No fear of England for Tunisia, Panama

Adjust Comment Print

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

Gareth Southgate attempted to dampen expectations for Russian Federation 2018 despite England being drawn in a group from which most observers would expect them to advance without too many problems.

Chief News Reporter Bryan Swanson will be reporting from the Red Square in the build up to the World Cup draw, live on Sky Sports News from 8am.

"But even the draw today will be exciting for the fans". Wahbi Khazri is perhaps their best-known player following two years at Sunderland, but it is a squad without star quality.

"It's a hard group but we were expecting a hard draw because if you are in Pot 3, you are going to have some great footballing nations - like Belgium and England".

"That is the most important thing for us". We have come unstuck against supposedly lesser nations in the past and we have had really good results against teams that would be seeded higher than us.

Twitter user MisterChip has put together the above graph to calculate who every team will most likely face in the 2018 World Cup and it certainly makes for interesting reading.


"We've obviously not been following their games in our qualifying phase".

"It is a game where there are no secrets - no secrets about Belgium from England or for us about the England team".

"To now have the chance to lead my country into that same game, same fixture, first game of the World Cup, is something I'm hugely proud of. We are looking forward to it".

"We have to pay great attention to England and Belgium without forgetting Panama, who could be a surprise".

"I think we've got the talent, yes, to compete against anyone", he says.

"I'm sure at some point we will probably do that, but I like the fact that different people have taken and had to take responsibility", he added.

Comments