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Criminal barrister and TV personality Rob Rinder has called out BBC pundit Gary Lineker for tweeting about his ‘favourite stadium’ in Qatar.

The pair were embroiled in a Twitter spat after Mr Rinder raised the issue of the death of a migrant worker who was electrocuted while building the Al Bayt Stadium for the World Cup.

The TV judge tweeted a picture of Mohammad Shahid Miah, 29, from Bangladesh who ‘died when floodwater in his room came into contact with an exposed electric cable’.

He said: ‘One of your countless human beings building your favourite stadium @GaryLineker’.

Mr Lineker responded that his death was ‘tragic’ before adding: ‘If only we’d covered the migrant deaths and worker’s rights abuses…’

Mr Rinder hit back: ‘I’m aware of the excellent work of BBC journalists. No doubt your punditry has taken equal courage. ‘I just wonder if you think it was wise judgment or a good use of your considerable platform to celebrate your “favourite stadium” given the migrant deaths you (‘we’) have covered.’

Former England captain Lineker began the BBC’s coverage of the World Cup with a monologue where he raised the country’s record on corruption, treatment of migrant workers, the illegality of homosexuality and women’s rights. 

It comes as a top Qatari official involved in the country’s World Cup organisation yesterday estimated the number of worker deaths for the tournament between ‘400 and 500’ for the first time in a drastic shake-up of Doha’s normal party line.

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Knocking back shots and performing cartwheels, the fun-loving Wales WAGs have been putting their rivals to shame off the pitch.

While England’s wives and girlfriends were seen yawning in the stands last week, their carefree counterparts have been having a boozy party.

The Wales women have been enjoying plenty of high jinks, perhaps making the most of their trip in case they were going home early.

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Phil Foden set to START for England tonight with Marcus Rashford

Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford are in line to start in England’s final World Cup group game against Wales tonight.

As reported by Sportsmail last night, Kyle Walker and Jordan Henderson are also set to play as Gareth Southgate prepares to stick with a back-four for the clash here in Doha.

Jude Bellingham is expected to keep his place in midfield alongside Henderson and Declan Rice. 

However, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka could all be rotated for the game with Foden and Rashford primed for their first starts of the tournament.

Pitch invader Mario Ferri has been released without charge in Qatar, after he stormed the World Cup.

The Italian was filmed charging onto the field during the Portugal’s group-stage win over Uruguay on Monday carrying a rainbow flag and wearing a T-shirt that read ‘Save Ukraine’ on the front and ‘Respect for Iranian Women’ on the back.

The Italian foreign ministry said today that he had been released by Qatari authorities without charge. 

The pitch invader during the Portugal-Uruguay match, Italian guy Mario Ferri, has just announced that he has been released with no consequences. #Qatar2022

David Brooks has boosted Wales just hours before their make-or-break World Cup clash with England by visiting the squad at their hotel in Doha.

Brooks has not played since September 29, 2021 after being diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma the following month.

The 25-year-old Bournemouth forward announced in May that he had been given the all clear after completing his treatment and has slowly been working his way back to fitness since.

Brooks missed out on World Cup selection but has now joined Robert Page’s squad in Qatar as they prepared for their final group game on Tuesday night.

Football Association of Wales chief medical officer Jonathan Houghton wrote on his Instagram account: ‘Seeing @db-36 fit and smiling made my day it’s been a long road back from Hodgkin’s lymphoma but I think I can safely say that we all can’t wait until he pulls on a Wales shirt again.

‘Hoping that he will run out for Bournemouth in the next 4-6 weeks.’

With only a few hours until the team sheets are revealed, rumours continue to swirl that both managers will make tweaks to their starting XIs as England play Wales tonight.

Three Lions fans are hoping to see Phil Foden inserted into the line-up, while there has been talk that Gareth Southgate might drop one of his midfield trio in favour of Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson as he looks to seize control of the match. 

Manchester City star Kyle Walker is also expected to feature from the off, while Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford are also pushing for starting roles. 

Meanwhile, Wales boss Rob Page could revert to a more traditional back four as his side need to go for the win in the ‘Battle of Britain’ to have any chance of qualifying for the World Cup knockout stages.

