World Cup 2018 draw

Ultras hooligans and England fans

Ultras hooligans and England fans

ENGLAND were handed a favourable draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation yesterday after being chosen to face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G. So that is one good thing.

The biggest threat to their hopes of progression to the knock-out stages will be complacency and that ultimately proved their downfall, in humiliating fashion, when eliminated from Euro 2016 by Iceland.

The draw stirred fond memories for Southgate of playing for England against Tunisia at France 98, a match they won 2-0.

The most hotly anticipated match in Group H will be England against Belgium, a game likely to feature a large number of Premier League players, from Kevin De Bruyne to Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, and they are coached by Roberto Martínez.

Martinez's team will play their final Group G game against England in Kaliningrad on June 28.

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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 worldwide management.

"They're ranked where they are in the world because of the quality they've got. But if we do not beat Panama and Tunisia, we should start again!" Southgate's under-stated approach will help, however, with the former England midfielder not prone to over-hyping his team.

The practice draw finished with England drawing Japan, arguably one of the stiffest sides in Pot 4. They are pushing the likes of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson. The question for Southgate is whether he goes with inexperience in the shape of Reuben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Harry Winks, or plays safe by handing global reprieves to Chris Smalling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and even Theo Walcott. Defensively, they possess outstanding full-backs in Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, with Stones and Phil Jones also improving under their respective managers at Manchester City and Manchester United this season.

"Dele Alli and Harry Kane are exceptional players". The draw has been made and they can see the teams they are up against, where the games are situated and they have to travel to.

"Through the qualifying campaign you don't think about days like today where everything hits home, but that's the beauty of the World Cup".

When can you see the last supermoon of 2017?
He said the Super Full Moon will be visible in the east of the night sky of December 3 after the sun sets from 6.00pm. The shortest and most distant from the Earth (406.268 km) full moon of 2017 had occurred on June 9, near its peak.

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