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

Posted December 03, 2017

They will then travel to Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 to take on Panama, with their final group fixture against Belgium on June 28 in Kaliningrad.

"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".

England have never lost to Belgium at a major tournament and have only lost one of their 21 matches against them.

He added: "We are a group of players with an incredible responsibility, they are true ambassadors for Belgium football".

Tunisia will be based just outside Moscow during the tournament, and their coach is also happy at avoiding playing until the fifth day of the competition.

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

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The middle game comes against debutants Panama - who provide another link to 1998, as they are managed by Hernan Darío Gomez, who coached Colombia against England in France.

The World Cup trophy on display in Moscow, Russia.

"We haven't done as much preparing on the African teams yet so now that's what we can focus in on".

"We haven't beaten those top teams yet so that is something we have got to aspire to do but we also know the team is improving and is going to improve in the months and years to come. Panama are learning and trying to progress", he said.

Diego Maradona drew the balls from Pot 2 and put Gareth Southgate's side in Group G, with a relatively modest amount of travelling and a relatively easy task of progressing to the last 16.

Many of those players that take to the pitch will know each other well from playing in the Premier League week in week out, and the two managers will also be accustomed with one another after working as TV pundits together before global management. Wahbi Khazri is perhaps their best-known player following two years at Sunderland, but it is a squad without star quality.

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