head. He goes straight down and will receive some treatment.

19:22 , Matt Verri

22 mins: Moore has had nothing to do so decides to get himself into the action, sliding in late on Walker and that will be a free-kick.

At the other end Shaw’s cross runs all the way through to Henderson, who makes a complete mess of controlling it. Bounces straight over him.

19:19 , Matt Verri

19 mins: Four players standing over this, two with their backs to goal.

Rolled between them, Shaw clips it to the back post where Maguire wins the header but it bobbles behind for... a goal-kick. Maguire furious it’s not a corner, he had a point judging by the replays.

This hasn’t been a great start from Wales, barely left their own half.

19:17 , Matt Verri

17 mins: Shaw beats Bale to the ball, falls for Kane 25 yards out and he’s fouled by Mepham. So unnecessary from the defender.

Whistle goes and this is well within range for the likes of Rice and Rashford... although the Man United man has walked away.

19:14 , Matt Verri

14 mins: Williams with the handball, as Shaw looks to flick the ball outside. Decent position for this free-kick out wide.

Deep towards Maguire, headed away though. Falls for Foden and he drags the shot wide from just outside the box.

Dan Kilpatrick at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

19:13 , Matt Verri

Smart save from Ward but Rashford will be frustrated at his finish. With competition for places in England’s front three so tight, those are the type of chances he needs to be taking to keep out Sterling, Saka and Grealish.

Nizaar Kinsella at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

19:11 , Matt Verri

England have put Phil Foden on his lesser preferred right side to allow Marcus Rashford his preferred left wing spot. He does, however, get to play next to his Man City teammate Kyle Walker who is providing underlapping runs to link with Jordan Henderson who likes to drift out wide.

Jude Bellingham is in Mason Mount’s No8 position on the left.

19:11 , Matt Verri

11 mins: This is starting to wake up a bit, England taking charge.

Walker free on the right, back to Henderson and he puts it into the box. Just behind the three white shirts and Wales can clear.

19:09 , Matt Verri

9 mins: Well... it’s not been a riveting start.

Here we go, England have a chance to break. Kane slides the ball through to Rashford, he’s clean through on goal but Ward saves it as he flies off his line.

That’s a big opportunity.

19:07 , Matt Verri

7 mins: Rice goes in on Ramsey, concedes the free-kick. Already a bit more energy from England than they showed against the USA.

Neither side able to get anything really going yet in attack, not much space out there in the final third.

19:04 , Matt Verri

4 mins: England seeing plenty of the ball as you’d expect, Wales happy enough to let Stones and Maguire have it.

That will have to change at some point, but it was always unlikely that Wales were going to come out and go all-out attack from the opening minutes.

19:02 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Huge cheers from the Welsh fans as Kane plays the ball straight out of play. Nothing like a nice settler...

Sharp from Stones though, moves away from both Moore and James as he comes out from the back. Couldn’t afford to get caught on it there and didn’t.


19:00 , Matt Verri

We’re underway for the final time in Group B. Whatever happens, let’s hope it’s entertaining!

18:57 , Matt Verri

Really could do with just binning off the music for the Welsh anthem. Crowd finish about 45 seconds ahead of the soundtrack.

God Save The King also delivered with plenty of gusto.

Let the fun begin!

Players are out!

18:54 , Matt Verri

Teams out onto the pitch, great atmosphere as you’d expect.

Time for the national anthems - it’s what we’re all here for really. Step up, Wales....


18:50 , Matt Verri

Reminder that Wales have to win tonight, and even that might not be enough. They need Iran vs USA to be a draw as well.

As for England, a win seals top spot and a last-16 clash against Senegal... a point could also be enough.

Kick-off in 15 minutes!

18:44 , Matt Verri

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Page’s pre-match thoughts...

18:38 , Matt Verri

“This is a must-win game. We’ve got to rely on the other result as well. If this is our last game, then at least we got up and had a go.

“It’s a brave decision but it’s one that we want to go out and have a go.

“As a team we haven’t performed to our capabilities, not just the individuals, so we take that responsibility - myself included - and we hope tonight we can put a performance in that our supporters can be proud of.”

Nizaar Kinsella at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

18:31 , Matt Verri

The 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 might get that Premier League energy for this one.

