England land Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in 2018 World Cup draw

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks prior to the start of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow

They'll then meet Panama - who are appearing in the tournament for the first time - before a clash with Belgium in their final Group G match in Kaliningrad.

On Friday, the World Cup draw also pitted the North Africans against Belgium and Panama.

But who are England most likely to face in today's draw based on 20.000.000 simulation?

"Belgium are ranked fifth in the world (rankings) - and are one of the great nations in the world, not only in Europe".

"It's a hard group but we were expecting a hard draw because if you are in Pot 3, you are going to have some great footballing nations - like Belgium and England".

"We have a great chance", said the former worldwide, who played for Tunisia between 1982-1994.

"Belgium will be favourites even to win the World Cup, but it is the ideal game to see how good this English team is".




Despite being handed a relatively kind draw, Southgate says his men must do the background work to ensure they are prepared to deliver the goods when they come up against Tunisia and Panama.

"We've obviously not been following their games in our qualifying phase".

"Because we are second seeds, we have to have two games where we will be favourites and we have got to handle that".

Southgate pointed to England's premature exits from the last World Cup and Euro 2016 as reasons for limiting expectations. "We are excited by the players we are working with and looking forward to seeing that journey develop".

With all this considered, it's now high time we had a peek at what England's players (might?) be wearing as they take to the field in Russian Federation.

"Now it is just down to us to repay the faith that he has put into us".

"So, I like the fact that's been shared and I think it's important for us, especially with the younger groups, that they get a feel of that and that they get a feel of responsibility".

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