England , Iran, USA, Wales
Group B is the group of political tensions and rivalries — England, United States, Iran and Wales each have a strenuous relationship with another country in the group. But this is the World Cup, and we’re not here to talk about politics (despite the Qatari sportswashing). This England team have been on the cusp of greatness in their last two major international tournaments, as they made the semifinals at the last World Cup and fell on penalties to Italy in the European Championship 2020 final. England are certainly contenders for the trophy, and should finish first in the group. USA are entering a golden generation, with one of the youngest teams at the tournament and numerous up-and-coming players. Their talent on the attack and in midfield will be crucial to their success, and Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna will look to lead the USA out of the group and maybe even further. Wales will be the USA’s main contender for second place in the group. Wales have a strong defense, and their talisman winger Gareth Bale always poses a threat on the attack. This is the first time Wales has made the World Cup since 1958, and they are looking to make this appearance count. But, as a fan and critic, I have the U.S. edging them out for the second spot in the group. Iran is the final team in the group, and they are compact and will look to exploit opportunities on the counter attack with Mehdi Taremi and Sardar Azmoun up top, but will find a tough path forward to the knockout stages.