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

Posted December 03, 2017

Elsewhere in the draw, hosts Russian Federation were placed in Group A alongside Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay, with neighbours Portugal and Spain in Group B with Morocco and Iran.

Hosts Russia are automatically in pot one and Southgate, has admitted he has not envisaged an ideal group scenario. "It could help. We've got to get that period of training and recovery and freshness right".

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.

He added: "People are excited by some of the younger players and the approach we have taken and we have got to build on that". It is not something I worry about.

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"Vertonghen should be happy he can play against England", one fan wrote. "What I am looking forward to is being able to say "that is who we are playing" and looking at their previous games and getting on with preparing in earnest".

"The longest flights wherever you base yourself, unless you go to Moscow as your base, has some three hour flights", Southgate said.

The away kit, which features a St George's cross on the shirt, comes with white shorts and red socks. "It's nothing like it was in Brazil (in 2014) where the trip to Manaus was a six-hour flight - that is significant travel".

"Belgium are the team in the best form just now but I think we can negotiate the match against England".

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

Southgate feels the current Belgium squad is the best the country has ever produced, and calls the draw "really exciting". 95 per cent of our squad plays overseas, and when they play for the national team they look forward to it and enjoy it.

"What's exciting for our team is, although we lack some big match experience and we don't have at the moment trophies and medals on the table for a lot of the lads, I think that's all ahead for them and what's possible is exciting".

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