The Red Dragons will be without first choice keeper Wayne Hennessey through suspension following his red card against Iran and that will likely see Danny Ward replace him in goal.

Joe Allen overcame injury to feature against Iran and he does not look to have suffered any reoccurrence heading into the crunch clash. 

The final round of the World Cup group stage begins on Tuesday, with just 16 matches remaining until the knockouts get underway on December 3. 

Hosts Qatar last week became the first nation to be knocked out of the tournament, having fallen to back-to-back defeats against Senegal and Ecuador in Group A. 

Meanwhile, just three nations have secured a place in the last-16 to date, being France, Brazil and Portugal, though Gareth Southgate’s England are certainly in a position to experiment in their final Group B clash against Wales.

Sportsmail takes you through the state-of-play in all eight groups below:

Fans of both nations have been pictured arriving at pubs across the UK bright and early as they sooth the nerves ahead of the huge World Cup match.

Millions of fans are set to head to their local to watch the ‘Battle of Britain’ which kicks off at 7pm, with total hospitality spend expected to hit £43.1 million and around 12 million pints set to be consumed.  

Fans are left confused as they can’t work out if Jack Grealish calls England ‘best thing since sliced veg’ when he laughed off criticism over their goalless draw with USA.

The Manchester City star has insisted there was an ‘overreaction’ to their second group-stage match, especially considering they run out 6-2 winners against Iran in their 2022 World Cup opener.

The Three Lions have all but ensured their place in the knock-out stages barring a disaster against Wales later this evening.

Fans, however, have flooded to social media to question whether the Manchester City star said sliced veg or sliced bread in his interview.

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A pivotal battle of the Brits takes place in World Cup 2022 Group B on Tuesday evening, as Wales take on familiar foes England at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

The Three Lions will progress to the last 16 as group winners with all three points, while Wales – who lost 2-0 to Iran on Friday – must triumph and hope that other results go their way to stand a chance of making it through.

With time ticking down to kick-off, who will be the difference maker for England or Wales tonight?

Three Lions supporters have been clamouring for Man City star Phil Foden to get the nod in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI, while Welsh fans will hope for more heroics from Gareth Bale to lift them to a famous victory.

Captain Harry Kane is yet to get his 2022 World Cup goalscoring tally going, but will he break his duck tonight? And could ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey rediscover his form of old and break England’s hearts?

ITV’s Jonathan Swain faced a Twitter backlash after choosing to wear the hated half-half shirt showing his support for both Wales and England.

The news correspondent has been covering the home nations’ pursuit of World Cup glory in Doha, Qatar, where he has been interviewing fans ahead of tonight’s crunch Group B clash.

He even appears to apologise to those who might be offended, cryptically tweeting one Twitter user earlier today: ‘I know – Sorry!’ 


Red card, three match ban, two weeks wages fine.

Admin tweeting about the match tonight after a call from our Cardiff store this morning #ENGWAL

Gary Lineker, an outspoken critic of the Qatar World Cup, pocketed £1.6 million while working for the Gulf state’s sports broadcaster.

The face of the BBC’s World Cup coverage gave a ‘virtue-signalling’ monologue ahead of the tournament’s opening match, singling out the host nation’s record on human rights and migrant workers.

But it has emerged that he was paid £400,000 a year for four years from 2009 to 2013 by Al Jazeera, which is owned by the Qatari state. 

Lineker’s contracts to front Champions League coverage for the channel – seen by The Daily Mail – included ‘minimum 5-star hotels’ and first-class flights if necessary.

He is said to have insisted on a one-week holiday each February to allow for his traditional trip to Barbados. Lineker’s last deal with the Doha-based broadcaster was signed in August 2012 – 20 months after the controversial decision to hand Qatar the World Cup.

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The supporters certainly look raring for kick-off!

Hoards of supporters having made the trip to Qatar and millions more will be watching back home as both sides look to secure their spot in the round of 16.

The Three Lions currently top Group B and need just a point to guarantee their progress to the knockout stages, while Wales must win and hope for a favourable result between Iran and the USA.

