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World Cup: Everything you need to know about Group G

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With the FIFA World Cup starting in a few days, it is time to get acquainted with the teams that will meet and play in order to be crowned World Champions. Will it be England? first, they'll need to overcome Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. 

Tunisia

Having participated in four other World Cup's in the past, Tunisia has never won a game in the tournament since their first participation in 1978, where they made history by beating Argentina and becoming the first African team to win a World Cup game.

12 years after their last participation, Tunisia is surely eager to defeat the past and get a win. Indeed, after a turbulent succession of different managers, the team was finally able to qualify and might be the most surprising outsider team of this World Cup.

Still, Tunisia's qualification was turbulent. Yet, their accumulated points pushed them to top of group A in the African qualification group. 

Panama 

Panama will be playing its first world cup, sealing qualification with a goal from Blas Perez against Costa Rica in the last qualification game. Although the ball only bounced off the post it was accepted by the referee. By qualifying, Panama kept the USA from going to Russia. Panama finished third in their group and qualified thanks to their goal difference against Honduras. 

Belgium

Also known as the Belgian Red Devils, the squad have started a somewhat ascending phase since the last World Cup where Belgium surprised everyone by making it to the quarter-finals and losing against Argentina.

The team has always been criticised by containing many individual personalities lacking of a group cohesion. Still, since the replacement of manager Marc Wilmotts by Roberto Martinez, the team has shown more team spirit, qualifying easily for the World Cup, even being the first European team to qualify.

The team has scored 43 goals, one of highest total in Europe along with Germany, demonstrating their offensive power. Players, including Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne were worried about the offensive abilities of the team after Martinez chose not to select Radja Nainggolan.

Still, the team has a fragile defence which resulted in their elimination from Euro 2016 when they faced Wales, even if playing the explosive duo of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, both defenders at Tottenham. 

England 

One of the strongest teams in the group is England, winner of the 1966 World Cup.

Although not having made its way in recent international contests, including at Euro 2016, where they were beaten by Iceland in the knockout stage.

It will be their 15th participation with a team of young players. Indeed, the mean age is 25-year-old and only three players are more than 30 years old. 

Tottenham attacker Harry Kane was chosen as Captain by manager Gareth Southgate.

England delivered a fantastic performance during the qualifiers, with eight victories and two draws, only conceding three goals. 

Although everything is possible, England and Belgium have both the highest of qualifying if it is not for a surprising turn of event where Panama or Tunisia might end up being the outsider qualifying after the pools, as did Iceland last Euro. 

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