England are hard to oppose in Group B after reaching the semi-finals four years ago and finishing as runners-up at Euro 2020. The Three Lions were unbeaten in qualifying for Qatar 2022 and simply look a class apart from the USA, Wales and Iran on all known form.
USA have reached the knockout stage the last two times they have qualified, losing to Ghana in South Africa in 2010 and Belgium in Brazil four years later, both in extra-time, so a squad headlined by Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic can't be underestimated.
Wales became the last European nation to reach Qatar, beating Ukraine 1-0 in their play-off final in Cardiff to end a 64-year wait for another World Cup appearance, and the Dragons can take heart from topping a Euro 2016 group featuring England on route to making the semi-finals.
Iran have made it this far on five previous occasions, including the last two renewals, and not gone any further, although Team Melli have managed to record a couple of match wins, beating the USA in 1998 and Morocco four years ago.