England and Wales first played each other in an international friendly in January 1879, but Tuesday’s World Cup clash will be the Three Lions’ first ever against a fellow British side.

Gareth Southgate’s boys have won the last six matches against their domestic rivals but Rob Page’s men, led by talisman Gareth Bale, need their first win over England in nearly forty years and results to go their way as their last 16 hopes hang by a thread. 

Since the 19th century, England have won 68 matches against the Welsh, drawn 21 and lost 14. 

The last time England met Wales on the pitch was in October 2020. England won 3-0 in the international friendly, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady and Danny Ings scoring that day. 

The last time Wales defeated England was in 1984, when they won 1-0 in the-then British Home Championship after Mark Hughes nodded his header past goalkeeper Peter Shilton. 

The results of the last ten England-Wales matches:  

20 May, 1981 England v Wales 0-0 British Home Championship: DRAW

27 Apr, 1982 Wales v England 0-1 British Home Championship: ENGLAND WIN

23 Feb, 1983 England v Wales 2-1 British Home Championship: ENGLAND WIN

02 May, 1984 Wales v England 1-0 British Home Championship: WALES WIN

09 Oct, 2004 England v Wales 2-0 FIFA World Cup: ENGLAND WIN

3 Sep, 2005 Wales v England 0-1 FIFA World Cup: ENGLAND WIN

26 Mar, 2011 Wales v England 0-2 UEFA European Championship qualifier: ENGLAND WIN

06 Sep, 2011 England v Wales 1-0 UEFA European Championship qualifier: ENGLAND WIN

16 Jun, 2016 England v Wales 2-1 UEFA European Championship: ENGLAND WIN

8 Oct, 2020 England v Wales 3-0 International Friendly: ENGLAND WIN

What are your predictions for tonight’s match? Leave them in the comments below.

Employers have been warned to not let the office banter go too far today as England and Wales prepare for the ‘Battle of Britain’ in Qatar.

Millions will pack out pubs and sofas from 7pm tonight as both sides fight to make the knockout stages of the World Cup 2022, in what will be the first ever match between two home nations at the tournament.

The historic clash, however, means jokes and jibes in the workplace between rival supporters are almost inevitable.

But Peter Nicholson, of Nelsons Solicitors, which specialises in discrimination cases, told The Times employers should be careful.

‘It is essential that this does not cross the line into racial discrimination – based on nationality – and employers should make it clear that any discriminatory behaviour will result in disciplinary action,’ he said.

Solicitors emphasised that context was important and not all banter would be considered discriminatory.

In August 2020, a Welshman sued his former London-based employer for racism after claiming his colleagues made repeated references to ‘sheep sh***ing’ and told him his native language sounded ‘like someone spewing in a bucket’.

James Bracegirdle, 63, claimed he was subjected to ‘staple insults heard more on a building site than in an office environment’ that became ‘increasingly hostile racist banter’. He eventually withdrew his case.

This is the moment a pub landlord whipped off his Welsh hoodie to reveal a Three Lions shirt underneath as a village straddling the England-Wales border splits their allegiances over who to support in tonight’s World Cup clash. 

Llanymynech’s position makes its inhabitants conflicted over whether to back England or Wales – but villagers all agree it will be a friendly battle and many will be happy with the result either way. 

On the Powys side of town, landlord John Turner, 58, was wearing a Wales jumper in the clip, but after revealing he is actually originally from London, he pulled it up to show his secret England shirt tucked underneath. 

Boos erupted from drinkers – but it all appeared to be friendly banter.

Despite the jeering, Mr Turner said he will happily welcome the pub landlord from across the road – or border – for a friendly post-match tipple. 

Its position straddling the England-Wales border means that for Llanymynech tonight will be a game of two halves where residents will be footballing rivals.

On the Powys side of town, landlord John Turner, 58, is expecting a bar full of Welsh fans at The Dolphin Inn. Confessing he is originally from London, he added: ‘I might be the landlord of the village’s Welsh pub but I’m still supporting England. It’s not tribal.’

At the other pub, across the A483 in Shropshire, Jason Farr expects 90 per cent of customers at the Cross Keys to support England. 

