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The World Cup in Qatar is finally set to get underway later today as the host nation take on Ecuador at 4pm. The Middle East country were awarded the right to host the tournament back in 2010 but have since faced a deluge of criticism over their human rights, their treatment of migrant workers and their stance on same-sex relationships.

Qatar will be hoping the world’s attention now moves onto the football as 32 countries compete to become world champions. Brazil go into the tournament as favourites after losing just once since the summer of 2019, while the likes of Argentina, France, Germany, Spain and England will also fancy their chances of lifting the trophy.

The Three Lions begin their World Cup campaign on Monday when they take on Iran, with Wales going head-to-head with USA on the same day in Group B.

Gareth Southgate will be without in-form Leicester attacker James Maddison for the opener and will have a tough decision over whether to keep faith with Harry Maguire in defence. The centre-back has suffered a miserable 18 months on the pitch and has lost his starting place at Manchester United.

We’ll have plenty of breaking World Cup news throughout the day – so follow Express Sport’s live updates below.

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Good morning and welcome to Express Sport’s LIVE coverage of the Qatar World Cup.

It’s been 12 years in the making but the World Cup is finally set to get underway later today as the host nation take on Ecuador at 4pm. So get settled in and put your feet up as we bring you player news, team news and all the latest updates from the Middle East.

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