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Word Cup Qatar: Wales and England start TODAY

Millions of Britons will enjoy a festival of World Cup football today as Wales and England both play crunch matches.

The Welsh could make history this morning if they beat Iran, while England qualify for the knockout stage if they beat the US in the big game tonight.

Millions of Britons will be watching the two games today, with many schoolchildren in Wales getting a lesson break at 10am to watch Gareth Bale and his teammates play.

An estimated 10,000 English and Welsh fans are in Doha for the games and drunk late last night ahead of their games today.

Wales desperately need a result before facing England next week. If they beat Iran at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, it will be their first World Cup win in 64 years.

And Welsh fans will be able to wear their rainbow hats, after FIFA intervened after Qatari authorities confiscated them during their latest match amid tension over their treatment of LGBT people.

England fans will be praying that Harry Kane is fit after suffering an injury this week when he hurt his ankle during the Three Lions’ 6-2 win over the Iranians.

Gareth Bale's Wales and Harry Kane's England play both matches at the Qatar World Cup today

Gareth Bale's Wales and Harry Kane's England play both matches at the Qatar World Cup today

Gareth Bale’s Wales and Harry Kane’s England play both matches at the Qatar World Cup today

Bale will make his own history by becoming his country’s most capped men’s footballer against Iran.

Gareth Southgate’s England have their destiny in their own hands and will qualify for the group stage one game earlier if they beat the Americans at Al Bayt Stadium

Gareth Bale has urged teachers in Wales to let children watch a ‘mini history lesson’ of the World Cup in Qatar.

Wales’ second match of the 2022 World Cup kicks off at 10am GMT on Friday when the children are in class.

The PA news agency revealed earlier this month that children had been given the green light to support Robert Page’s side.

The Welsh government has left it to individual schools to decide whether children can watch the match, and Bale wants as many of them as possible to do so.

Bale said: ‘Because it starts at 10am in Wales, if I were one of the teachers I would let them watch the game.

‘I hope they do. It’s a historic moment in Wales, for us to be at a World Cup.

“Some parents of kids I know all want to watch the game but don’t want to take them out of school.

“So I think a lot of schools will set up the game to cheer us on and get behind us.

“It’s a little history lesson and hopefully it will be a great opportunity for all of them.”

ales players stand for the national anthem ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match with the USA

ales players stand for the national anthem ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match with the USA

ales players stand for the national anthem ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match with the USA

England players stand during the national anthem before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match with Iran

England players stand during the national anthem before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match with Iran

England players stand during the national anthem before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match with Iran

Bale will make his own history by becoming his country’s most capped men’s footballer against Iran.

The 33-year-old captain – who made his debut in 2006 and is Wales’ record scorer with 41 goals – wins his 110th international match against Iran.

He will overtake Chris Gunter, who will be one of the substitutes for Friday’s meeting, and take him to first place in his own way.

Bale said, “I honestly didn’t really focus on the cap thing, I just tried to focus on the game.

“On a personal level, it’s a great achievement, it’s an honor to represent my country so many times.

“But it’s more important that we try to get the win. Hopefully we can and it will be even more special.’

Joe Allen rejoined the main group on Wednesday and has recovered from a hamstring injury.

Capped 72 times, Allen, who was injured while playing for Swansea on September 17, had been training alone in Qatar until then.

“Joe passed his fitness test so that’s good news,” said manager Page, who will start Kieffer Moore after the striker came off the bench to boost Wales’ resurgence in Monday’s 1-1 draw with the United States . .

“He is fit and ready to go. We had goals along the way and they hit every goal.”

Bale added: ‘Joe is a huge player for us and is not getting the credit he deserved. He is a vital cog in the way we play.

“To have him available is a huge boost for us with two games left so hopefully he can come or start and do what Joe Allen does best and cover every blade of grass.

“I think he has shown time and time again how important he is and we hope he has a few more kilometers to go.”

Harry Kane and Harry Maguire are fit and eager to go for England’s crucial World Cup match against the USA tonight after recovering from injury and illness.

The duo have given a big boost to manager Gareth Southgate, who insisted yesterday that the pair will be available.

England captain Kane went for a scan after suffering a blow to the ankle against Iran on Monday, but was allowed to resume training on Wednesday.

Southgate said: ‘Harry is good, he came through training without any problems – it would be a brave decision to leave him out of the starting team. He’s in a good room. Surely.

“We got him under control a little bit last week with training because of the strain he’s been under, so we’re always aware of that. Some players need a bit more training, some might do half a session, it depends on what their individual load has been.

“Some have not played much football and sometimes need to be pushed a bit more, so we always prepare individually.”

Maguire is also set to start in an unchanged squad tonight after recovering from an illness that saw him substituted against Iran.

There was concern that the defender suffered a concussion, but a thorough examination by English medics and FIFA – who analyzed numerous camera angles – ensured he had not suffered a blow to the head.

“We think part of that was dehydration,” Southgate said. “Because of concussion awareness, we all checked that very diligently and so did FIFA, because it’s one of the most important things about their medical department in this tournament. There’s no evidence for that, but you’ll want to check anyway, because he felt unwell and why?’

James Maddison again did not train with the rest of the team.

Southgate also confirmed that the FA has been in contact with FIFA regarding their concerns over VAR in the 6-2 win over Iran.

Maguire was denied a penalty after being rugby tackled by Rouzbeh Cheshmi in the first half, but Iran later got one via VAR after John Stones was caught lightly tugging on striker Morteza Pouraliganji’s shirt.

The England camp were angry at the decision not to award a penalty for the Maguire incident – particularly after an incident in the penalty area involving Kalvin Phillips from England’s 5-0 win over Albania last November was used as an example of foul play in a video shown to officials for the World Cup. This had led to fears that England would be unfairly targeted by referees in Qatar.

The FA has submitted a report to FIFA and is awaiting their response.

Stones said: ‘We were in a referee meeting before the tournament saying certain things and my frustration is when those aren’t backed up. That’s hard because we try to adapt our game to the way they want things ref. I understand that they have a super difficult job these days with all those cameras, but there needs to be a bit of clarity.’

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