Wales reporters had been calling for the youth to play but Rob Page has thrown in more experience if anything adding Joe Allen to Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. It’s not only Gareth Southgate who ignores the clamour.

Southgate: England powered by emotion too

18:25 , Matt Verri

Anyone who witnessed Wales belting out their national anthem ahead of the games against the USA and Iran can see what it means to the squad to be in Qatar, but Gareth Southgate has bristled at suggestions that they are more powered by emotion than England.

“They have a great anthem, to be fair, it’s stirring,” Southgate said.

“If people want to say [Wales are more emotional], then no problem, but they wouldn’t know our dressing room very well — or any of the England dressing rooms I was in as a player. That’s an easy narrative, but it’s not my experience.

“For me, it’s a great sporting rivalry, no more than that. That feeling might not be mutual, but I can understand that.”

Read the full story on that here


Southgate: Not about giving caps out

18:19 , Matt Verri

No 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.

“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.”


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18:13 , Matt Verri

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Battles that could decide it

18:03 , Matt Verri

Harry Maguire v Kieffer Moore

Moore, 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.

With Wales set to take any chance to fling the ball into England’s box, the Manchester United defender will be tasked with stopping forwards Moore and Gareth Bale, who is also a danger aerially, from nicking a goal.

Read our preview of the other key battles here

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Changes for England

17:55 , Matt Verri

So it’s as expected from Southgate, who makes a number of changes to the England side. 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)
England manager Gareth Southgate (left) and player Jordan Henderson during a press conference (PA)

Wales team news

17:50 , Matt Verri

Wales XI (4-3-3): Ward, Williams, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Ampadu, Allen, Ramsey, Bale, James, Moore

England team news

17:46 , Matt Verri

England XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Bellingham, Rice, Henderson; Foden, Rashford, Kane.

The one and only...

17:41 , Matt Verri

Chesney 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.


Six years ago...

17:34 , Matt Verri

The 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.

Rice on England’s added motivation

17:27 , Matt Verri

Declan 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.

“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.”

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Trippier: Bale one of Britain’s greatest

17:20 , Matt Verri

Kieran 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.

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.

Read his full comments here

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17:12 , Matt Verri

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Last-16 opponents

17:05 , Matt Verri

Group 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.


How it stands...

16:59 , Matt Verri

England 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. Victory tonight, coupled with a draw between Iran and the USA, and Wales will be through to the last-16.

Simple enough.

Evening Standard prediction

16:53 , Matt Verri

After 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.

England team news

16:46 , Matt Verri

England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to hand start to both Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford, alongside Harry Kane, for today’s World Cup group decider against Wales.

Jordan Henderson will come into midfield. It was thought that Jude Bellingham would drop out but now Mason Mount is thought to be most at risk.

Kyle Walker should also come into the team as a right-back in a back four. That means Kieran Trippier should drop out, unless Southgate favours him on the left, prompting Luke Shaw to make way.

Predicted England XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier; Bellingham, Rice, Henderson; Foden, Rashford, Kane.


Wales team news

16:39 , Matt Verri

Joe Allen is likely to start if fit following a hamstring injury. He returned as a substitute in the defeat to Iran last time out.

Wayne Hennessey is suspended after his red card in that match, meaning Danny Ward will start in goal.

Brennan Johnson and Daniel James will both be knocking on the door to start with only a win good enough to keep Wales in the World Cup, with Kieffer Moore expected to lead the line along with Gareth Bale.

Predicted Wales XI (3-5-2): Ward; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Ramsey, Ampadu, Allen, N Williams; Bale, Moore.

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How to watch Wales vs England

16:31 , Matt Verri

TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised free-to-air and live on BBC One with coverage beginning at 6pm. S4C will also broadcast the game in the Welsh language.

Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and S4C Clic.

Live blog: You can follow all the action right here, with expert analysis from Dan Kilpatrick and Nizaar Kinsella at the ground!

Good afternoon!

16:24 , Matt Verri

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE blog of Wales vs England!

Group B comes to a conclusion tonight, with England well-placed to go through to the knockout stages and Wales needing a victory, and a draw between Iran and the USA, if they are to keep their World Cup campaign alive.

Must-win match for Rob Page’s side, which will hopefully ensure it’s an entertaining encounter!

We’ll have all the latest build-up, updates and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 7pm GMT from the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

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