England draw Belgium in World Cup group
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England have drawn Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in Group G of the 2018 World Cup draw. Gareth Southgate’s side will be favourites to go through alongside Roberto Martinez’s star-studded Belgium featuring the likes of Premier League and Champions League superstars like Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco. The Lions will also take on Panama during their maiden World Cup campaign, as well as the African side Tunisia. Group A leaders and hosts Russia will kickstart their campaign on 14th June 2018 against Saudi Arabia, before having matches against Mohammed Salah’s Eygpt and Luis Suarez’s Uruguay. Group B seems to be the Group of Death with Euro 2016 winners Portugal squaring off against World Cup 2010 winners Spain, dark-horses Morocco and Iran. Group D also looks interesting with Victor Moses’ Nigeria, Euro 2016 surprise packages Croatia and Iceland drawn against an Argentina outfit who can boast Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria. France will be hoping to banish the memories of their 2016 Euros Final heartbreak and have a seemingly easy Group C with Peru, Denmark and Australia, who scraped through in the
play-offs against Syria and Honduras.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, who this year became the world’s most expensive player will lead his country in Group E against 2014 World Cup shockers Costa Rica, renewing acquaintances with his old Real Madrid nemesis Keylor Navas. The Seleção also have tricky challenges against Xherdan Shaqiri and Switzerland, as well as the notoriously tough-to-break-down Serbia.
Finally, Group F is by no means easy with World Champions Germany set to face off against Mexico, who finished top of CONCAF qualification, Sweden who defeated France in the qualification rounds for the 2018 World Cup and Heung-Min Son’s South Korea, who famously finished third in the 2002 World Cup which they co-hosted.
If England get through, they can only play Senegal, Poland, Colombia or Japan who are all contesting Group H due to seeding rules.
The 2018 World Cup will commence on Thursday 14th June 2018 with Russia vs. Saudi Arabia in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. England’s campaign will begin on Monday 18th June against Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, before facing Panama in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium six days later. Their group stage campaign will conclude against Belgium in Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on Thursday 28th June.
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