‘There tends to be a bit more of a mix when it’s England v Wales in the rugby,’ he said. ‘I think some Welsh fans will perhaps stay at home.’

Millions will pack out pubs and sofas for the ‘Battle of Britain’ tonight when England play Wales at the World Cup as bosses were warned not to let the workplace banter between the two tribes go too far and Welsh pubs banned the English.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions have won the last six matches against their rivals but Rob Page’s men, led by talisman Gareth Bale, need their first win over England since 1984 and results to go their way as their last 16 hopes hang by a thread.

Around 10,000 English and Welsh fans are in Qatar for the match and they enjoyed a raucous night in Doha with the drinking starting early this morning ahead of the crunch clash. 

The beer and wine will also be flowing at home with the nation already splashing out £215million on booze for the game.

A village that straddles the border between Wales and England will be divided tonight with one pub on the Shropshire side set to be full of Three Lions fans and the Powys bar packed with Dragons. One Cardiff pub has banned all England fans.

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Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said she would wear the OneLove armband if she attended the World Cup in Qatar.

Sports minister Stuart Andrew had earlier said he will wear the rainbow-coloured armband prohibited by FIFA when he attends tonight’s game.

The Conservative frontbencher, who is gay, said it was ‘really unfair’ that football’s governing body prevented the captains of England and Wales donning the OneLove anti-discrimination armband at the 11th hour.

Ms Donelan said she ‘100%’ supports sports minister Stuart Andrew, who is gay, in doing so.

‘I support the campaign behind… and the sentiment behind the OneLove armband and I believe in us being able to stand up for our values and I’m proud that he’s going to wear that,’ she told Sky News.

Asked if she would choose to wear the armband if she attended the tournament, she said: ‘Yes, I think I would actually.’

Foden has been the name on everyone’s lips since the USA game and there’s bubbling frustration that one of England’s biggest talents didn’t get a look in. 

Micah Richards has told World Cup Confidential – in the latest of our video series – that now is the time for Southgate to bring Foden in. 

He ran on the pitch with a rainbow flag and messages in support of Ukraine and Iranian protestors last night. Known as ‘The Falcon’, Italian activist Mario Ferri has invaded pitches before, including at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. It remains to be seen what kind of punishment the Qatari authorities will dish out. 

The Iranian players have refused to sing their national anthem in protest at the country’s treatment of those demonstrating against the state back home. 

Ahead of their crucial game against the USA today, ‘families of Iranian players at the World Cup in Qatar have been threatened with torture and jailtime’ by their own country’s if they fail to adhere to pre-match rules, including singing the national anthem. 

Southgate’s men came in for plenty of criticism after their dull 0-0 against the USA – quite the contrast from the opening 6-2 hammering of Iran. Which England will turn up today? 

The manager is expected to tinker and could bring in Kyle Walker and Jordan Henderson, possibly Phil Foden too. 

Spirits seemed high on Monday during England’s training session and they would love to put the gloss on the group stage with a win, but also swashbuckling performance to take some momentum into the business end of the World Cup. 

It’s the goal everyone was talking about last night. Of course the arch poacher Cristiano Ronald SAID he got the faintest of flicks on the ball, but FIFA have given the opening goal in Portugal’s 2-0 win over Uruguay to Bruno Fernandes. 

Ronaldo texted Piers Morgan to tell him he touched it. Even when you watch the replay a million times it’s not particularly conclusive. 

What a nightmare tournament this is turning out to be for the Belgians. That heralded golden generation look a bit more like bronze now and tired old legs have meant they snuck a win over Canada in their opener before being put to the sword by Morocco.

Kevin de Bruyne essentially said the squad are too long in the tooth to win the tournament and the Man City man has been in the centre of another storm. He was involved in a dressing room bust-up along with Eden Hazard and Jan Vertonghen. 

What a day we have in store… England vs Wales is a mouthwatering game on any occasion, let alone at a World Cup. The dragon hasn’t exactly been breathing fire yet but a win over their fierce rivals would certainly appease fans, even if it does seem unlikely.

There’s plenty of other action to savour too, with both Group A and B wrapped up today. Stay tuned for all the build-up to those matches, plus all the news from Qatar. 

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