Gareth Bale and Harry Kane
Wales captain Gareth Bale can overtake team-mate Chris Gunter as Wales' most-capped man if he plays
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A historic World Cup victory is being chased by Wales on Friday, while England are trying to get three points in order to make the knockout stages.

Wales take to the field for their crucial Group B match with Iran on Friday, knowing a first World Cup victory in 64 years will help their chances of progressing

England want a win against the USA to assure them of a place in the last 16.

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Schools cancel lessons to cheers Wales on

Everyone in the country will be watching the second group game of Wales.

More than 1,000 schools are expected to take part in "Cymru Football Friday", which allows them to cancel lessons to watch Robert Page's side play Iran.

Children across the nation will be hoping to see Bale overtake Chris Gunter as Wales' most-capped man in what could be the most important match of the tournament.

If Wales want to make it through to the knockout stages, they will need to win their final game against England.

Captain Bale said it was an honor to represent Wales as he nears his 100th cap.

It's more important that we win. It will be even more special if we can.

The Iranians are a very good team. We believe we can beat them, even though they are here for a reason.

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It's the same from England.

Many supporters will be hoping to see that after a strong start to the tournament by the men in red.

The news that captain Harry Kane will be fit to play despite an injury scare has given England a boost.

England know that a second victory on Friday will see them progress with a game to spare.

Is there more on the line? It had been a good period for English football and the nation were regaining their respectability on the football stage, according to the manager.

There's a lot of positive things happening with the women's team.

We want to have a sustained challenge in the later stages of the big competitions and we haven't done that in a long time.

We need to keep doing what these players are doing because they are putting the country on the map.

'Wales need to seize their chance' - analysis

Wales fans, like these supporters in Swansea, sang for their team's first World Cup game since 1958

The person is from Wales and he is in the Middle East.

Wales are aware of the importance of the game against Iran.

They were off the pace in the first half against the USA but Bale's late penalty gave them a point.

Wales don't want to leave it until the last match to claim their first win at a World Cup since 1958, with England and the USA playing on the same day.

At Euro 2020 they found themselves in the same situation as last year, after drawing with Switzerland and losing to Italy, they beat Turkey 2-0 to reach the second round.

Even if your average Welsh person is not fond of England emulating Italy and going on to lift the trophy, Wales would be happy to take a repeat.

Kane's fitness a huge relief - analysis

Kane trains before US game

The chief football writer for the British Broadcasting Corporation is in the Middle East.

The manager made all the right noises about playing the captain from the start, and he was happy with the fitness of Kane.

Although every member of England's squad will be desperate to figure in the final game against Wales, victory would assure that, opening up the possibility of some squad rotation in the final game.

Early indications are that this could be a very open World Cup because of the embarrassments suffered by Argentina and Germany.

Kane's fitness is important to England's plans as he only needs three goals to overtake Wayne Rooney's record of 53 and become the country's record scorer.

Even though Kane wasn't on the score sheet against Iran, the news that he didn't suffer a serious injury to his foot will have been a huge relief to England.

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