It's been an unusual build-up to the FIFA World Cup with the Premier League in full flow and the weather getting cooler - but now it's here, excitement is building for England's latest attempt to bring football home.

Looking to improve on their semi-final performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, England begin their Qatar campaign at 1pm on Monday, November 21, against Iran.

Gareth Southgate's side then take on the USA at 7pm on Friday, November 25, before concluding their group stage matches with a tussle against neighbours Wales at 7pm on Tuesday, November 29.

If England get through their group, a round of 16 tie will await them at either 3pm on Saturday, December 3, or 7pm on Sunday, December 4.

After the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, the final will take place at 3pm on Saturday, December 17.

Whether you're planning to indulge in cold beer or a steaming hot chocolate for this winter World Cup, here's your guide to some of the places that will be showing England's games in Stevenage and North Hertfordshire.

The 76 Lounge, Stevenage FC, SG2 8RH

Stevenage FC's plush new bar in the North Stand at the Lamex Stadium hosted screenings of England's games at the Euros last year, and they'll be showing every minute of England's campaign again this time around.

You can pay £15 for an advance ticket which includes some hot food and a drink, or turn up on the day and pay for drinks and snacks as you go. Doors open an hour before each match.

The Drapers Arms, Stevenage, SG1 3DW

The Drapers Arms is a popular Stevenage haunt, and they'll be showing every World Cup game on their TVs. They've got big screens as well as booths with their own smaller screens.

You can book ahead on their website to guarantee your seat.

The Old Post Office, Stevenage, SG1 1PF

Offering a town centre option, the Old Post Office near the town square in Stevenage is taking bookings for all the World Cup matches. Whether you're following England or any other team featuring in Qatar, you'll be able to see the games you want to watch on their screens. Guarantee yourself a table by booking in advance.

The Coopers Inn, Stevenage, SG2 9RZ

Located in Poplars, the Coopers Inn is another pub that will be showing all of England's matches. Booking in advance is recommended.

The Rose & Crown, Hitchin, SG5 1DS

There are some great options for watching England's games elsewhere in North Herts too. The Rose & Crown in Hitchin, a Craft Union pub, prides itself on its sports coverage so it's no surprise that they'll be showing Harry Kane's team from beginning to end of the tournament.

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Osinsky's, Hitchin, SG5 1DY

Also in Hitchin's Market Place is Osinsky's, a popular sports bar. They specialise in grilled food, and offer pool tables for customers too. You can now book a table for the World Cup on their website.

The Platform, Letchworth, SG6 3AN

This traditional pub close to the railway station in Letchworth will also be showing all of England's matches. Anybody interested in joining the action is recommended to book in advance.

Pop up Pub, Hitchin Town Hall, SG5 1JE

A pop-up pub is being set up at Hitchin Town Hall for all the family to come along and enjoy the games on the big screen.

Football fans will just need to pay a £10 refundable deposit to reserve seats for up to 10 people. The deposit will be refunded within 48 hours after the event.

The bar will take card payments only. 

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