England v Iran – what the stats say

England v Iran – what the stats say

This will be England and Iran’s first-ever meeting. At the FIFA World Cup, the Islamic Republic never defeated a European opponent (D2 L6).

For the 16th time, England has qualified for the FIFA World Cup. Their longest streak in the tournament is their seventh consecutive appearance.

With 39 goals and only three goals allowed, England had the best goal differential during the group stage of the European 2022 Fifa World Cup (+36).

In the last two major competitions (the Euros and the FIFA World Cup), only the English team from Europe has advanced to the semifinals.

In the last 18 games of the Fifa World Cup, 12 of England’s goals have come from set pieces. In fact, they scored 75% of their goals in dead ball situations last season (9 out of 12).

England v Iran

Iran has only won two of its 15 games, and has never advanced past the first round of the Fifa World Cup (v USA in 1998 and Morocco in 2018). Their third consecutive tournament appearance marks their sixth participation.

Iran has only scored nine goals in 15 Fifa World Cup games, which ranks as the lowest goals-per-game ratio of any country with more than 10 games played in the tournament (0.6). In only one of their 15 games, a 2-1 victory over the USA, have they scored more than once.

Iran, one of the 20 countries who competed at both of the most recent Fifa World Cups in 2014 and 2018, had the fewest shots (47), shots on target (10) and goals (3) in the group stages of both tournaments combined.

In each of his two tournaments as the head coach of the national team, Gareth Southgate has led England to the quarterfinals. Only Sir Alf Ramsey can claim the same accomplishments as England’s manager (WC winners in 1966, Euro semifinalists in 1968).

Harry Kane of England led all scorers with six goals during the 2018 Fifa World Cup, five of which came in group play. No player has ever finished first or second in scoring.